6/09/2013

Special Gift and thread shop news

Every once in awhile I receive a gift so precious that I can't believe my luck.  Today was such a day.

My Italian friend Cristina just returned from Italy and gave me some handmade Italian lace belonging to her grandmother...

There are 12 pieces like the triangle in the center and it is called Pizzo di Cant├╣
 There are several YOUtube videos showing it being made and they are all in foreign languages... The triangle pieces were made for napkin corners.

The square is an entirely different type of lace and also handmade.  It must be for a handkerchief.....incredibly delicate.  It will have to go on something extra special.  She also gave me some handmade black lace.

My little thread shop where I taught classes this spring is up for sale.  It has only been in business for eight months... I'm so glad I was able to teach there and find the stitchers for our new crazy quilt group... The best case scenario would be for someone to buy it and remain in the same location...

6 comments:

margaret said...

the lace looks very special, I especially like the square one made for a hankie

Marilyn said...

OH my goodness, the lace is exquisite. I can almost hear the wheels turning as you think on the perfect project to use it. Was the picture of the completed frog brooch big enough?

Suztats said...

Gorgeous lace! What a treasure!

Leafblades said...

Beautiful HANDMADE lace - the square is Torchon lace - I hope whatever project you use it for does not require cutting it into pieces!!!!!

Amy in LA said...

Dear Gerry: I know how excited you are-I was the lucky recipient of an elderly friends collection of old lace from her grandmother onward (she in her late 80's) and it is a thrill and an honor to see and own such beauty. I intend to only cut the damaged or stained lace. Your handkerchief piece would make a beautiful edging for a miniature crazy quilt-then you could frame it! Thanks for sharing your chatelaine pattern and all the education and inspiration of your posts! Amy in LA

Susan Elliott said...

Nobody deserves a special surprise more than you! Those lace triangles are really stunning. I know you'll find just the place for them.

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