Heirloom Necklace

I was feeling very sentimental the other day.  I don’t know if I’ve shared with you before, about my early sentiments about the “female” arts?  As a teenager, I freaked out about how the skills such as knitting, crocheting, and quilting were going to die by the wayside.  Really, my perspective was embellished by Winona Ryder’s character in How to Make an American Quilt.  It’s a beautiful movie that draws women together in appreciation and understanding despite generational and personal differences…all through relationship and, of course, quilting.  It’s a gorgeous film and I found myself on a mission at 16…though my mother couldn’t teach me any of these arts, I was going to revive them.  The result: I found myself pouring over How-To books and knitting on the bleachers during high school football games.

So, I’m sure you can imagine that when I discovered some of my great-grandmother’s handiwork, I had to save it as a treasure.  Well, the other day I was sorting through and found this beautiful bit of crocheted lace:



Crocheted Lace

Needle and Thread

Vintage Button


I love that it was my great-grandmother’s creativity and patience that used a steel hook and some cotton thread to make such beauty.  The obvious thing to do would be to sew it onto a dainty towel or pillow.  But, honestly, I wanted this to take center stage…so, I went the less obvious route of jewelry.  Check it out!



After finding a cool button to accent, I busted out some ribbon, a needle and thread.


I found the center of the lace and folded it into a V shape, securing with a few well placed stitches.


Now for the button.


And some ribbon to extend the length for tying round my neck.

DSC_1203Beautiful, an heirloom made practical…so I can enjoy it even more.  Mission accomplished!

Loves to my Zestin‘ great-grandma…she was an awesome lady!!




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