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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Newest Lace Book Name Is..."Crowning Glory"!

And the new name is.........Crowning Glory.
I asked for help naming g this particular book, and Maggie White from You Tube was the one who suggested it.  Thank you Maggie!  And thank you each of you who commented and suggested names.  I appreciate it!

 If you would like to see this book in greater detail, you can view my video on You Tube by clicking here.

So here it is.  The theme is the HAIR Do's in each photo.
I don't know if they are all Gibson Girls or not, but the hair styles appear to be that genre.

Lots of dangles on the bottom, and a simple design for the back.

The first two pages 

Pages 3 and 4 below

And pages 5 and 6 below

The side is tied closed with silk ribbons

Whenever I start a lace book, I can't stop working on it until it is finished.  By that, I mean that if it takes a week of being in the craft room for hours every day, that's what I do.  And it is so much fun!  And if something is scheduled for one of those days, like a doctor appointment, I get all fidgety until I can get back to it!  Are y'all anything like that?  Do you also sit and gaze at videos and photos of lace books and lace projects and just smile?

I must thank each of you who share your work with us!  What lovely creations you have made!  Books and wall hangings, projects dripping with pearls and lace, the most lovely ideas I have ever seen!  You are each SO talented!
I have learned so much from you all!

Thank you for visiting!   I hope you each have a wonderful week!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Wall Hanging of Laces For a Special Friend

Hello to you all!
I hope you have been having a wonderful month!
I've been busy making pretties, and working on getting my house unpacked.
Moving is hard, and has taken me much longer than I ever thought it would to finish getting all of these boxes unloaded, and all the 'stuff' we 'had' to keep into new places.

Although it's been hard, it's been fun, and I love my new home.  One day I will show you photos of what I've been up to, but it's not ready yet!!

So, I'll show you what I've been making instead.

Do you remember a few posts ago, a lace book of Bible Verses I made for a friend who was having yet another round of chemo?
Well, she finally has finished!  YEAH!!!!!

And as a gift to her for her courage and a special reminder of God's Faithfulness, I made her this wall hanging.

I truly wish I had different lighting in my craft space.  Florescent lighting is really hard to work with.
But, the laces are pretty, and the whole piece worked out to be a lovely reminder that God is Faithful, and that He cares and loves us.

Thank you for checking out my post!  

Blessings to you!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Vintage Photos, Laces, Hearts, and Dried Roses

Nostalgia, Blessings, Remembering, Growing.

It always seems that when I work with my laces, I'm thinking of people who lived long ago.
When I touch the beautiful designs made by hands long ago, it connects me in the NOW, with people from the PAST.  And it makes me think.  What will people in the FUTURE think or know about me?
Am I leaving something behind for those who will come after me that will be of value?

I know I am.  Because I'm a living, breathing, human being of value to God, and so are YOU.
We have a purpose here.  We have a place, and we have HIM.

My value?  Only God knows the real value, but I can name a few that I see.
To my husband, my children, my church family, and my friends.
You see, things would be a lot different if I wasn't here.
And that's what I guess I'm getting at.
I almost wasn't.

These vintage photos are just so sweet.  Beautiful children who lived long ago.
Their pictures left behind for others to value.
But the people themselves, they had value, and they probably grew up to have their own children, and then THEY had children who may be those of you who are reading this today.

Being you today is a gift from God.  Life is a gift.  And it's God's to give or take.

The old things I collect and love to play with are truly just things.  They have little value.
And as I grow older, I seem to be able to pass more of the items I've cherished on to others.  Realizing that it's the OTHERS who have value!

I'm so thankful for photos.  They are the visual history of our world.  Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words!  And the photos I cherish of my loved ones from the past as well as my children from today make my life happier.  Those have value.  Because THEY had/have value.
And some day when photos are all that is left of me, I hope that the people seeing them will realize that life is precious.  That life if of value.  That THEY have value!

Mankind is always trying to do or make something that will keep their NAME remembered.
I don't care if my name is remembered.  I want them not to remember my name, but my JESUS!!
And the VALUE He puts in THEM!

I almost wasn't born, I was not wanted. And in a day and age where life is now an item that has little or no value, it makes me incredibly thankful to the ONE who gives life.  And to the one who decided to go against her parent's wishes and give me a life. 

Each of you who are reading this have been given a miracle.  LIFE.
Live it for a purpose.  Live it because you are special.  Live it because YOU HAVE VALUE!!
And thank the ONE who gave it to you.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tutorial For Lace Book

Originally posted April 14, 2014
Edited January 2016 to add:
I am amazed at all of the interest that this post has received since I first
posted it!  Thank you each of you who have visited my blog.  I would like
to let you know that I have recently posted new lace
books that you might be interested to see.
And I would so very much love to hear from you!
Feel free to leave a comment or email me.  My email is located in the About Me box on the side bar where you can click to see my complete profile.  And be looking for me to announce my new You Tube videos that I am working to share with you.  I will post a notice on my sidebar when it's up and running!
 All the best to you in your crafting fun!

Hello to you all!  I hope this finds each of you doing well, and staying warm again!!
Can you believe the weather this year??
We've been trying to slowly get the yard looking nice...no easy task!!
But the weather has been lovely...until NOW!! ARGH!!
Anyway, on to the tutorial for the lace book.
This tutorial is only going to be with pictures, because I have no clue how to make a You Tube video!!
Anyone want to let me in on the secret, then I might be able to utilize that avenue!

OK...the Lace Book that I made which I showed you completed on my previous post here, was a lot of fun for me to make.  It was my first try at a lace book, and I was quite pleased with the result!

I began by going to Pinterest and starting a pinboard called Fabric and Lace Collage which you can look at here.  I pinned any picture that was related to making books, journals, collages, tags, etc. which utilized laces, fabrics, trims, etc.  I wanted a place where I could go to for inspiration, ideas, and how to's.  The number of people who make these lovely books and journals and wall hangings astounds me with their ideas, tutorials, and gorgeous images.  I wish I could talk to each person and thank them for their time and their willingness to share their ideas!!  If you are one of them, then THANK YOU!!

To start, I found a You Tube video by Scrappin Happyxo which you can view here.
Jeannette gave a list of other tutorials (located in her description box).  Her use of cloth napkins and doilies for pages made the base for her book.  She clearly explains how she makes her books and the ideas were terrific.

I will show you pictures of my own lace book now, and how I continued on her ideas.  Please note that I did not copy her ideas exactly, but I did use her basis for pages ideas.  I did not use glue to attach any laces to my pages, but I did use it for the flowers on the front (above).  Again, great tutorials out there on flower making!  Please note: you do NOT need to use fabric napkins for your book, you could use any type of fabric.
For this book I used some old thin lovely lace edged napkins as the pages.  Between the folds of the napkin I sandwiched two pieces of felt (see below) cut to just smaller than the lace edges, sewing with a machine around the edges to keep shut.  I had to pin the felt and napkin "pages" together to keep the felt in place while I placed the rest of my laces etc. on the pages.
Below is an example of the beginning of a lace book that I am working on now, as I did not think at the time to take pictures as I started the first book!

Using napkins with matching designs made this project easy.  First, I folded each napkin into a square so that the prettiest corner was located in the upper right hand corner, and I could open it from right to left like a page in a book.
Once the "page" was open, I lowered the inside part of the folded napkin down, then cut pieces of felt for each side, left and right.  The felt is pink in the examples below.

Fold the lower portion back up, to cover the felt, and align.

Below is the napkin with the two pieces of felt inside, and folded together.  I am peeling away the decorated upper right portion of the front so that the felt is exposed.

Note: If you want the felt to be seen through your design, leave it in place.
If you do NOT want the felt to be seen behind your design, now is the time to trim the felt along the design edge allowing the design to be without felt behind it.
For this example, I would trim the felt along the folded portion to remove it from the design area.
But I decided to leave the pink felt behind the flower motif to show through.

Here is the example of the napkin with the felt pieces inside, ready to be sewn around the outside edges.  In the picture above I would sew around the bottom left, across the top, then down the right side, making sure the felt stays where it belongs by pinning it in place before sewing.  I found it fine to leave my pins in the felt while I worked on the rest of the book, but you can tack it down with thread if you prefer.

All napkin pages are now stitched together and the felt inside still pinned.

When the napkins are all stitched with the felt inside each "page", I then cut a piece of muslin in a length long enough to be folded like an accordion (folded back and forth, back and forth), with enough left over to go over the front and back of the book.  This is a way to attach each napkin page to the next napkin, making the actual book form.  This example was a piece of bleached muslin cut across the folded original piece of yardage.  The width of the material from the bolt was kept in tact, and a piece approximately 5 inches was used.  I eyeballed the cut, and made sure the piece was shorter than both upper and lower edges of the actual napkin pages so that when finished, it would not show (see above).

I had 6 napkins to work with, therefore the center of my book was three pages in.

 I wanted the folds that would be attached to the inside of the napkin pages to be just large enough that I could easily stitch them to the insides of the pages, attaching them to both sides of the pages.  One on the left page, one on the right page.  These were used between two napkins, making them into the book form.  After trying a number of times to calculate the actual size, I found it easier to eyeball it, thinking ahead about how thick I wanted the pages to be, allowing for things I would attach later.  I left enough looseness between for what I thought I would need.

approximate size of each accordion fold

pinned on the left side of a napkin

Starting at the middle of the book, I pinned the center accordian fold to the left side of a napkin (above), then another accordian fold to the right side (below).

Matching the width of the previous fold, then using a ruler or straight edge to help make the entire length straight.

finger press along the edge, then pin in place on the right side, making two napkins attached to each other with the two folded pieces.

 I continued pinning folds to the napkins, making the backing of the book from the accordion folds.  When the napkins were all attached (pinned), I made any changes that I thought were necessary for the thickness of the book.

The extra material left over on the front and back of the book from the accordion folds I pinned in place.  It makes a nice "work cover" for while I am handling it so much and saves the extra material to the outside of the book in case I want to use it there.  I found out that once it is cut...there is no going back!

Then I got out my needle and thread and sewed the whole book together with stitches through the folds into the napkin 'page' and felt.  The felt gave me a place to sew into similar to a quilt batting center.  I did not want the stitches to show on the other side of the page where I was sewing, so the felt made an easy place to sew to.  I used a double row of stitches on each fold, following the exterior of the folds, and leaving a slight bit of material between each fold for the width of each page.  It made a very nice way to attach the napkin pages to each other.  A final backing or binding of the book will come later.

Now.  Once the basic book was finished, the fun part of decorating and embellishing comes.

PART 2 Can be found HERE

This post is long enough!  So, get out your old lovelies and try your hand at making a lace book.  I am so glad I decided to try one.  Let me know if you have any questions!
Thank you so much for joining me!
I hope you each have a lovely spring (as soon as old man winter gets through with his last huff!!).



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