About Rita de Maintenon

  • Heirloom Treasures
  • Designer Fiber Arts
  • Member Southern Highland Guild
  • Member HandMade in America
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist
  • Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructo

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by old German and European patterns, stitches and techniques learned from a very strict and precise German grandmother. I design and create from the memory of these inspirations and continue to work on collecting vintage patterns and designs and use them as a foundation of own creations.

I produce heirloom crochet items in a wide range of materials but prefer natural fibers such as cotton, silk, angora, bamboo, mohair etc. I also practice classic European broomstick and hairpin techniques, Irish crochet and vintage German thread patterns with bullions and love to combine these techniques in own designs.

My goal is to practice the preservation and heritage of heirloom, vintage and Victorian designs and techniques, applied to my own, one-of-a-kind, useful, yet exquisite items to be both enjoyed now and treasured in the future.

“I do what I love and I love what I do”