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weekly photo challenge: monument


When I think of something monumental in sewing I think of lace.  Any person who takes the time and effort necessary to create such intricate and beautiful designs surely has created monumental work by sheer effort.  So although this piece is small, compared to a statue or a bridge, to me it represents a great deal of time, patience, skill, thought and planning to execute.

This piece is standing the test of time, just as other monuments do.  Now almost 50 years old, it’s in use daily, at the moment, although sometimes it’s been laid away for well deserved rests.

It was made by a woman who, in her youth, travelled across the eastern United States by covered wagon, living in Indian Territory 100 years ago.  Much later in her life she crocheted this piece for me, and I value it highly.

Mon”u*ment, n. [F., fr. L. monumentum, fr. monere to remind, admonish.]  1. Something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance what is past; a memorial.


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Sometimes I just wanna sit & rip something out.  You ever have that feeling?  Preferably nothing you’ve made, understandably!

You might remember an old sweatshirt I trimmed up with some lace & buttons, so I’d wear it more often.  Am happy to report I did. But now it’s waaay past its sell-by date, and time to recycle into other items.

There are holes at the stress points of both pockets, the cuffs have been gone for some time, and I’m trying for a more classic style.

Today felt like the day to rip off the additions, and save a great metal separating zipper.

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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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