Thursday, June 12, 2014
The University of Illinois has ushered crochet into the world of academia! This is a rare opportunity for crocheters in Illinois and anyone else who might be nearby Champaign/Urbana during July. I plan to check it out and it looks like a very interesting event. To read the story of the man who donated and cataloged his great-grandmother's collection, see the website.
Knot Forgotten: The Tennyson Library of Crochet at IllinoisJuly 16, 2014: Update
|Murphey and Me|
If you are wondering what "Murphey" has to do with all of this, well it is like this...She is a loyal Courtesan in my Fan Group on Ravelry. She planning a trip for a family reunion from Kansas City to North Carolina, and when she read my post about this exhibit on June 12, she decided to plan her route to be able to be there. I, coincidentally had thought July 15 would be a good day for me to be there too, so we made plans to hook up and meet each other in person! Crocheters are like that: nice people and fast friends!
Gilbert Witte, a long time employee of the University of Illinois Library has donated a collection of crochet books and pamphlets, plus ephemera, which documents the history and practice of the craft. Named after Witte's great-granmother, Flora Emily Tennyson, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library will house the collection.
To celebrate the acquisition of the collection, the library is sponsoring related activities throughout the month July. Most interesting to me was the timeline created by Gil using scanned covers from magazines in his collection, starting with his earliest that dates 1840. The wall at the entrance to the library is lined with color images of these covers in chronological order and the changes in crochet and in fashion are so evident as one views the timeline. I was thrilled to see that the last photo chosen, representing modern crochet art, was art by Nathan Vincent who happens to be included in one of the chapters of my book, The Fine Art of Crochet!
|Carole, Witte and Me|
|Antique hooks: vintage to modern|
|A very old hook set with interchangeable hooks|
|The small case that holds the interchangeable hooks|
|A collectible metal jar with image of a crocheter|
Anyone is most welcome to visit the Tennyson Library of Crochet at any time and review any of the books in the collection. They may not be removed from the library. Contact Michelle Yestrepsky, Administrative and Program Assistant. To find a list of holding in the Library's catalog, then clickon Library Catalog and search by author, Tennyson Library of Crochet.