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lots of lace & pearls…

The new challenge at Vintage Udfordring is to create with lace and pearls!!  What a fabulous focus!  I’ve reached into boxes and drawers of lace both old and new, appliqués, trims, fabrics, strings of pearls and pearl embellishments to create a one-of-a-kind album that will contain some favorite photos of my ancestors.  Get yourself a cup of something good and stay awhile.  This is a lengthy post with lots of photos!  I’ll start at the beginning…

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This album used 6 heavy weight chipboard squares cut to 6″x 6″.  Using some coarse muslin that was tucked away, I prepared ‘sleeves’ for the chipboard by folding over a length of muslin 7″x 14″ and sewing half inch seam allowances up each side…

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The chipboard was then slipped inside…

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and was stitched closed, as close to the chipboard as my zipper foot attachment would allow…

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I added a length of wool felt (approximately 5″x .5″) to each page, stitched it down the center, sewing through the middle of the flap. Then the spots were marked where grommets were to be added, an inch in from the edges…

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It’s a large leap, but this is the cover of the nearly finished album.  The pages were strung together with some tightly spun cord, tied securely and then the embellishing began…

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By keeping the palette neutral, I was able to use tea stained, coffee dyed, whites, creams, burlaps, muslins and silks in natural colorations. A silk flower that I have kept for years, finally found it’s home!  A few small half pearls were scattered on it’s petals.  I also cut off the bright yellow stamens and replaced it with a ring of lace and a pearl from an old necklace.  A hand dyed silk ribbon bow is tucked underneath and I used three layers of antique trims along the spine edge.  There is a layer of tatting and two of finely crocheted lace…

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Keep layering trims over ruffles, over lace…

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and the look from every angle is like a hundred layer confection!…

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I would be happy to just let it grow and grow! and embellish and embellish…

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Some pages have begun to be filled.  This photo rests on some rusted screen mesh from The Funky Junky Boutique and layers of antique lace and trims…

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This is a photos from the 40’s.  The vintage paper magnolia blossoms reminded me of the wallpaper that I remember in my grandparent’s bedroom…

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and some pages may remain photo free…at least for a little while…

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this page is pure confection…

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My great grandmother’s photo rests atop some tea dyed calico and a tiny embroidered square.  For this project, I’m finding that the Victorian notion of more being better, really seems to work!…

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and my great grandfather’s image sits atop slightly more masculine laces and trims…

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There are vintage photos that need to be copied.  In the meantime, the pages are accumulating more embellishment…

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Some of the bits of lace were rescued from old garments.  The curves make a pretty change to the squared format…

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This page needs tweaking…

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Cheesecloth (coffee dyed) adds fabulous texture on top of the muslin and I love the contrast of it next to some very fine old lace.  A flower made from layers of netting and lace scrunches down between the pages very easily..

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The back cover is different from the front.  I love the bit of fabric with different type faces against some seriously embellished trim and dainty ruffled lace.  The spine edge is protected and hidden by a piece of wool felt that was die cut along each vertical edge and then adhered to the edge of the front and back boards.  The embellishments are nearly all held in place by ‘Fabri-Tac’ adhesive by Beacon.  It’s one of my all-time favorite glues.

I’m going to take my time finishing this project.  Sometimes, a project needs to grow in an organic way and this is one of those projects!

Thanks for joining me through this long post.  I’m eagerly anticipating your own creations with lace and pearls.

 

*Hugs*

Rebecca

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7 comments to lots of lace & pearls…

  • Jasmine Patrick

    This makes an absolutely wonderful album, and the photo’s of your rellies just fit in beautifully, thanks for sharing

  • This is utterly gorgeous Rebecca. So much time and care has gone into building the album itself and then the layers of self-dyed fabric and lace really do make it a confection. Your lace and pearl trims are absolutely the icing and cherry on the top. I can imagine as you tweek and add to it over time it will move from a fine wine to a vintage champagne of a project. So glad to have seen this. Have a great weekend, hugs Jenny x

  • Jill Norwood

    Rebecca this is such a heartfelt and beautiful project! I just love all the neutrals and textures with the pearls! It is so perfect for these lovely photos of your family! I love the screen, and cheesecloth and felt and laces! What a wonderful labor of love my dear! A treasured keepsake for generations!!!!

  • OMW I have really really enjoyed travelling through this post … your album is exquisite! Beautiful colours but it’s the use of the fabrics and the wonderful finishes that make this so special … I am going to pin this .. it’s a beauty … If you don’t mind me saying so … from your blog photo I can see you in your Great Grandfather! Have a lovely weekend

  • That is just amazing Rebecca – I love everything about it! Thanks so much for showing all the beautiful pages, its a real keepsake. Really makes me want to use more fabrics, lace and pearls – so very pretty. Love, Margie xx

  • Holly Saveur

    WOW ..this is SOOOOO Beautiful..a REAL MASTERPIECE…why doesn’t my brain work this way too…never ever could I think of making something this beautiful..all that lace so gorgeous too and love the photo’s….I LOVE it so very much….!!
    It is such a very dear album…a real family album….

  • Sylwia-eR

    Amazing!