I love lace. I love lace curtains and looking at the world through them turns things into a kind of artwork. I also enjoy making bobbin lace which was something I wanted to learn when I came to live in Holland.
I just put a jar of old lace bobbins on my bookshelves alongside my aunt's wooden knitting needles. I was given these bobbins as a gift by a friend Carolien. I was so touched that she wanted to give them to me along with some other items that had belonged to her mother. To a lacemaker any vintage or antique items are very precious. I just love seeing these on my bookshelves!
In case any of you have never seen bobbin lace on a pillow before, this is a photo taken while I was making a lace collar in 2005 for my niece. This kind of lace is called Torchon.
My mother gave me this book as a gift many years ago. It is a really wonderful little book that is a perfect thing to sit on a table with a few pieces of lace for decoration. "The Love Of Lace" is a book written by Cynthia Hart and Catherine Calvert.
Carolien had asked me, in the blog entry about my new dishes, if I had made this piece of lace with the butterflies myself. No I did not. This was a piece of handmade lace I purchased in a shop in Brugge, Belgium.
A sweet quote from the book:
"Lace is that aspect of the poetry of dress which corresponds to the poetry of life."
~~ Marion Powys