Mary Card: Australian Crochet Lace Designer
Mary Card became a crochet lace designer late in life, after deafness forced her to sell her private school in Melbourne early in the twentieth century.
Her crochet designs published in New Idea, a lively new women’s magazine quickly became very popular, especially when they included Australian flora and fauna. A series of books followed. Her designs were appealing and her patterns easy to follow.
She moved overseas towards the end of World War I to explore larger markets for her work. She lived in America for a few years then in England until shortly before she died in 1940 at the age of 80.
This book appeals to many people with a general interest in biography, social history and needlework. The appendices, endnotes and references add to its value for needlework historians, museum curators and collectors.