Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Seeing the Beauty in Filet Crochet!

For a long time Filet Crochet didn't catch my interest, and I always quickly passed by the pages in my vintage crochet books. Lately, I have been looking at it with new eyes and can see so many possibilities for the technique! Its beauty is its relative simplicity; if you can graph it on a chart, you can make it in Filet Crochet. I was excited to see the article Linda Dean wrote for Crochet! magazine on translating Filet Crochet patterns into Tapestry Crochet. True crochet innovation!
Last night I was going through my grandmother's crochet books and I came across a real gem: Priscilla's Filet Crochet Book No 2, published in 1914. It is full of beautifully intricate filet designs. Below are some of my favorites:

Vintage Filet Crochet was mainly used on home decor items and as trims. I would really love to see some fresh, modern Filet Crochet used in new ways...The wheels in my head are turning!


  1. Lovin' the first lower right image! That's definitely something I would make!

  2. Linda, this image was described as "freeform filet". It would be really interesting to experiment with this technique. It does remind me of your amazing design work!