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Tag Archives: lace
I found an old lace doily while rummaging through my collection of scraps. It’s about 5″ in diameter, and looks as if it’s from the 1960s or so – nylon, ‘scratchy’ and quite fragile. I’ve cut a 3″ circle from … Continue reading
The little lace patchwork piece now has a background to support it. These are all tiny fragments of modern lace, but lace often seems to retain a kind of timelessness so that you can’t always tell how old it is … Continue reading
Something very fragile about this one. All lace patchwork, with gaps. Gaps and holes – the spaces between; the things we don’t say – will be something I’ll be doing more of next year. Sometimes less is better.
The lace patchwork cloth grew a little. You don’t get the full effect in a photograph, but the blue strip along the bottom edge and the lilac torn square are both silk chiffon and therefore semi-transparent, allowing the layers beneath … Continue reading
This one is nearly finished. I just have to secure the edge, which is just the backing folded over to the front. The flowers and leaves are applied; the berries are embroidered. The stems are hollow ribbon couched down. This swirly … Continue reading
Thank you, Grace, for naming this old silk lace. Spirit Lace. That’s exactly what it feels like: insubstantial, transparent, weightless, and yet with a quiet power carrying the experience of many lives. When I hold this cloth up to the … Continue reading
Trans [Latin: ‘across’]; lucere [Latin: ‘to shine’]; allowing light to pass through diffusely. Too fragile, though, to keep it like this, so it will live comfortably on a soft layered cloth. The backing is a very old, soft linen, and … Continue reading
Encouraged by the first lace sample, I’m now trying it with patchwork. Same technique, sandwiching it between fine chiffon, and piecing over paper: These look more opaque than they are because you’re seing them here with white paper behind the … Continue reading
The lace is beginning to rally a little, I think, since being given the support and companionship of some old silk.