1. Lace Doily Flat Note Cards, 2. Lace Hearts, 3. Lace Tray , 4. Lace Tree, 5. Lace bracelet, 6. Lace candle holder, 7. Layers Of Old Lace, 8. Lit up lace lamp shade in black and white, 9. white lace printed kraft paper, 10. Lace Gem Earrings, 11. Lace Ruffle Tunic, 12. new shelf border for my craft cabinet, 13. lace detail from smock, 14. Progress on the Russian tape lace, 15. lace hearts, 16. Vintage Trim
I’ve been weirdly obsessed with lace recently – all sorts, too: cheap craft store lace to apply to any number of things, crocheted lace edgings, doilies, and especially handmade bobbin lace. Funny, because I’m not especially girly and never have been – as a child I rebelled against everything that could possibly be considered ‘girly’, even the Girl Scouts. But my tastes have been sort of moving in a more girly direction lately. I blame the BBC and their blatant thrusting of bobbin lace in my face, clearly propaganda to distract me like a little monkey who wants new toys to play with. How else can you explain its appearance on both Edwardian Farm and Lark Rise To Candleford (yes, I’m a giant dork) within weeks of each other? As if I don’t already have a list so long that even my hobbies are stressing me out. Sigh. But I wants them, little bobbins and a pretty pillow and, oh dear, the handmade lace. It’s so bewitching – the twisting and turning and seemingly randomness which ends up, magically, as a beautiful piece of lace. It turns out an antique stitchery book of mine has a whole chapter devoted to what they call ‘pillow lace’, which only added to the mass manipulation. I must resist, really, but for how long – how long?!