The Loopholes Blog was established by Cary Karp as a platform for material gathered during a study of the early history of crochet intended for publication, but extending beyond the envisioned scope of the final article. That and his subsequent publications about related topics are presented below (with a more comprehensive list of publications here). Selected aspects of the topics covered by these articles but not discussed in them, appear as essays in individual blog posts. These may, in turn, be collated for subsequent publication.
Defining Crochet — Textile History, Volume 29, Issue 2, 2018, pp. 209–223.
This article has it roots in a seminar held at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in May 2016. Its topic was the differentiation of crocheted fabric structures from other forms of looping, as a facet of the documentation of museum collections. A background paper for the seminar, titled “Defining Crochet,” was then expanded and submitted to the journal Textile History, where it was published online on 11 December 2018, and in print in late March 2019.
The Princess Frederick William Stitch — Journal of Dress History, Volume 4, Issue 2, Summer 2020. pp. 75–113.
An article about Tunisian crochet (corresponding to the preceding one) was published in the Summer 2020 issue of The Journal of Dress History, with the full title “The Princess Frederick William Stitch: The Parallel Emergence of Long–Hook Crochet in Prussia and England in 1858.” It is based on an unpublished presentation made at the Knitting History Forum conference in London in November 2018.
Evolution in Early Crochet: From Flat-Hook Knitting to Slip-Stitch Crochet — PieceWork, Winter 2020, pp. 47–51.
This is a second study that addresses a facet of the history of crochet from the perspective of the tool used for it. The article supplants several posts on this blog that dealt with focused aspects of the topic, and were taken offline when the article was submitted for publication. Details in those posts that are not covered in the article will be either be restored under their initial headings or collated in a new one in the near future.
- The issue where the article appears can be obtained digitally and in print from the publisher of PieceWork.
Early Tatting Instructions
A draft research report on the early history of tatting that was previously available here is currently undergoing major revision. The new text is intended for peer-reviewed publication that will be announced when it has appeared.