tools of the trade

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sitting with my parents and uncle steve in the kitchen an hour before we leave for the party and i’ve been going through pinterest while we chat. it’s led to this little compilation of crochet, lace, embroidery and handiwork. i feel like we’re in a sewing circle without the sewing.

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so many cultures centered around perfecting these skills and passing them on to generation after generation of women

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it would be such an amazing skill to have…my mom is talented in this way but i’m a bull in a china shop with this stuff

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but appreciating it has always been my forte

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today i came across some old pieces mom has kept over the years that my great grandma made

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and it got me thinking of how versions of these crafts come in an out of fashion

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and i wonder, is this a lost art in a way?

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if we did want to learn the techniques, where is it taught?

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kind of hard to comprehend how these skills were developed over the centuries out of thin air

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especially when you study the exquisite details involved

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i love to use find hankies like these, they make the perfect gift and can be used to wipe your glasses or phone today

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pinterest always leads to multiple paths and this one veered off into doilies

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many of us come across them at flea markets and antique stores with admiration but don’t know how to put them to good use

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these are some creative ways they’ve been upcycled

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this shade makes pretty patterns when the bulb is lit

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and curtains let the sun stream in making pretty designs

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they went all out in this room

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but a little goes a long way

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even  just celebrating them in the smallest way like this…ok party time!

images found here pinterest.com/parisapartment/embroidery and here pinterest.com/parisapartment/textiles

January 30, 2016. Broderie, Linens, paris apartment project, the paris apartment project.

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