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Tips on decorating with crochet items

Updated on December 27, 2012

Give a classy, vintage look to your home with crochet handicrafts

Decorating a space with handmade vintage crochet can give a very classy style to your home. Crochet doilies, tableclothes, blankets etc have been underestimated, perhaps due to their inelegant use.

Vintage crochet should be used sparingly. It can only suit certain types of furniture like wooden, rather plain ones on whose surface the caleidoscopic shape of crochet stiches are highilighted.

There is certainly an exception to this rule. If you are a bold, artistic type, and you can match heterogeneous objects in original combinations, you may do so with crochet items.

The beauty of crochet

Delicate table runners

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Made by skillfull hands

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What kind of furniture does crochet match with?

These are some pieces of furniture on which the beauty of crochet will be enhanced. They are simple, made by wood and their style is not difficult to match. If you have an old crochet table runner hidden somewhere in your house try to decorate with them this kind of furniture. You will be surprised with the result.

Crochet in Greek tradition

I have grown up in a traditional Greek home in an island of the Ionian Sea, where all women used to weave, crochet, stitch and knit. From those women I have acquired a love for tradition, for crafts and for crochet in particular. I still remember those women talking and crocheting. I remember them ironing their lily white crochet handicrafts with the charcoal iron, starching them and then placing them on the furniture before each big celebration.

Most homes had a sitting room, which would open only for guests once in a while. Guests were offered Greek coffee, a glass of fresh water and a homemade sweet, served on simple silver trays covered with delicately crocheted doilies. The wooden furniture of the sitting-room was decorated with crochet runners. In the kitchen, crochet lace embellished the shelves of the dressers. In the bedrooms crochet runners would decorate the wooden chests of drawers, where white towels and sheets with crocheted edges were neatly folded.

The house was shining with cleanliness, smelling with the perfume of freshly cut flowers, neat and beautiful. Everything then was made with more toil and care. Therefore, it was more appreciated.

The lily white curtains

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A Greek style use of a crochet table runner

Embellish a simple tray with a crochet doily

Small ornaments

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Chrochet for Christmas

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Crochet masterpieces

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Crochet lace

The beauty of vintage decoration

Change the look of your old sofa with a crochet blanket

Difference between handmade crochet and machine crochet

For an inexperienced person it is very difficult to understand the difference between a handmade and a machine crocheted object. It is only by looking at the object carefully that one can make out which is the handmade one.

The criterion is easy to grasp. Genuine, handmade crocheted items are ........not perfect. Some stitches are slightly bigger, the thread might be tighter in some places etc. This lack of evenness is that makes a handmade crochet object vivid and interesting. Machine made crochet looks entirely even, all stitches are square and not even a thread escapes from its place. This gives a rather monotonous feeling on the craft.

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I brought home some crochet items when I visited Greece. It is very traditional in Greece.

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      I have always liked crochet even though I can barely spell it! haha Cool lens! Stop by my lens and spread the love!