Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Victorian - Edwardian lace and beadwork
Different posting than the normal Soggibottom, to start the New Year.
I promise, it will lead to something else during the next few weeks. One thing will lead to another eventually, you will see as the weeks go on.
My lace iron, that's the one on your left, normally lives on a shelf in the kitchen.
The 2011 iron is the one I use normally on the right. Too good an opportunity to miss not to display the old lace iron among beautiful lace.
The embroidery is mine, by the way, it's a table cloth that only comes out at Christmas.
Another good opportunity to show as it was in my ironing heap/pile/climbing the walls mountain.
Back to lace.
All this came to in a plastic bag and the great colour of dirty mud.
It's been soaking for a very long time, I'm sure a Victorian - Edwardian lace expert would have had a pink fit to see me soaking and trying to hand wash this lot.
It's now as clean as I think it can possibly be.
This is only a small amount.
I love to look at other people's art. I normally have to keep my hands in my pockets as I always want to touch. This lot has had hands on cleaning.
Lace and silk collar.
Beautiful Lace work.
Also bead work.
Now what to do with it all ?
Eye's off the Albanian cut work tablecloth, it's another that only comes out for Christmas, it's just about to be put away for next year.
Love Christmas, hate taking everything down. Always great to see special things when they come out again though.
How old is all the lace ? Not really sure.
Beautiful, clean and ironed, it even smells good, well better !
Just about to be put away.... for a while.
It seems a shame to decorate a teddy bear with, unless you have other idea's. I'm sure you all have.