Friday, March 5, 2010

A Surprise Treasure

I purchased a ziplock bag of miscellaneous lace at a yard sale last summer.  It looked like bits and pieces of the cheapest kind of lace available at any fabric store.  I was thinking I could use it in some of my art or sewing projects. was only 50 cents!
When a student needed some lace to trim a pillow project, I brought him the bag to pick through.  "What's this?", he asked me.
When I looked closely, I realized it was tatted lace, hand made of very fine thread that I suspect is linen.  Oh, the painstaking labor that went into this!  The knots are so fine, I can't see them without my glasses. There are six yards wrapped around a scrap piece of cardboard.  Even the bit of cardboard is delightful!  Because this kind of cardboard is not acid free, I have rewound the lace around a roll I made from archival white card stock to preserve it.

I was able to tell the students how tatting is done, and they marveled at how anyone would have the patience to make that much lace.  I take seriously my obligation to teach about fiber arts to as many people as possible.  I love that I have a captive audience of 12 students every week!