I said I was looking forward to the return to college but its oddly silent here this morning - so have dear old Homes Under the Hammer running in the background for some noise lol! Only because I'd been watching Helicopter Heroes over breakfast though - I have a real thing for the gorgeous presenter - am probably old enough to at least be his aunty though lol <blush>
Anyway enough digressing into parts of my mind best left unshared and onto some beautiful lace work:
|A beautiful butterfly - was a real challenge to read the chart for this one but I was determined!|
|Shelf edgings, butterfly, circles for cushion covers, tablecloth edgings|
|Close up of the filet work for the table cloth edging - you'd need at least 20 panels to do one cloth! But would be well worth it.|
|Lace for trimming towels or cushions|
It really makes me take my hat off to the number of Victorian and Edwardian ladies who pioneered crochet lace, often by candle or gaslight - what must their eyes have been like?
The pieces above were created on 1.0 and 1.5mm hooks, which were fine enough. I then received a commission for a bookmark - to fit the wording in, I had to go down to a 0.75mm hook - which raised some eyebrows in the yarn shop - the lady thought I'd be crocheting with human hair! But the effort was well worth it and this was the result:
If you would like to commission your own lace pieces please email me with your requirements
Adventures with Henrietta
Before I move on to the fab intricate work offered by the September Embers over on Folksy, I'll just share a tale or two of my experiences related to "Henrietta" my polystyrene head:
Having just finished a craft fair, I loaded up the wheelchair with all my stock but just couldn't squeeze her into a bag. Having arrived there before 9am, she's already sat on my lap en route, so not thinking that I had 3 pubs / cafe bars to pass at 4:30pm I decided to repeat the idea! As I'm trundling along the pavement avoiding running over those who seem to think wheelchairs come complete with their own Harry Potter style invisibility cloak - very common in seaside towns - I heard a comment "There's a woman in a wheelchair with 2 heads" lol! Obviously some alcohol had been taken and I couldn't help laughing!
Small children and Henrietta
I did a community fair yesterday and had Henrietta modelling a hat for me. Some friends' children came along and were fascinated by her - in fact I had to go on a hot pursuit with a walking frame to reclaim her from one child!
The main question was "Why have you got a head on your stall?" Being a bit of a wind up merchant and already suspected by the kids of being barking mad, I then told them that I used Henrietta when I had a headache - my real head could go and have a rest and Henrietta could keep working. Great discussions then ensued about how I managed to take my head off and do the swap! Fortunately I wasn't asked to demonstrate!! One little boy gave me a look that said it all! A sort of old fashioned sideways frown often reserved for maiden aunts of a certain age who are definitely becoming eccentric!
This is the Folksy daily listings club for September - I aim to list "dailyish" depending on other demands on my time. For those who want to see more, there's a Flickr Group with many more photo's
Here's a showcase of work that I feel, echoes the intricacies of lace making:
1. Lilac Elephant 2. Diomo Glass Gifts 3. NofKants Curios
4. Clouberry Gems 5.TheCrafty Warren 6. Pip Designs
Please click on the image to visit the makers' beautiful stores