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Predicate Object 28 Apr 2016 2016-04-28T00:00:00.000Z 2016-04-28T00:00:00.000Z 2016.24.1 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2016.24.1 Purchase 2016-02-09T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-02-19T01:43:38.920Z 70 needlework/crafts commemoration/wars Handmade Anzac filet crochet cloth, circa 1915 (doily) based on pattern by Mary Card. This was one of the most popular of Mary Card’s crochet patterns designed for women crochet workers in Australia and New Zealand. Mary Card was one of the most well-known designers of crochet work at the time. Based in Australia she published artistic crochet designs for “Australan and New Zealand Crochet Workers”. Her designs at this time included many that had patriotic appeal – the coats of arms of Australia and New Zealand, the Lusitania, Dardanelles, but most well-known was her Anzac 1915 Soldier. (She later modified the pattern so that it became an American soldier – she had moved to the States and was producing patterns for a new market.) Mary Card’s patterns were well-known in New Zealand. The New Zealand papers carried advertisements for her series of Crochet books and for her patterns that were published in other women’s magazines. Filet crochet was a popular needlecraft before and during the war. Patterns for decorative and functional items (tray cloths, doilies, tablecloths, decorative edging for women’s clothing) were published in women’s magazines and in needlework booklets. In addition to the usual floral and geometric patterns, military themes appeared at this time and were made to decorate the family home. Handmade Anzac filet crochet cloth (doily) based on pattern by Mary Card, circa 1915 white rectangular doiley of filet crochet obverse: at centre an Australian ANZAC soldier holding rifle, with words below: ANZAC 1915; columns either side and above cloth, crochet
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