I am about to ship a completely unexpected order – a pair of customized bobbin lace earrings! The client saw a pair I made eons ago somewhere online, and clicked through Pinterest to my old blog all the way to my Etsy shop and asked whether I was still making bobbin lace. Well, strictly speaking I am not – but I sure was ready to start again! Making bobbin lace felt like riding a bicycle: You simply never forget how to.
I finished these earrings back in December but didn’t get to photograph them until yesterday.
The lace is made of chocolate-coloured sewing thread woven into a simple half-stitch ground. I simply love the beautiful contrast of the brown lace against the rich yet fresh grass green background of the earrings.
In the beginning, there were three seemingly random materials: sterling silver wire, resin, and thread.
The lace-maker in me patiently twisted and braided the thread into a piece of bobbin lace just like my great-grandmother used to.
The eager metal-smith in me carefully shaped and finished the wire to form a durable and comfortable ring base, which the free-spirited chemist in me happily filled with custom-dyed resin.
Where past meets present; where tradition meets modernity; where science meets art — that’s where everlasting lace lives. I love knowing that there’s much more to this minimalist ring than what meets the eye.
This ring from the Everlasting Lace series features simple round shapes and minimalist lines that guard droplets of colourful resin with an almost microscopic snippet of handmade lace suspended within.
I made the earrings below sometime last October. It was sort of an experiment but it turned out so well that I felt confident giving these to my sister-in-law for her birthday. We aren’t very close and I continue to hope she liked them. Regardless, though – making them was so wonderful! The second I gave them away I knew I’d have to make more.