Whereas my mother was a dedicated quilter and embroiderer, my grandmother, her mother, was devoted to crochet. Thinking back to my early childhood, I remember lace gracing many surfaces of our home, from dresser tops, to armchair covers, to doilies under plants.
Although lace does not sit on top of my own dressers and armchairs, I am drawn to it's fine, web-like intracacies, and find its delicacy beautiful. When travelling, I seek out antique markets and shops in the hope of finding lace that may be appropriate to incorporate into some of my work.
Some of the lace doilies that my grandmother crocheted.
When my mother was a young girl (circa 1927), my grandmother crocheted this top and hairband for her using silk spun by their own silk worms.
A collection of laces from my travels. Included is Edwardian bobbin lace, found at the Nottinghill Antique Market in London, there are some Venetian laces, chantilly lace, and a delicate collar from a little girls dress.
By far, my favourite piece of lace is this Edwardian bridal veil, also found at the Nottinghill Market in London, and worn here by my daughter Leah at her own wedding.