July 6, 2010

A Source Of Inspiration...

I was with "the girls" again at Books a Million last night. My friend, Adele, shared some more of her mother's handwork with me, and I was in awe of her fabulous work.
Adele used to sit with her mother and learn these techniques. This collar was created using threads and silk fabric. It closely resembles Battenburg lace, but is different in its technique. It's so intricate, and believe me when I tell you that it's hard to tell the front from the back. (One of the gals pointed out that I'd originally taken photos of the wrong side. Of course, I knew that! ahem.) You'll remember that Adele made the breathtaking lace edge for the monogrammed wedding hankies we created late last year. Her work really made them special, and the bride love them.
This is the second piece that Adele shared. It's still attached to the hand-drawn pattern her mother created on what appears to be a grocery bag. Once the pattern was drawn, she stitched and shaped and stitched some more to create the collar. This one was never finished.
Adele is one of the women who truly inspires me to become better. Her mother was a true artist, whose mentoring and teaching created another artist in her daughter. Her mother has been gone a long time, and these pieces have been in safe storage for years, but in sharing these pieces with us, Adele's mother lives on through her incredible handwork. I'm so honored that Adele chooses to share her talent and inspiration with me.

Aren't we lucky when God places these amazing people in our path? I count my blessings daily, and Adele and my friends, near and far, including you, are always among them.

11 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Donna,

That truly is amazing work, I'd love to be able to do that. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Meri

DeeDee said...

Wow...I have never seen that before...what do they call this work..it is beautiful....and your so lucky to have a soecial friend like Adele..

I also wanted to add thanks for my little magnectic broach..I would have never thought to do that and the uses for it...it is now more special to me ...hugs and thanks tons for it...

DeeDee

Createology said...

This vintage lace work is truly a labor of love. What a treasure Adele has and is willing to share with you. Happy creating...

Vintage Sandy said...

Oh Donna these are simply gorgeous, you are so fortunate to have a friend like Adele to share such unique handwork with you I can' wait to see what you come up with I know it will be beautiful as are all the things you make.
Hugz!!

MosaicMagpie said...

Donna,
What a learning experience. Thank you for showing the photo with the lace on the drawn pattern. I was reading along and thinking how the lace was created,(did she hold it in her hand and add a row being careful with the spacing)then I see the paper pattern.
Debbie

The French Bear said...

Oh my goodness, Donna, just when I think I have seen it all!! It is fabulous!!! I don't think I even have heard of that type of lace making.....where did she learn that?
What a beautiful work of art!
Hugs,
Mags

Deb said...

Those are jut gorgeous. It really takes your breath away to realize that some one actually made those by hand!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Amazing work, thanks for sharing!

Debby said...

Hi Donna, these are really gorgeous, beautiful, beautiful work. I have been a bad blogger lately, not enough hours in the day. I am trying so hard to go in alphabetical order of the WWC and Sorority party. I am way behind. LOL...

Shirley said...

Hi Donna, Those are beautiful pieces of work. I have never seen anything like it before. Her work is truly a work of art. I will be anxious to see how you quilt comes along. I am glad it is you making the decision. Hand made quilts have very special meanings to all of us. I have some like that. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri Friend.

Michele said...

wow these are handmade?! they are unbelievable. i didn't know there were still people hand-making these kinds of amazing things. i thought that lacework was all machine-made. silly me!

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