|Lady Mendl Crocheted Cowl|
Inspiration comes from many places. I loved the stitch pattern for the crocheted cowl, and in trying to find a name, I concentrated on the color possibilities. I toyed with names like "Homecoming Queen" and "Choo-Choo, Rah-Rah" because I could see it being worked up in team colors and worn to a football game.
Then I started focusing on the overall shape of the stitches which looked like a lattice or a trellis. In looking at trellis images I came across a familiar name: Elsie de Wolfe. Fascinating life, but one thing she did was introduce treillage as indoor decor. Married to a sir, she was also known as Lady Mendl.
She loved her accessories (and foofy dogs), and if these photos are any indication, she also loved bold patterns.
Good dressing is largely a question of detail
--Elsie de Wolfe.
|Lady Mendl Kicks Up Her Heels|