5/25/16

Old Lace and Ancestors

The bride looked very pretty in a gown of white messaline silk, trimmed in Venician lace.
That is how my grandmother's wedding dress was described in the newspaper announcement.  The wedding took place on September 10, 1913...103 years ago.  Fortunately for me, as the 'Family Historian and Scrapbooker, the clipping and wedding photo survived and has become a Family Heirloom.  What I wouldn't give for a scrap of her Venician wedding dress lace.
What I do have is a collection of antique lace...some of it possibly 103 years old.  As you might guess, it is somewhat fragile, but amazingly intact and beautifully aged.  Perfect for embellishing the scrapbook pages that represent a bygone era of our family, and the photos of my grandmother and her sisters.
Old Lace and Ancestors...Great Grandparents Wedding Photo...1878.

5/15/16

Clover's Clever YoYo Maker

Not so long ago I stated I never wanted to make a YoYo quilt due to what a pain it is to cut out a kabillion circles, turn down an 1/8th of an inch edge, do a running stitch all around and finally...draw up the stitches to form the YoYo.

I still don't want to make a YoYo quilt, but I do want to make YoYo Flowers.  Especially since discovering Clover's Clever YoYo Maker.
Who knew making YoYo flowers would be so Easy Peasey!
Really...they are easy with the 2 piece plastic template/form which snaps together to hold the fabric in place.  I've been using my 1930's reproduction fabric scraps as well as small print scraps.  There are several options for making the center...#1 a stitched circle that pushes up through the center...or...#2 a button.  Since I have lots and lots of buttons...that's the option I've done the most of, so far.
This is my new 'Sit and Stitch' handwork while watching TV.  As you can see, Clover suggests using the flowers for making corsages, table runners, bags and so on.  I plan on using them on bags for sure, and my 'OverDoSue-ness' has kicked in with some ideas that will require making a Round YoYo.  Do you think Clover was clever enough to make a Round YoYo Maker? 
Of course they were!!! 

I've ordered the Round Extra Large AND the Butterfly YoYo Makers!
Like I said....OverDoSue-ness has kicked in!!!

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