Crochet Inspiration in the Movies | That Hollywood Afghan and Delicate Black Shawl

I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted a Crochet Inspiration post. Over a year at least! It just goes to show how preoccupied I have been with other things. And what a shame!

If you are new to these posts be sure to visit my Crochet Obsession page to see other posts on the subject. As a quick summary, I enjoy spotting pieces of crochet in movies, or things that inspire me to crochet, and sharing them here on Ginger Peachy. Some of which I have even gotten around to recreating (see The Pioneer Shawl).

While watching one of our "oldie-goldie" favorite movies, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, I saw this afghan that looked all too familiar. This afghan is what I call the Hollywood Prop because it shows up in many different movies. (See this post for previous instances of this afghan).

The afghan is characterized by its motifs of multiple colors. Each motif has two tones of  color and is surrounded by black with a black border. It appears to be a smaller afghan than most pioneers would have and instead makes a wonderful make-shift shawl.

As many times as I have seen this afghan, one day I will have to recreate it, despite my earlier reserves with the black (I don't like black). A person can only see a piece so many times before they realize it is begging for them to make one just like it.

On a more simple note, a few of the townswomen don crocheted blankets and shawls as well. I love the knit of the red --it's so thick and chunky. Hollywood didn't spare the vintage pieces and I am glad. It makes the movie all the more authentic.

Here is another piece done in black but I can forgive them while Milly wears it with this outfit. It's the perfect thing to offset her blonde hair and tan blouse. This is a more delicate choice and very feminine. Take a look at the back.

Closer knit towards the top and lacier around the edge. What I would give for a better quality closeup of this picture! Shawls are very popular subjects of crocheters and I guess it is because of its history. Why was it, I wonder, that women would wrap themselves in shawls and afghans while men wore heavy coats? Maybe it started with the fashion statement. Shawls were handmade and usually delicately done, adding the perfect touch to an outfit, whether casual or formal. I think feminine when I consider them.

Of course, the costumes in this movie are pretty grand all around. And so are the songs and dances. All set in the 1850 Oregon frontier, making it, as I said, one of our favorites.

What do you think? Are you a crocheter that notices the craft in movies? What inspires you to crochet? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

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