Grand old ladies

This is the first page of the first cloth book of old lace.  The pages are black dupion silk, which is helping to show the detail of the lace.  I do like it when fabrics help each other like this.

Some of the lace has seen better days.  It is very elderly and rather frail, but the silk holds it well.  I know that some people might say this piece (above) is too damaged to be of any use or value.  In terms of monetary value, it probably isn’t worth much at all.  But in terms of its life history, its personality, its past and its memories, I think it borders on priceless.  There is not another single piece of lace in the world that is exactly the same as this, with its lines and wrinkles and tears.  It survived two world wars.  A grand old lady, if ever there was one.

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8 Responses to Grand old ladies

  1. kaite says:

    it's lovely and needs no apologies, thanks for sharing with us…k.

  2. Marti says:

    Tiny time capsule of loved, well worn lace treasures. Your cloth booklets honor the memory of those who made, wore, used the cloth and now they are brought to life again in this creative, beautiful and useful collection of cloth books; treasures within treasure.

  3. ger says:

    Splendid idea… – they deserve being presented like this…

  4. karen says:

    I agree, worn, torn, ripped, faded, it remains precious, no it's more precious because of it's past and it's memories.

  5. Jensters says:

    Very very wonderful.

  6. crafts@home says:

    I love lace at the moment, its gorgeous and deserves to be preserved beautifully like this.

  7. yes, i am more drawn always toany piece of fiber that has clearlyhad a history, had a relationshipwith humankind…i like this verymuch, karen…

  8. Barbara says:

    Wow, so very beautiful Karen and you have chosen a lovely companion … the black dupion silk, the perfect background to show how lovely and important this lace is.Great work,Best wishes barbara

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