A made-to-order service for hand made Crochet and Cabin Lace, and Porthole Covers.
PLEASE NOTE: Orders made from today will ot be processed until 23rd September. Don't forget to let me know how you get on with your crochet and to pop over and say 'hello' on my Facebook page.
You can also buy crochet patterns, crochet cotton, hooks and kits to make your own window and cabin dressings and cushions.
The crocheted lace can be used as edging strips to decorate the area of a canal Narrowboat cabin between ceiling and wall, and along shelf edges. Strips of filet crochet lace can also be used to create curtains across windows, cafe net curtain stye, and crochet lace circles, rather like doilies, can be used to cover portholes. These afford some privacy, decoration and let in light. Smaller lace strips can be used to trim curtains and other soft furnishings.
New for 2013: Peony Rose, Butterfly and Dragonfly Porthole Covers Merry-Go-Round Porthole Cover Rose Boatwoman Canal Doll Rosie & Alf Mini Boatwoman and Boatman Canal Doll Charm, Keyring Memory Stick Keeper 11" Dragonfly & 11 1/2 " Beaded Dragonfly Lace Seamróg (Shamrock) Lace Empress Cotton Colours Faery Dance Porthole cover Sue's Spiderweb Porthole Cover Pattern Decorative Handle Crochet Hooks Christmas Bell Ornament Pattern & Kit (you will need to scroll down the pages.)
You can choose from the crochet pattern samples on the Crochet and Cabin Lace page
or Porthole Cover page.
If the pattern you would like is not displayed there, or you have a sample of lace you would like copied, please contact me. Just like the original boat women, I will endeavour to reproduce it for you. Please read the 'How to Order' page carefully before placing your order or buying lace.
About Crochet & Cabin Lace
Crochet Cabin Lace was traditionally made by canal boat women to decorate their Narrowboat interiors. Designs were often based upon contemporary Victorian patterns for filet crochet lace, made with cotton yarn. The handmade lace edgings, trim, and curtains would usually be designed by, copied or adapted from samples of crochet lace by the boat women. The lace strips or patterns, would most often have a straight edge at the top for hanging from shelf edges, or between cabin walls and ceiling, and 'Vandyke' points along the lower edge of the pattern repeats. Nowadays, many Narrowboat owners hang lace across their windows, 'cafe' style, to afford some privacy, without excluding light from the boat interior. Crochet lace porthole covers, sometimes sharing their designs with doily patterns, also appear to have become increasingly popular with Narrow Boat owners and providers, of traditional and modern boats. Elizabeth Bryant has written a very informative article on the history of Canal Narrowboat Cabin Crochet, for those who would like to know more about the art.
Of course, crochet lace can also be used in other contexts, to complement the interior design of late 19th, early 20th century period houses, cottage style interiors and home decor in general. I would be happy to supply crochet lace in these circumstances too.
I have been knitting and crocheting for many years and am keen to promote and preserve skills such as cabin and crochet lace. I became interested in producing port hole covers and boat lace after seeing samples on passing narrowboats, and after being asked by my brother and sister-in-law to replace their own boat lace. I also make chicken themed gifts available through The Chicken and Hen Gift Shop and home-made preserves and Christmas Puddings available from The Chutney Pickle & Pudding Co.
Pagan Dream (the jewellery boat) Lovely handmade jewellery
Anosmic Soaps - handmade skincare products - no detergent, no animal products.
Yeoman Yarns and wools for machine and hand knitting