Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Gossamer Threads

Artistically arranged by loving hands and an imaginative spirit pieces of lace lie sorted and awaiting tags for an upcoming show.

Each one a reflection of its creator the light, delicate threads are as fine as a spider's web.

Some were cherished for years, tucked away to stir a memory or hidden beneath one's outer garments.

Others were utilitarian, woven for bedding, toweling and household use. Often initialed by the maker they were stacked in wardrobes, cupboards and dressers.

Each one a wonderment of their construction soon to be treasured by someone else.

* Gifted silhouette by Karen Otto (A`Musements)

* Tape and netted lace

* Bobbin and netted lace

* Cotton chemise crochet trim

* Homespun linen and pillowslips late 1800's

* Close-up of Man's waistcoat silk velvet 1840's. Entirely handsewn.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Gosh, I do love that waistcoat!

Karen from A`Musements said...

Oh my gosh, I'm with the last comment.... that waistcoat is to DIE for! What incredible 'threadsmanship' in all of the delicate pieces you showed us.... c'est magnifique!
Edward Scissorhands'

Doreen said...

I LOVE the homespun linen and pillowslips...wow..they are lovely...well, everything is lovely! Such finds.


Lori said...

they are all so beautiful...i really love the little crochet bag...

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Absolutely stunning pieces Susan...those beautiful laces...wow...Dzintra♥x

The Victorian Parlor said...

Oooooo...I love old lace and linens! What a beautiful collection from days gone by:).



Pondside said...

I think I'd like to sleep on a real linen pillowcase.
I visited an elderly friend recently. She grew up in a big house in Ireland and when she came to Canada in the 40's she brought all her household linen. On the day of my visit she was 'turning' her linen sheets and cutting others to make new pillowcases. I felt as though I'd landed in a novel of long ago - such thrift, such beautiful needlework.

Christine LeFever said...

All, simply beautiful.

Christine ~ Zwee!!!!!!!

Sea Angels said...

I love the pillow case with its scallops and buttons, this is a beautiful collection and so inspiring. At a degree show I went to recently the graduates had made the most modern items but had used the old stitch work like fagoting and filet work and it all looked so new and clever.
Have a nice weekend Susan
Hugs Lynn xxxx

Heather said...

what dainty pretty things! I wish i had such nice little lacey undergarments :)

Finegan Antiques said...


I adore the waistcoat. So elegant yet so very simple. To think all of your wonderful examples were done by hand and in daylight or candle light. Incredible!!
Thank you for sharing.


Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

Ohhh Susan ~ those are precious pieces. You are blessed to own / work with such beauty!

Julie said...

Hi Susan,
How BEAUTIFUL each piece is. I agree, how blessed you are to able work with such beauties. I would be rolling in them!

nicol sayre said...

The linen pillowslip with the scallops and buttons makes me swoon with delight. A duet of those for my bedchamber please!!
xo Nicol