Throughout history, hand-made collars have been a recycled fashion staple: from the delicate and intricate French lace collars of the mid 1800's to the beaded collars of the last century. As early as the 16th century, collars were made separate from the body of the garment and quickly became a common element of everyday fashion. These separate collars served the purpose of creating a clean and tidy look. They also allowed for easier starching and laundering. These detachable collars were also popular due to their versatility. When added to a simple dress, sweater, or blouse, a daytime outfit became suitable for church going or even for evening wear. Nowadays, the detachable collar is used as a type of necklace and has an ornamental purpose rather than a practical one.
Crochet is commonly associated with making home décor items and garments. It is less common to associate it with jewelry making. Although, it has become common to see jewelry artists venture into the realm of the fiber arts to complement their pieces.
To work with ones hands is a laborer; to work with ones hands and brain is to be a craftsman; but to work with ones hands, brain and heart is to be an artist. - Louis Nizer
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