October 1, 2022
I LOVE to work with lace, and have acquired a wonderful stash, many of the pieces were given to me by thoughtful family members and friends. A variety of techniques are used to create lace, by hand or machine, from natural or synthetic threads or yarns. The hand-made techniques use simple tools, such as a needle, wooden bobbins, crochet hook, tatting shuttle, or knitting needles, and I tend to collect these, but all lace is welcome in my home!
Creme de la Creme by Christen Brown
This is a collection of some of my favorite little scraps of lace, trims, doily bits, and pieces of a collar and cuff. I collage-pieced these bits onto a background of dupioni silk, then hand-stitched the pieces in place. The vignettes are comprised of silk ribbon embroidery floral components, groups of buttons with silk ribbon embroidery stitches, charms and other beaded components. This piece can be found in my book, The Embroidery Book, by C&T Publishing.
Girly Girls by Christen Brown
This entire collection of doilies, napkins, small serving place mats, and lace bits was given to me by friends and family members. The kid glove belonged to my grandmother, and my mother stitched the oval floral pieces. The earrings came from both of my husband’s grandmothers, and the jacquard ribbon from his mother. I collage-pieced and hand-stitched the base first, then added in the larger components, and ribbonwork flowers. The embroidery is worked with perle cotton, and beads. I also added in vintage buttons, jewelry bits, perfume vials, and and a safety pin with tea themed porcelain charms. This piece can be found in my new book, Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the New, by C&T Publishing.
Pearl’s Delight by Christen Brown
I stitched this simple jacket from a fun paisley print that I had found in a $1.00 a yard bin many, many, years ago. Every inch of the base is covered with bits of vintage machine made, tatted, and crochet lace that had been given to me by my friend Jeri. The sections of lace are embellished with ribbons, mother-of-pearl buttons and charms, freshwater pearls, glass beads, and glass pearls that came from an old necklace that belonged to my grandmother. This piece can be found in my new book, Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the New, by C&T Publishing.
Here is a collection of some additional pieces that can be found in my new book, Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the New, by C&T Publishing.
Happy Stitching, ~Christen
Beautiful samples . But don’t forget about bobbin lace ; another method of making hand-made lace . Many different and exquisite laces are made by bobbin lacemakers . Happy Lace Day ! Shelley
Too right Shelley, I will add wooden bobbins to my list of tools! Thank you and hope you had a lacey day! ~Christen
What a treat through scroll down the email and find one more beautiful piece than the prior one. Extraordinary, Christen.
What is the story of the cream-colored extensions on each edge of Creme de la Creme?
These are carved bone purse handles. When crochet purses were all the rage, these were included as the opening. ~Christen
A fantastic part of the whole.
Beautiful. Now I have some ideas for all my laces, ribbons, doilies and some stitching.
Cindy, I am glad that you have found some inspiration for your stash! Happy Stitching to you! ~Christen