Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other material strands using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Hooks can be made of materials such as metals, woods or plastic and are commercially manufactured as well as produced by artisans. Crocheting, like knitting, consists of pulling loops through other loops, but additionally incorporates wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one stitch is active at one time, stitches made with the same diameter of yarn are comparably taller, and a single crochet hook is used instead of two knitting needles. The art form originated around the Victorian Era, with styles and popularity varied through this period up to the present.
This wonderful pair of crocheted silhouette images, circa 1940-1950, are in their original frames with velvet background. The images were both executed in the same style, but in contrasting color schemes. Both present a back view of a Southern Belle attired in floor-length layered skirt, wide-collar bodice, full-brim bonnet and holding an open parasol in her right hand. The color pallet consists of white, yellow, pastel pink and paste blue. The background is a soft blue-green shade and original white painted frames. The frames measure 15 1/4" square with the interior area about 11" square. Very good condition with some age-related fading of colors and a few paint scuffs on the frames. Would display beautifully in any area, but especially in that special "little girl's" room. Great crochet stitches.