You're welcome to pick your way through threads and stitches, but I'd be really grateful if you could be kind enough to refrain from pinning.
Tag Archives: old
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.
Recently, I was given a large piece of very old silk lace, measuring about 15″ wide by nearly 2 yards. It looks as if it might have been some sort of evening wrap, and I’m guessing it might be Edwardian … Continue reading
I’m delighted to have sent my precious treasures to two new homes this morning (thank you both), and I know that the fabrics will be cherished. I added some old silk to the cloth: The three cream silk hexagons are hand woven, … Continue reading
This will be the last treasure to enter the shop for a while. I’d like to share some of my very precious antique silk fabrics. The fragments of silk are very small – about 2-4″ – and very old, mostly 18th … Continue reading