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The phrase bread and roses originated in the early twentieth century in the American labor movement. There are stories about it being sung as part of a song by strikers, which seems to be apocryphal. The meaning is not, however: "Bread and Roses" stands for the desire for both fair wages and dignity. The slogan has particularly come to be associated with a textile workers' strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912.

I looked up the individual concepts for bread, roses, and labor unions in the Dewey Decimal System (used to catalog books in many libraries in the US) and then placed the numbers on a grid as a starting point for designing this lace. The yarn overs in the alternating columns of lace in the middle are placed based on bread and roses; the border is generated with the numbers for labor unions. Decreases were placed to form undulating lines; occasional two-stitch cables highlight this effect.

Language
English
Brand
Independent Designer
Designer
Naomi Parkhurst
Craft
Knitting
Yarn Weight
Lace | 2 Ply
Format
Downloadable PDF
Skill Level
Advanced
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