On 9 March 2019, Mrs Glynneth Carrington from Fishhoek and her son Mr Nevil Carrington and wife Doreen visited the museum to personally deliver a 100 year old crocheted pillow case. The pillow case was crocheted by Mrs Emma Shirley (Mrs Carrington’s grandmother) during the First World War (1914-1918) and depicts either a dreadnought or battleship in fine detail. According to Mrs Carrington, her grandmother took part in a competition to support the war effort at the time and entered the crocheted pillow case, which has been with the family ever since. The details on the pillow case reveal features that closely resemble the King George V-class dreadnought battleships built for the Royal Navy (RN) in the early 1910s and which saw service during the First World War.
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The pillow case will be framed and added to the museum’s First World War exhibition.
From Wikipedia: “Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. The name is derived from the French term crochet, meaning ‘small hook’.”