MYSTERY: Who crocheted – and donated – dozens of snowflakes?

The photo and request are from Caroline:

Over the weekend, while visiting the Senior Center of West Seattle, I came across these crocheted snowflakes. They were selling for $1 each.

I thought about the time and love that someone out into making them and decided that the best outcome for the set would be to keep them together, so I purchased all 49 snowflakes.

I am interested in donating these snowflakes to a folk art museum, and I’m trying to find out who crocheted them so that their name may be identified with the snowflakes. Hopefully one of your readers will recognize the snowflakes and let me know who crocheted them.

Caroline said the Stop ‘n’ Shop thrift shop at the Senior Center, where she bought the snowflakes, told her there was no name attached to the donation, which isn’t unusual. If you have a clue, post a comment and/or email us and we’ll connect you!

14 Replies to "MYSTERY: Who crocheted - and donated - dozens of snowflakes?"

  • WS resident March 1, 2023 (3:08 pm)

    Why not try to sell them for a bit more, and donate the proceeds back to the Senior Center?

    • Elaine March 2, 2023 (8:53 am)

      It’s not about the money.  It’s about Caroline trying to honor these tiny gems of beauty, coming from someone’s skilled hands, hours of effort and creative thinking and design.   I agree the set should be kept together for the greatest impact as a shining example of a dwindling art form.  Thanks Caroline, for your forward thinking on preservation.  If a home can’t be found, they would be lovely framed together as an art piece for a holiday display.  I, too, would be interested in the outcome!

  • Karen March 1, 2023 (4:15 pm)

    Very thoughtful gesture

  • Spicy Eight Piece March 1, 2023 (5:13 pm)

    I think Caroline said “I am interested in donating these snowflakes to a folk art museum”. Perhaps WS Resident  you can make some and donate them to the Senior Center yourself?

  • Jill March 1, 2023 (5:39 pm)

    Such a gorgeous collection! 

  • Another One March 1, 2023 (5:51 pm)

    I don’t think they’re crocheted, they look tatted. 

  • UberBeth March 1, 2023 (5:56 pm)

    They might be tatted, not crochet. 

  • KD March 1, 2023 (6:20 pm)

    Really gorgeous and delicate work! ❄️

  • Alex March 1, 2023 (7:05 pm)

    This is beautiful work and thank you for preserving the set.   The Senior Center does have a quilting/crafting  club and might be interested in them.   I could see a quilt top with a winter scene and the snowflakes sewn on.    The flakes could also be crocheted  together to form garlands or in straight lines hung from a window.  My grandmother taught us to crochet and we would dip our creations in a starch solution to stiffen them up and then hang on the Christmas tree.    If you can’t find a local museum, check with the Pacific NW Needle Art Guild, and the Pacific NW Quilt &Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner.    

  • Maria March 1, 2023 (7:23 pm)

    I’m pretty sure they’re crocheted with a tiny hook. My mom made some just like these for me this past Christmas. Beautiful collection! 

  • AG March 1, 2023 (7:28 pm)

    Tatting, I agree, and very lovely tatting to be sure. (And if these aren’t simply the work of some industrious soul who does needlework to keep down the fidgets during Zoom calls, I hope they’re a crafting circle and I hope they put out a call here for new members! Very nice work!)

  • sam-c March 1, 2023 (7:40 pm)

    Those are really beautiful snowflakes! Thank you for sharing the story.  If there’s follow up or story on where Caroline takes them, I hope it will be shared here on WSB.      

  • Jethro Marx March 1, 2023 (8:14 pm)

    I would try MOHAI, were I looking for a home, as textile art.

  • Jim March 2, 2023 (8:57 pm)

    These are very common. Probably made in Eastern Europe or China.

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