Wednesday, March 7, 2012

CORONATION CORD







About a month or so ago Mary Corbet had a wonderful article on coronation cord and how it was disappearing from use and could hardly be found anywhere. She did say that Lacis in Calif. had some and that was about the only place she had found it.
I thought I would order some to try it but just never got around to it being busy with my contemporary embroidery classes.
Last week I was lucky enough to pick up a few linens at our usual thurs. morning market. What intrigued me so much is that the doiley had been crocheted around coronation cord and a second piece had used the cord as a design along with embroidery.

Friday morning I read Mary's newsletter she posts daily and again she is talking about the cord. She had ordered some from Lacis called white but when received it it had beige threads around the tops. I was very glad I had not wasted my money.

There were 2 identical doilys and 1 possible dresser scarf. I bought them and the scarf didn't intrigue me except for the cord. That afternoon I sat and unpicked the cord (it had been hand basted down) and from one end I had about 2 yards of white cord. I still have 2 other areas to unpick and will do that and then use some in my new embroidery class.

I tried to get a real closeup of the doiley so you can see how wonderfully this person crocheted around the cording to come up with this beautiful piece.

9 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

I didn't know about coronation cord but I can see it is lovely in the crochetted piece.

Createology said...

How intriguing as I had never heard of coronation cord. The crocheted piece is beautiful. Good thing you found some even if you must work at getting it loose.

Pat Winter said...

So that's what that is. I have some from a bag of tag sale finds. It looked too interesting to toss. Thank you for the beautiful piece you sent me and yes, it will be framed and hung in my studio or possibly guest bath. You are so sweet.
Hugs,Pat

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I have seen this but didn't know what it was called. It was most likely at a yard sale and now I wish I'd picked it up!

Gina E. said...

That is very interesting. I haven't heard of Coronation Cord, but am wondering if it is another name for tape lace? My MIL gave me a tray cloth that she started many years ago, and I had never seen anything like it. I took it to our Guild and one of the older ladies said it was tape lace. The tape/cord is sewn to the background in a pattern, and crochet is added to it, then the fabric is cut away, leaving the tape held together in its pattern by the crochet. OMG! That doesn't seem to make any sense at all!! Hope you can figure it out...
Thank you for being such a faithful follower of my blog :-)

Susan Elliott said...

I saw the same article by Mary and had not known what it was until then. I DID order some from Lacis...just to have some in the stash to play with. I love seeing your real life examples!

piddypat said...

I found a book: Coronation Cord, Remembered by Jules Kloit @ Lacis Pubs. Wonderful book, $29.95. I also found Coronation Cord on ebay, April 13. this is great cord to work with to make your own designs. I also found gold cord on ebay, Pat/San Antonio,tx

Anonymous said...

Coronation Cord? Do you mean Bigoudi?

Madamedu said...

There are free patterns for coronation cord and crochet at www.antiquepatternlibrary.org Item B-YS052-CoronationCord.pdf