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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pearls and Lace Thursday #136 "THAT KIND" of Lace with Pearls

There's just something that makes a thrill go through my heart when I see "THAT KIND" of lace.
And it's even more exciting when I get to be the new owner, like if it's for sale on Etsy!!
There's a lovely lady on Etsy who has the most wonderful laces.  Her name is Alison and you can find her Etsy shop here
I've bought from her numerous times over the years, and recently I found this lovely piece:

It has little bobbles on it that have oodles of texture and give it a pearl effect.  Next to the wedding cap with seed pearls, they look very similar!

Even after I took the photos of this sweet piece, I was amazed at the detail.  Each bobble is a bundle of thread rolled up perfectly to form the whole, and the organdy background is embroidered and laces are formed to make the petals and leaves.  Are you drooling yet??

The 4 appliques are still stitched to the original backing paper.  I am so blessed to be the new owner and caretaker of such a lovely piece of history! 

 Can you imagine those pieces being chosen by a future bride and her mother one day while shopping for the wedding dress materials...they finger the laces until the young bride says, "Mother.  This is it".  Gloved hands pick up the papered lace appliques and the mother's eyes look at the bobbles and embroidery, the stitches and the textures and she says, "Nadine, this is perfect.  Are you sure?".  Nadine smiles softly and says, "Yes mother dear.  This one is perfect.  I can see it already, these appliques along the skirt and bodice of the silk we picked out earlier".
So they purchase the whole roll, because they MUST have enough to finish that dress!
After many hours of painstakingly hand-stitching each piece lovingly along the lines of the dress, it's finished.  In between each applique there are seed pearls to mimic the bobbles in the lace and to match the wedding cap and veil, and the dress is ready for the wedding.  Nadine tries on the finished dress and her mother wipes furtive tears from her eyes.
"You are the most beautiful bride I've ever seen dear".
Nadine gazes at herself in the long mirror and then looks at her mother's face and says, "And YOU are the most wonderful mother in the world!"

Time goes by, the wedding takes place, everything is perfect.  The dress is worn, and each person attending the wedding gazes with admiration at the gorgeous bride and her beautiful dress  After the day is finished, loving hands carefully pack the dress and tenderly place each sleeve and each lacy ruffle in perfect place for safekeeping. 
The mother quietly goes about her days, thinking about her daughter now married, far away with her new husband.  Her hand reaches into her sewing cabinet and pulls out a small, carefully wrapped bundle of browning paper and opens it up.  She smiles as she carresses the beautiful appliques leftover from the making of the beautiful wedding dress for her darling daughter, remembering the words they spoke.  Happy tears flow down her weathered cheeks and she smiles.
Suddenly there is a knock at the door!!
"Mother!! It's me, Nadine!!  We've come HOME!!"

I hope you enjoyed seeing my newest lace.  I love to show it off!!!
Now it's time for YOU to show off what lovelies you have!
Please feel free to join the party by copying and pasting the url code from your blog post to the link below.
Last week I truly enjoyed visiting y'all and am so honored to have you come by to see my blog.
I'm also excited to have some new followers!  Welcome to you all, and I hope you each have a marvelous week.  Blessings,



Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful post! You made me cry!!

Thanks so much for hosting each week!!


Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Thanks for hosting another great party Doni! Have a blessed week...hugs, Penny

Unknown said...

They are beautiful.

Cynthia said...

This is a beautiful post all around, Doni. The lace is exquisite, and your "story" was very touching. Yes, it is just how I would imagine it to have been. It really touched on a memory of choosing my wedding dress with my Mother; when I tried on the third dress, she said "that's it, Cynthia"! And she was right, it was so, so very "me"! Guess Mothers and Daughters have performed this ritual forever.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful story, Doni! Very touching. Your blog post is filled with eye candy - as usual :) Thank you so much for hosting. I've been absent in blog land for a little while- feels good to be back! ~Pernilla

Christine M said...

Oh, that lace is just beautiful. I loved your story to go with it.

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Awww Doni, I think I cried a tear or two there. What a beautiful story to go with your over the top lace. Such a great thing of beauty and I for one am glad that it is you that will be it's caretaker. It is exactly where it should be. Isn't it funny that life has that way of working out. We end up right where we should be and the journey leads us home...... Thank you and BIG hugs, Beverly

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You had me drooling over this gorgeous lace right from the start. Love the story...and your pictures are gorgeous.

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

ON Doni...the lace is gorgeous...but your story is so very sweet. I really enjoyed reading it. What a delightful respite in my day!

Unknown said...

thanks for hosting a great party! hope you have a good night!

Sarah Coller said...

Aww, Doni, you made me cry! :)


Vicky said...

This is so beautiful. I love heirloom pieces with history to them.

Thank you for an inspiring post:-)

God bless, Doni:-)

Melanie said...

Oh Nadine why didn't you trim your purse with that tiny little piece of lace, it would have matched your dress ? Lol. You are quite the story teller my dear friend Doni, you had me at lace before the story even began. I will be joining your party tomorrow to share my new place with you. Sending hugs and warm wishes my Lacey friend.
P.s my sister in law just gave birth to a little girl and called her Lacey ! How sweet and perfect.

Sew Can Do said...

I'm going to have to visit that shop - this weekend is my anniversary & my sister's wedding is coming up soon so I have weddings on my mind these days. Those lovely trims would make a wonderful present!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your lace is truly exquisite, Doni. And I do believe a few of us have shed a tear over your touching story. Thank you for sharing and hosting your lovely party.


Mom E. said...

I love yiur lace motifs and pearls! That rope necklace is absolutely stunning and the necklace with that beautiful clasp with the shiny stone!
So pretty! I am excited to see that you can post anything for your arty, I had it in my mind that it needed to include "Pearls and Lace" something in the post....a.a..a. I must not pay that much attention! LOL
Love your posts, always!
heart hugs to you!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Doni, Thanks so much for sharing that beautiful story and hosting a wonderful party!

Take Care,

Melanie said...

My sweet friend !!!!
I have received a wonderful blessing from you in the post and I am smiling from ear to ear. What an amazing surprise !
It was my sons birthday and I saw the parcel and thought that it was for him. My daughter told me that it was actually for me and I almost did a cartwheel I was so excited ! I tried to find your email address but my computer has crashed recently and all of my contacts have been wiped. Of course I have taken a zillion photo's of each stage of unwrapping my gift.......lol
Thankyou sooooo much, I couldn't believe my eyes whe I saw the tiny 'M' lace decal ! I absolutely adore it.
Your gift is gorgeous but your
friendship means the world xoxoxo

Laurie said...

How gorgeous! I'll have to participate in this in the future!

Eli Bichita said...

There are so many beautiful things which I have found in this blog!!!! I will follow you!!! And welcome to my blog)))



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