‘Search terms’

Currently learning Italian, Spanish, French & German thanks to the DuoLingo app for android. My mum is Italian & Dad’s family came to Australia from Latvia. I’d always wanted mum to teach me Italian but her family is Sicilian and still succumbs to the view that northern Italian is superior, their southern dialect not worthy of passing on. I’d already been exposed to German & French at school, Spanish is again something I’d always wanted to learn, and I’d love to learn Latvian too – but unfortunately there’s no option for that on the app at the moment. Maybe ambitious to learn these all of these at once but I figure I’m making up for lost time, and learning them in parallel allows me to observe the patterns of similarity and difference between languages, encoded in sentence structure, grammar & etymology.

Thinking about semiotics and the ‘filter bubbles’ provided by our search engines, I conducted an experiment exploring the word for ‘crochet’ in different languages. I used Google translate to find out the relevant term, and the googled it (within the english search engine) to see what would come up. I searched for Spanish, Latvian, German & Italian translations.

Interestingly, although the term is different in most languages, image results (from European cultures) consistently reference traditional design motifs.



Google Translate

Search Term : “Crochet”


In spanish : tejer

Google search: tejer


tejer tejer⇒ vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo (“di la verdad”, “encontré una moneda”). (tela: formarla con hilos) weave vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object–for example, “Say something.” “She found the cat.” En esa fábrica tejen tela para camisetas. vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo (“di la verdad”, “encontré una moneda”). (tela: formarla con hilos) weave vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object–for example, “Say something.” “She found the cat.” En esa fábrica tejen tela para camisetas.



In Latvian : tamborēt

Google Search: tamborēt


8 Wonderful Latvian Crochet Blogs (Tamborēt/ Tamborēšana)

July 6, 2012

Crochet Around the World

When I did my roundup of ways to say crochet in 25 languages I listed the Latvian option as tamborēt. I’ve since learned that this is the word for crochet as a verb but if you want to talk about crocheting then the word is tamborēšana. If you want to talk about something that is crochet, a crochet noun, then the word to use is tamborējums (or tamborējumi if it’s plural). And if you’re talking about the people who crochet then the words are: tamborētājs (male), tamborētāja (female), tamborētāji (many people crocheting), tamborētājas (many women crocheting). Thanks so much to Linda Skuja of Eleven Handmade for that helpful information!!!



In german : häkeln

Google Search : häkeln

Translation of wikipedia page on häkeln
(I find german sentence structure really interesting, and it’s entertaining to read Google’s translation back into english)

Rudolf Epp : Girl at crocheting a border

Crocheted doily

Crochet is a method of textile processing , in with yarn and crochet hook are generated mesh and interrelated.

Unlike the smooth knitting needle the crochet hook has a hook at the tip. Using this hook, it is possible to pull the thread through already-made mesh and thus to produce a coherent stitch structure.

Crocheting is a much younger technology than knitting . There are no known crochet pieces that are proven to be dated before the year 1800, during knitting, if known, in the 13th century north of the Alps was practiced.


textile processing



(Redirected from textile )

Various textiles (v. L n.. R .: woven cotton , velvet , printed cotton, calico , felt , satin , silk , burlap , synthetic fibers )

Textiles (to latin textilis, woven ‘, knitted’ braided ‘, together’ for the purposes of building and designing) referred

With the additional use of non-textile raw materials in the product is for allocation to the textiles crucial that the textile overall character remains, therefore exercising foreign materials only an additional function. [1]

Textiles in various forms are among the oldest artifacts that have been produced since the early days of mankind. To date, they are among one of the few categories that are used in all areas of life of people applying.For these reasons, have for millennia extensive areas that deal with textiles, evolved. These include:

  • the textile technology with its special production process , ranging from the preparation of the fibers after their production in agriculture and their production in the chemical fiber industry on the production of textile semifinished and finished products to packaging of the finished textile products,
  • textile materials and goods customer,
  • the textile testing and Standardization,
  • the application techniques in the various fields of application and
  • whose artistic , craft , cultural , cultural-historical and ethnographic aspects.





In Italian :  uncinetto

Google Search : uncinetto

Wikipedia page translated:

Dell’uncinetto origins 

The origins of crochet work are ancient and, as in the case of other textile arts, difficult to track, but have been found primitive examples in every corner of the globe, in the Far East , in Africa , Europe , North America and South and examples they already find themselves in Egyptian culture .

Sometimes the hook has been worked out for hooks with very fine yarns which produced a delicate fabric similar to lace , or has been worked with thicker yarns on large hooks giving origin to a compact and dense tissue.

This second type of crochet was used by the Chinese to manufacture dolls three-dimensional, by Africans who used it to manufacture the headgear of their chieftains, by the Turks to create hats and Scotland to make hats and heavy coats.

The milder form of crochet originated in Italy in the sixteenth century and it was mainly used by the nuns to make decorations and vestments for the church .

(no references????)



Crochet is a French term. I wasn’t sure how to search for the french wiki and then translate the page to english, so from the english article on the practice;


The word crochet is derived from the Old French crochet, a diminutive of croche, in turn from the Germanic croc, both meaning “hook”.[3] It was used in 17th-century French lace making, crochetage designating a stitch used to join separate pieces of lace, and crochet subsequently designating both a specific type of fabric and the hooked needle used to produce it. Although that fabric is not known to be crochet in the present sense, a genealogical relationship between the techniques sharing that name appears likely.[4]

4 . Santina M. Levey, Lace: a History, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1983, ISBN 090128615X, p. 92


But then I figured it out;

Hook (needle)

hook is a kind of needle provided with a notch at one end for holding the wire with which it is possible to perform various works in stitches . The hook is a “cousin” of knitting needles straight.

By extension, it is a technique to tie a wire into a more or less stretchy fabric, depending on the fiber and the type of stitch used.

The term also refers to the book ( lace , lace , doily , etc.) done with this needle. Making a crochet says “crochet”. The hook is used for decoration inside a house as a place mat or a curtain, for example.

Used with wire wool and relatively high diameters, it can be used for making continuous fabrics, which have all the virtues of knitting , although a little less elastic. Thus you can create clothes.

*again no references. Frames the practice within domestic environments.


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