Only good for edging…

Flannel edged with cotton, crocheted to make the piece.

Flannel edged with cotton, crocheted to make the piece.

One of the things I hear, and read most often is the one “bone” some die hard snobs like to throw us…”Crochet is only good for edging.”

I thought I would speak to this statement, I’m not going to argue that crochet is so much more (you and I know that it is), what I am going to do is discuss something near and dear to any hand workers heart: Finishing.

You may be the best handworker in the world (regardless of your media), even stitch work, perfect gauge, woven in ends, blind seams and the ability to block a garment to perfection, but if you don’t add a finishing touch the garment will not “pop”.

Buttons, decorative stitching, zippers, applique, and yes, edgings can take a very plain garment and transform it into something dazzling to behold. Edgings are part of a class of objects known as embellishments, and we all know that an embellishment if done in just the right way makes the piece.

So the next time a person says, ‘Well, crochet is only good for edging on my sweaters.”

Don’t take it as a put down, just reply cheerily, “But of course it’s fabulous on your sweaters, after all they would be boring without the crochet!”crocheted edging

Yes, that’s my catty remark of the day…but after the last rant and an unrelated string on the whole subject of cro-discrimination on the International Freeform list I just felt we needed a nice retort to the whole “edging” commentary that gets  oh…so…old!

crocheted edging
Detail of the edging above. Crocheted scarf and edging

Detail of the edging above. Crocheted scarf and edging

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