Thursday, May 31, 2007

Question from Reader: Rose Wilder Lane Library Display?

Question: I saw that you/your guild had something to do with lace/crochet by Rose Wilder Lane from some library - which library was it and do they still have it on display?? (I read it from the crochet mag).
Thank you.
Hope you are well.
I saw your daughter has a crochet site of her own - she rocks!!

Hi Irene,
The library display you read about in the July 2007 issue of Crochet! magazine took place last month at the Bethel Library here in Connecticut.

The display was dismantled at the beginning of this month (May), but you can see a picture of it, here, to the right. The doily was beautifully replicated by our Chapter President, Grace; it was designed by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The pattern can be found here (for free). Of course seeing the doily in person is just breathtaking! Hopefully it will be a ribbon-winner at the Eastern States Exposition come this fall!

The article mentioned that we also paid tribute to Rose Wilder Lane, as she, like her mother, was also a crocheter. Actually, Rose did more than just crochet -- and she was a local resident! -- so at the conclusion of the month-long display I donated two books to the Bethel library: The Women's Day Book of American Needlework, published in 1963, and (similar to the Little House on the Prairie series) Young PioneersCrochet & Knit references can be found woven into the storyline, first published in 1933. 

NOTE: For those who have the July 2007 issue of Crochet, you will only see the article mentioning the library display IF you are a Crochet Guild of America member. This is because the folks at Crochet! insert the CGOA's "Chain Link" newsletter right into the magazine! So, if you don't see a newsletter inserted inside your Crochet! magazine, then you're missing out! Consider joining the CGOA!

Thank you, Irene, for the compliment on my daughter's website. She has many youngsters (with their parents) visiting it and becoming excited about trying various fiber art forms.  I do need to update it as she's now 10. If you haven't already, check out her instructional video on how she creates crocheted bracelets. (can you tell I'm proud of her? {VBG})

You also inquired about my health -- actually, many have inquired as I've seemed to have "disappeared without explanation from blogging" again.  Add in that I did not attend the Massachusetts Sheep & Wool fair that took place last weekend; an event I rarely miss, and I can understand the concern!  My "MIA" status was with good reason!  My mother was visiting from out-of-state -- I will have pictures & stories to share in upcoming blog entries :)

Thanks for writing in!
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Anonymous said...

So glad you're back!!! I was getting worried.  Hope you enjoyed your visit with your mom.  Can't wait to read about your adventures.  Speak to you soon!  Haley

Anonymous said...

Thanks Haley!  :)

Anonymous said...

Check out KnittingDaily, today's post about the latest issue of PieceWork include pictures of this doily!  Don't miss picking up this issue of PieceWork.