the delight of handmade

I love this trim. Not just that it’s tatted, which in itself is awesome (tatting is fascinatingly contradictory; delicate and solid, airy and defined, all at once!). But the full story, or at least what I know of it, is that this trim began in China around 25 or 30 years ago. Little old ladies hand-worked picots and rings in abundance, using fine and delicate thread. Tatting is very labor-intensive, so to make a long story short, this is not your average ‘made in China’ product!

But wait, it gets better! Look closely at the two lines of trim in this photo — the top one is tighter, smaller, and has three main rings, while the bottom is looser and has four rings to a motif. Would you believe they’re part of the same trim?

Yes, it’s true — partway through, the trim switches from the smaller to the larger motif. (Or is it the larger to the smaller? We’ll never know…) I discovered the switch as I was pinning the trim to a dress. Thankfully I have enough that it won’t be a problem.

That’s just not the sort of thing that happens when you buy machine-made lace. Three cheers for wonderful vintage trim!

–Melinda

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