Monday, January 16, 2006

LOVELY LACE
Among my "holy stuff" are a few lovely bits of lace, mostly short lengths. The trouble with things like this is that you tend never to use them, always saving them for something really special. So they stay in a drawer or box, and no one, including you, gets to enjoy them, except for the odd times when you get them out and run your fingers through them.
Recently I was browsing through "501 Quilt Blocks and Borders".......not my book, the title always sounded too boring for me......and there was this lovely idea for a Victorian Crazy quilt.
Very simple.
Just panels of short lengths of lace, crochet, tatting, old buttons, antique hankies, with panels of crazy patchwork in between.
A perfect pick-up/put-down/portable project, and a way of showcasing some of those treasures so they can be admired for their own intrinsic beauty and not as part of something else.
So I have begun tacking lace on to velvet...it is incredibly difficult to get it to lie straight! I do not want to starch it, as this may make it deteriorate quicker.
The partly visible piece at the top of this section is Nottingham lace which is imported by an ex-Nottingham lady with a shop here. The bottom medallion was made by "Auntie Mum".
Some of the others were given by Margaret. Margaret's mother used to do heirloom sewing and make exclusive lingerie in Sydney back in the 1930's. But her sewing room door was always kept locked, and Margaret herself was never taught her mother's skills, in fact, she was never allowed to use the sewing machine in case she hurt herself on it! How sad!
I will post more pictures as work progresses.

2 comments:

Lorraine Hartley said...

Hello Mary, Long time no see.
I love your very special laces.
Maybe a project to combine them in a special "Mary Project" where you can look at them altogether all the time somewhere on a wall in your home.
I am getting much better, but still a way to go.
Love your blog.
Maybe I will get the courage to develop one of my own.
BFN Love and Hugs Lorraine A "Crazy" too.

ferg said...

As you must realise, I discovered your blog just a few days ago and have been reading back through your entries with great delight. Lace is an amazing textile and although I am a tall and plain person in looks and dress I have always been attracted to lace and beads. I can't wear them! So they are hoarded until they can be made into something. Thankyou for sharing your lovely ideas.

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