"Bangle Crochet" is a technique, that consists of crocheting large iridescent sequins/ spangles into the fabric as you work. They are different from traditional sequins, because they have a hole at the top instead of the middle. This allows them to have some movement, even though they are secured. They are referred to a "paillettes" in modern day fashion terms. This technique was very popular in the late 1950's and early 1960's, and used mainly in making hats and purses. The vintage Bangle Crochet pattern books I have found, were produced by Walco products, and can be found occasionally on ebay.
I think it may be a trend that will be popular again. I was at the fabric and trims market in Kuwait last week, and saw many types of paillettes- more than I have ever seen before. It has been my experience, that the things they sell there, are on trend. I have recently seen paillettes used by designers such as Roberto Cavelli, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, and Donna Karan. I have also seen them on knitwear from chain stores, such as the Gap. I would love to see, and design some modern "Bangle Crochet" pieces. I think that paillettes made from other materials such as leather, would be fun to work with, and give an interesting new twist to the technique.
If you are wondering where to buy paillettes, here is a great online resource. If you are wondering how to include them in your crochet work, here is a very clear tutorial.
Below, are some lovely examples of vintage Bangle Crochet as well as some current examples of paillettes used by today's designers.
|Dress by Roberto Cavelli|
|Dress by Stella McCartney|
|Sweater and Skirt by the Gap|