Silk couture wraps made from Broomstick lace. Available in single and multi-color combinations. Silk couture makes for a lovely summer wrap that doubles as a luxuriant cozy winter neck scarf. As the wait time is long for a custom-made broomstick lace wrap of couture, classes to master this skill are coming to New Kent Parks and Recreation (New Kent County, VA) in 2024. Custom yarn kits are available in limited quantities and require a non-refundable deposit. Kit prices vary depending upon the color selection. Some silk and cashmere lace weight yarn is available today. Contact me for more information!
Custom Couture is wearable art, and requires discussion if one seeks that ultimate add to their wardrobe, or gift for someone special. Price is driven by the cost of materials and how long the project takes. Two prime patterns are Scappoose Women and The Crimson T-Square. The award-winning piece shown below is the Scappoose Women Pattern. The Industry rule of thumb is the finish piece price should be 3 – 4 times the cost of the material, depending on the time to produce.
Currently available couture: there are 5 artisanal broomstick lace crochet wraps available in silk and cashmere, or 100% silk, for sale. Please complete a form for more information on colors, fiber content, price, etc. Exquisite gift wrapping is available for a minimum fee.
Hand Laced Linen Handkerchiefs
Heirloom beaded hand laced linen handkerchiefs
The last time I bought Handkerchief linen, the fabric was over $80.00 a yard, and would yield between 8 – 12 squares. The fabric is cut to size pulling a single thread as a guide, and then threads are pulled to guide the crochet straight along the edge of the fabric where the edge is rolled under and secured with crochet, not hemming. It takes about 9 hours to cut a yard of linen into 6-8 blanks, depending upon the finished size of the handkerchief.
The thread and beads are selected to make the beaded lace. Thread thickness governs the size of the beads. Microbeads (A.K.A. “Dust with holes in it”) require a 100/2 or a 120/2 fine thread. The threads are also linen, and equally hard to come by. Then stringing the beads onto the thread is next, and takes a very fine needle, to avoid breaking the beads. This is tedious task of love. The beads must be pushed back on the thread several yards as most patterns take only one bead for every four inches of thread, and some rows of lace do not have beads-requiring those beads to be pushed back many yards further.