Mary Card’s Crochet Lace: Bird Designs
The graphs and instructions are beautifully clear. General readers may enjoy browsing through the stories of Mary’s life, work and the customs of the era.
Mary included birds and other living creatures in many of her patterns.
Some designs are large and ambitious but others are small and simple. Many are well known but a few are rare. A full listing is given below.
The Wild clematis, Trellis, Daffodil & wood pigeon, Holly & bird cloths.
A variety of sets.
The Pond lily and Lilypool luncheon or breakfast sets are large and formal.
The Bluebird & cockatoos centrepiece & d’oyleys, Lyrebird duchess & runner set, Peacock & clematis set are a little smaller and more versatile.
There are two teacosy covers including the one with Love birds
The Wren, kookaburra, magpie and swan jug covers are suitable for
The Blue wren pillow sham and the Java sparrow & narcissus table mat are classics.
Many designs are particularly suited for adaptation. The Australian bedspread (with lyrebird inset, possum, emu, kangaroo, kookaburra and swan corners and cockatoo border), Motif for bedspread with apple blossom & poppies, Swan & iris designs, a trio for runners or chairbacks in the Holly & Bird and nesting bird series.