Crochet Beaded Heart Mats

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Back in the 1980’s and 90’s, Magic Crochet magazine  had several issues with patterns for beaded lace crochet mats.  Here are a couple of examples of versions with heart motifs, since we are closing in on Valentine’s day.  The first one is from issue #55,  August 1988, and the second one is from issue #44, October 1986.  Sadly, Magic Crochet is no longer published. I have a small stash from when I used to buy issues off the magazine stand.  Luckily, back issues are widely available on eBay, ArtFire, Amazon, Etsy, and other venues so I’ve been able to expand my collection. All patterns in Magic Crochet have a chart using crochet symbols to follow rather than having to rely just on written instructions.


BEADED HEART MAT FROM MAGIC CROCHET, AUGUST 1988, #55

Beaded Hearts Mat from Magic Crochet #55

Magic Crochet cover August 1988 #55

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BEADED HEART MAT FROM MAGIC CROCHET, OCTOBER 1986, #44

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magic crochet cover 44 october 1986 editBeaded crochet lace hearts mat from Magic Crochet #44

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Sometime back in the early 90’s, with nothing better to do during a blizzard, I gave that second pattern a try.  I had some translucent beads on hand in red and in pale blue,  so I strung them according to the pattern directions.  That meant some tedious careful counting – that was not the fun part of the project. But once that was done, it was joy to work on it.  I couldn’t wait to see what it would look like after each row, which kept me motivated.  I found a hoop slightly larger than the finished mat and attached the mat to the hoop with a single crochet stitches. It stretched taut and looks great in the window with the sunlight shining through the beads. Here are some photos of the result:

Crochet Lace and Bead Hearts Mat by Susan Lombardo

Crochet Lace & Beads by Susan Lombardo

Crochet lace beaded heart mat by Susan Lombardo

Crochet Lace & Beads by Susan Lombardo

Lace Crochet Beaded Heart mat by Susan Lombardo

Crochet Lace & Beads by Susan Lombardo

Beaded Lace Crochet Heart mat by Susan Lombardo

Crochet Lace & Beads by Susan Lombardo

Beaded Lace Crochet Hearts by Susan Lombardo

Crochet Lace & Beads by Susan Lombardo

Beaded Lace Crochet Hearts mat by Susan Lombardo

Crochet Lace & Beads by Susan Lombardo

Crocheted heart mat with beads by Susan Lombardo

Crocheted Heart Mat with Beads by Susan Lombardo

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