mary card, early australian crochet artist

this beautiful cottage was once home to the famously successful australian crochet designer mary card (1861-1940)

built in around 1903, it is heritage listed because of its historical significance

these days it is offered as heritage accommodation, and the whole complex has a number of options, such as mary’s suite

many of mary’s original published patterns still survive, and are available for sale either as vintage publications or as pdf downloads

examples of lace, tablecloths and more also still exist which were made to her patterns at the time

not only am i impressed by mary card’s designs, which are beautiful and unique by any standardi am also impressed that she was a successful business woman early in the 1900’s, when women were generally not encouraged to be entrepeneurial

in addition to that, she only began this new career when she was 42, after working as a teacher and even starting her own school

increasing deafness meant that she had to give up her school and her teaching, but instead of wallowing in self-pity she began designing and publishing crochet patterns, specialising in irish crochet

this new career took her to the usa and eventually to the uk

her work appeared numerous times in publications such as ladies home journal (usa) and new idea (australia)

for more information about her life, check out the australian biographical dictionary

to see and/or purchase her patterns, try these links –


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