Book of crochet patterns. The front cover reads: "MARY CARD'S/ CROCHET BOOK No4", at the top center. Ornate orange borders the front cover, with a picture of a pillow sham doyley in the center. Paper tape has been used on the spine to hold the booklet together, the paper material of the booklet is damaged especially at the bottom edge. The booklet contains crochet designs and patterns in black and white. The back cover is wrapped in brown paper and has rips in places.
Deirdre Appelbee collection
Victorian-born Mary Card is best remembered for her crochet designs, widely published between the 1910s and 1930s. She spent her early life as a writer and teacher until growing deafness forced a change of career. Turning to designing crochet, she submitted her patterns first to America's Ladies Home Journal and later to Australian women's journals. Through these and other publications, she reached a global audience. The physical shapes of and motifs featured in her patterns varied considerably: from ambitious peacock bedspreads to simpler fruit-themed doyleys and from the Statue of Liberty to gum leaf patterns. These books illustrate Mary Card's career and the role crochet played in Australian women's lives.
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