weekly photo challenge: grand

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GRAND, a. [L. grandis.]  Great; but mostly in a figurative sense… splendid… principal… chief…  conceived or expressed with great dignity… old; more advanced… to constitute a thing grand, it seems necessary that it should be distinguished by some degree of beauty. …

This lace fragment wouldn’t impress most people, and they definitely wouldn’t think it “great.”

However, when you consider that it somehow was acquired by my mother and passed down to me, perhaps you can understand my more-than-cursory glance.

It’s a fragment of a collar, just a few inches wide and a foot long.  At first I didn’t think it usable for anything.  However, now I’m paying more attention to it, and am grateful it didn’t get tossed.

Just consider the details:

  • It might have been made by hand!
  • Who came up with the design, those curving stems that include buds, flowers, and leaves?
  • And who designed the scalloped border, with it’s own filigree of triangles, scallops and all those lines connecting everything?
  • All of which was neatly translated into the ending of the overall design, with that connecting double line of stitching?

Actually, quite impressive and grand, even if on such a small scale.  Or does that smallness of scale actually add to it’s grandness?

What do you think!

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2 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: grand”

  1. Stunning piece of lace, so happy it didnt get tossed Del! The history in it is what always intruiges me. Yo know me and my vintage fabrics ….. If only they could speak! What stories they could tell. Xx


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