Crochet crab potholder by Maria Antonia Ludovici Martinez, San Francisco, California, USA

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Identifier

2021.006

Title

Crochet crab potholder by Maria Antonia Ludovici Martinez, San Francisco, California, USA

Creator

Martinez, Maria Antonia Ludovici

Date

ca. 1915-1979

Format

15.5 x 16.5 cm

Description

Potholder made by my grandmother Maria Antonia Ludovici Martinez (1905-1991). Source of design unknown, crocheted of thick thread that feels like cotton, with tight twist, with the thread used for the rings being thinner with a sheen; the rings have a stiff support under them, white, probably a hard plastic. My grandmother used it, and I inherited it after her death--her dishes were the Franciscan Apple pattern, and she had a lot of reds and whites in her kitchen. The crab is crocheted separately and appliqued/stitched onto the two-layers of white backgrounds, the red edging crocheting the two layers of the white backgrounds together.  The black stitching of the crab's joints, carapace, and eyes is a black, embroidery floss weight thread, in a stitch resembling stem stitch.

Provenance

Contributed by Heather Hernandez.

Citation

HeatherH, “Crochet crab potholder by Maria Antonia Ludovici Martinez, San Francisco, California, USA,” Center for Knit and Crochet Digital Repository, accessed December 1, 2022, https://digital.centerforknitandcrochet.org/items/show/28620.

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