I have admired fine detailed lace work for many years. These beautiful pieces of jewelry were on display in a store in Brugge, Belgium, a place where lacework is still appreciated and crafted.
The owner of the store and the artisan gave me a demonstration of her lacemaking.
She moved her spools so quickly I could not capture it clearly in a photo. I really should have video taped it so you could see and hear the speed and clicking sounds.
I found the prices to be extremely reasonable given the work involved.
I did collect quite a few pieces for myself.
Here is just one piece of lace in progress.
The framed example is how I feel about this lacework. I consider them to be tiny works of art.
For this reason, whenever I find hand made lace or tatting unloved or damaged in antique stores I feel compelled to protect and recycle them in some way.
This year I am part of Stitched.
If you would like to learn how I permanently encase fibers in resin you will love the class I created for Alma Stoller's program this year.