I have a few old doilies that my Great Grandmother made tucked away in my box of keepsakes. Also, a little pair of doll sized pantaloons with a matching pinafore in red and white. Something trendy back in the 40’s that hung on a kitchen wall, I’ll bet. Heirloom crochet just makes me unreasonably happy. My romantic side conjures up scalloped pillow slips and yards of starched lace edging trimming my shelves.
If your eyesight can handle it, crocheting with cotton thread makes such lovely lace. I can rarely pass up the old pattern books I run across in thrift stores, library sales and yard sales. Not only are the patterns rare and wonderful, (and should be saved!), it’s an inexpensive craft. A big ball of #10 cotton and a steel crochet hook can keep you busy for weeks!
If you need a little primer on the different sizes of crochet cotton and steel hooks used for crocheting heirloom items, Red Heart lays it all out for you in their Ultimate Beginners Guide to Thread Crochet.
So, just in case you have a burning need to trim a dozen white hankies with antique edgings, or create one perfect lace edged linen hanky for your Great Great Granddaughter, you might leave a copy of the pattern along with your heirloom. She might want to bring it into the future. After all, she is your Grandgirl.