In a recent article in one of my favorite Stampington & Company magazines, Belle Armoire (Jan/Feb 2010 issue), I hit Inspiration Cloud 99! The article included a photo named "Tattered Treasure Jacket" by Nancy Kaschmitter, that had been created from the artist's mother's curtains and linens! I was amazed and immediately thought of what I could do with an old lace tablecloth that my Gran gave me years ago. Made from machine lace found at a bargain (Naturally!), Gran had hemmed it and used it for a tablecloth, then later gifted it to me. Problem was - my table was much too wide for it so it remained hidden in the linen drawer for ages. Not so anymore! I immediately pictured a lovely lace wrap and here are the results. After folding the cloth in half, I cut out a place for the neck and front (which I covered in a pretty piece of lace to hide the seams). I then went wild adding vintage and new buttons at the top and cream rick-rack to the hemline. I deliberately moved the rick-rack inside the seam so that Gran's original hem stitching remained visible. On the back, I added a vintage doily, embellished with beads, and a small strip of cream and yellow trimmed lace that also once belonged to Gran. I'm not sure if I'll ever wear it, but I get such pure joy just looking at it, displayed permanently on one of my dress forms in my studio!
Many thanks to the folks at Stampington & Company, who bring such creative ideas to us all!
Till the next posting, may your days be filled with the joy of creativity and light. Jan Fursdon, of Fursdon House