The very first issue of Anna Burda magazine that contained patterns and instructions for “Macramé Style Crochet” (more commonly known as Romanian Point Lace) was March, 1981. It’s referred to as the “1st course” in this snippet from the January, 1990 issue: “As only very few ANNA readers will have collected ANNA 3/81 with the 1st course on this lace technique, we start by repeating the basic working know-how for the classic cord, which gives the lace its unmistakable appearance.”
I recently obtained a copy on eBay. I almost didn’t recognize some of projects in the “course” as being Romanian Point Lace (RPL). But upon closer look, the pink, green, and white heart motifs were indeed RPL. It actually looks to be a mix of Irish Crochet and RPL.
A brief history of Macramé Crochet is given:
In case the printing in the scan above is hard to read, here is a transcription:
“This course deals with crocheting of cords and braids which are joined together with bars to form imaginative patterns. Lace is especially decorative, when crocheted blossoms and leaves are edged by cords or braids.”
“As the name suggests, there is a similarity to knotted macramé work. This is not surprising, as the macrame strands look the same as a cord made of flat (square) knots. Surely, the first cord was knotted rather than crocheted. Who might have thought of this type of crochet? Possibly someone who found it too laborious to knot a cord form unendingly long strings. Progress. is much faster with a crochet hook. However, like every other aspect of the history of crochet no exact details are known about the origins of macrame crochet. It can only be assumed that centuries ago it came to Spain through the Moorish influence and from there to Italy and to the Balkan countries. In Roumania macrame crochet is still in general use today. Travelers to that country will have perhaps noticed in souvenir shops, apart from traditional embroideries in magnificent colours, the little works of art made of ecru yarn consisting of strands, bars, and fine lace stitches, as illustrated to the the left – often also as edging for colourful needlepoint and cross stitch flowers. Here a combination of crochet motifs, small strings, braids, and sewn bars is known as macrame crochet which is closely related to the Irish crocheting method.”
This issue contains several patterns for crocheted cords and braids.
.One of the projects is this collar, with detailed instructions for the technique of tacking down the cords to the pattern and blocking the finished piece.
Efficient use of space is made on the enclosed pattern sheets, which are inserted and attached to the middle of the magazine. Often patterns are printed in an overlapping fashion. For RPL work, the pattern is traced onto fabric. The crocheted cords are then temporarily basted to the fabric. Needle lace is worked in between the cords, and cords are attached to each other whenever the intersect. When done, the lace piece is removed from the fabric.
Back issues can often be found on eBay, Amazon, ArtFire, Etsy, or by doing a thorough search on the internet. Please note: English language editions of Anna Burda used UK crochet terminology in their patterns, not U.S. terminology.