Since I've started to learn to crochet, I've started seeing it everywhere I look.
Crocheted edgings on blouses, crochet books on the "new books" shelf at the library, posts on other blogs and at the antique store.
At the antique store I was drawn to a pile of doilies that I usually would not have paid attention to. This one caught my eye. At first it was the delicate outer "leaves" with the picots.
It reminds me of paper snowflakes. I don't usually associate crochet with such airy designs.
That contrasted strangely with the chunky rectangles in the middle. It was only $1 so I had to bring it home with me. What a bargain! I don't know if I'll every be able to crochet anything like this.
When I got it home I realized that if you don't look at the rectangles but in the negative space between them there is a star. Ingenious! That's one of the most clever design elements that I've seen in a long time.