This piece incorporates an antique portrait tin type, framed by a lovely Victorian pin. The grape motif on the pin works perfectly with the grape leaf metal finding that I used as a base.
It’s been a stressful couple of weeks at work. Luckily I am blessed to have wonderful family, as well as supportive and encouraging friends. How does one refocus and find a way out of the darkness – why by heading to the studio of course!
I picked up some wonderful jewelry findings during a trip to California a while back. My sweet friend Robin and I met up at the fantastic Urban Barn for one of their monthly flea markets. When I reached the booth for Broke Jewels (can’t find a good link for them, sadly) – man oh man, I couldn’t get enough. I have been waiting for inspiration to use these wonderful pieces, and this seemed like the perfect time. What better way to cure the doldrums than to work with my most treasured bits of stash, to create something that will make me feel special.
2 more pieces, waiting for the right chain!
Rejuvenated and renewed, I am ready to face whatever comes up next.
I don’t know how to crochet, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the artistry and technique of this craft. Many of the vintage garments I collect come embellished with a touch of crochet or tatted lace, adding to their allure and loveliness. And so, when I happened upon these vintage how-to booklets recently at an auction, I just could not pass them up. I will be keeping a couple, but plan on sending a few out to my sweet friend Robin, who’s crocheting skills I much admire.
Perhaps she will be able to recreate some of the lovely edgings, yokes, corners and insertions features in the pages of this vintage treasures. As for myself, I will have to be content using the vintage and antique crochet bits and pieces from my collection on my sewing and art projects. It’s a hardship, I know, but one just has to make do!
Work of Art
“In the Reference List is given a list of addresses of dressmakers who we know are satisfactory both as to fit and finish. All the addresses given are places that we know personally or through friends. All are reliable and make things that are good for their price. ”
pg. 146 – “Francis (tailor-made dresses), 9 rue Auber”
From the book Sojourning, Shopping and Studying in Paris: A Handbook Particularly For Women by Elizabeth Otis Williams – published in 1907
This magnificent piece was gifted to me a while back from my dear friend, Robin. I had such an interesting time researching the label, and was so excited to find it mentioned in the fabulous turn of the century travel guide. The travel guide has actually been reprinted, or you can read it on line thanks to some enterprising soul who scanned in the text in its entirety.
Just handling this remarkable piece of history is such a privilege. One of the things that draws me to vintage clothing is the history – this piece was obviously treasured, to have survived more than a century. Packed away with other mementos of special occasions, long past. A textile treasure. Inspiring me to create…….
Hi there everybody. Molson here – Sue’s #1 assistant. She asked me to check in and let you all know that she’s been enjoying some down time during the month of January, and is now all inspired and excited to do some creating in the studio! She has been sorting through boxes of old papers and is prepping to send some bundles to a few of her artsy friends. Plans are in the works for some major sewing projects, more soldering , and some lace curtains collaged from bits and pieces from Sue’s collection of vintage laces. That girl sure knows how to keep busy! She had a bunch of fun during her trip to California last November and has lots of fun new things to try.
In the meantime – have I mentioned that Sue collects lots of stuff? Like vintage jewelry boxes
Vintage clothing, including cotton day dresses from the 1940′s and 50′s…..
And of course vintage laces……All of these old things make her very happy. And when she is happy – so is her #1 assistant!!
So excited to be heading to California soon for the Spellbound art event put on by the ever elegant and inspiring Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso of A Gilded Life. I am busy putting together my totes for the vintage trim swap, and have so enjoyed rediscovering hidden treasures in my stash – looking forward to sharing some and receiving some pretty bits in return. Deciding what to bring for the various classes is always a challenge, so I am gathering vintage rhinestone pieces, pearls, antique buttons, silk and velvet ribbons, and of course some of my vintage lace stash. Small vintage jewelry boxes serve as the perfect organizers!
I’ll be rooming with Silver Bella buddy Robin and know I can count on multiple evenings of laughs, art, lace, and of course glitter! I will return with a full report!