Site to ID vintage needlework?

linnea56October 28, 2013

I don't know if anyone here is a collector. I have a small collection of vintage crochet pieces, starting with the ones my grandmother made.

I find myself drawn to other types, too, besides crochet. If Grandma, Mom, or aunts made it, I've got some. But now I am also buying pieces. I ran across the term "Filet crochet" the other day: and realized that I had some, just never knew it as the name for a variety of crochet.

Does anyone know of a site that can be used to ID types of needlework? The info I find on Wikipedia and similar sites is more of the very high end examples, not what I can going to find at the local antique mall. I'm not doing it to sell, just promised my daughter I would provide as much info as possible with each piece.


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Have you tried going into any of your local yarn stores to ask the owner or employees? They can be a wealth of information.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 7:46PM
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I've never even seen a local yarn store here in the suburbs. There's yarn in the craft stores, so I assume that's where people buy ttheir supplies. I kind assumed such places were gone long ago...but maybe not. A google search is in order....

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 8:08PM
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Sometimes you'll find yarn stores where you least expect them. You can go to the web site for a yarn company (Plymouth Yarn, for example), and then check to find where in your area there is a store that carries their yarn. Plymouth Yarn is considered to be a high-end yarn, so not all yarn stores carry it, though. You could have 20 yarn stores within three blocks of you without any of them carrying Plymouth!

The Knit Picks web site also has a store locator, to find yarn stores that carry, for example, their needles.

Anyway, checking various yarn sites will only cost you a few minutes of your time, and you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

Good luck!!!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 8:58PM
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I just found this site while searching for some free patterns. The "About Us" page (to which I'll include the link below) says that they have every issue of Vogue Knitting back to the 1930s. So, there's a good chance that the folks there will at least know where to find the answers you seek, if they don't already know the answer themselves.

Here is a link that might be useful: About Us -- A Good Yarn

This post was edited by Lindsey_CA on Mon, Jan 6, 14 at 3:49

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 9:13PM
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