Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Paper Lacemaking

Although the true definition of lace is a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns, artists have often eliminated the fabric and used paper instead. Remember when you were a kid in elementary school and you used those safety scissors and folded construction paper to make snowflakes? If you followed your teacher's instructions, you should have ended up with an open web of a symmetrical pattern.

Now, the above picture is rather simplistic, but several of our guild members have examples of much more complicated paper lace in their shops.

For instance, Susan at Rosa Mystica (http://www.etsy.com/shop/rosamystica) has two vintage holy cards bordered with paper lace. Look carefully at the intricate design on the one below. She writes that the cards are from the 19th century. With the industrial revolution already underway at that point in time, I suppose the border could have been machine made, but I like to think that it was hand crafted or at least manually made with a press.

Antique Lace French Holy Card - Jesus Forgives Sins - by Letaille

Next is a 1928 German folkart Sacred Heart badge surrounded by a wide and beautiful border of paper lace that is then hand laced around the center piece of fabric. This can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRecycledCatholic.

Antique Sacred Heart Badge Stained Glass Wall Art

Finally, Cassie at http://www.etsy.com/shop/chicgiftsbysass has utilized strips of paper lace to mimic fondant icing on her lovely diaper cake.

Vintage Baby Blue Hydrangea Diaper Cake with faux fondant icing

Who knew paper could be so beautiful and add so much charm to our arts and crafts?

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful pieces, I really love the sacred heart piece from the recycled catholic.