Antique French lace, buttons & notions for Rubanesque


P1240528So as I mentioned yesterday that last week I put down the camera (for a few hours) and took out my jewellery supplies and started making. I had discovered a stack of antique lace appliques still intact on their handsewn starched netting. They held so many possibilities, delicate and the perfect size for earrings or pendants. I couldn't wait to make something with these but as I had boxes of ribbons to document, these beauties have been biding their time since August. P1240453So I wanted to share a few of the first creations incorporating this antique lace, some beautiful old mother of pearl buttons, jet beads and sequins.

P1240214Setting earrings up, layering buttons and passementerie trims

P1240215Can't wait to bring this necklace together. Antique black lace appliques layered on top of each other and I've cut up (sacre bleu) an antique lace collar to frame the appliques.

P1240216Playing around with texture and components to get the right effectP1240483I love how the pink in the shell of the mother of pearl is picked up by the delicate rose gold miyuki beads

P1240502Here I've combined some beautiful 1800s cut jet beads with metallic blue 1920s sequins and antique nailheads