I recently posted a photo on my facebook page showing a section of the beautiful lace throw my Mother-in-law hand stitched using her source of vintage lace, trims and buttons. These little treasures had been collected over the years from many sources and the satisfaction she felt having used them all to such great effect was evident. It makes me wish I had been more of a hoarder of beautiful things in my youth but I am trying to make up for that oversight now. I have found second hand shops to be a wonderfully cheap source of supplementing my stash.
I received such an enthusiastic response from my facebook post that I promised to show more photos here. I still might have to revisit to get a shot of the entire throw but here are the photos I currently have for you to enjoy.
This photo has been digitally enhanced but gives a better appreciation of the textures of different lace and fabrics used. Jan is very artistic and has created the throw organically letting the design develop as she pieced.
This is another stylised photo that is my favourite. The lace piece at the top of the photo is a very old lace collar. You can also see some cute little bullion roses Jan has stitched on (if you look hard).
I hope this has inspired you to keep collecting those little bits and pieces of fancy, and if you already have a box full to overflowing then maybe it's time to start creating your own little vintage work of art.
Happy New Year!
Fiona Marie Clark