Monday, 27 August 2012

September Giveaway !!

Introducing 'Edwardian Flower' a cream wrist wrap.
I am thrilled to have one of my pieces as the 'September Giveaway' for Handmade Europe (the European Street Team of Etsy). The giveaway is not here but on that site and starts 5th September so head over then to blog .  .  .

I thought I would write a little about making this piece and hope that whoever wins it will like it and enjoy the history.

I wanted to make something simple yet dressy, historic yet fresh .  .  .                                                                    
I choose some lovely pale cream lace from the 1930’s for this little cuff. It is a sturdy lace but is still light and has a delicate pattern.
To compliment it I picked a beautiful handmade applique flower that was made c1910. A fantastic example of Edwardian craft and so very very Downton Abbey !
I like to think that whoever made both of these pieces would be pleased to know they will have a second life.

To add some texture and detail I added tiny seed beads in matt cream at the cuff edges in little flower circles. A shimmer bead in the centers.
Then more beads around the flower in spikes and circles both matt and shimmer.

Then to add a bit of whimsy it closes with a cream shimmer ribbon.

A romantic and delicate little wrist wear - with lace from two historic eras.
For a chance to win this for yourself just go to - 
Looking forward to wrapping up and posting off to you !!


  1. I always love your intricate beading Mary. So wonderful to see 100-year-old fabric getting a new lease of beautiful life.

  2. Hello Mary! What a lovely blog and some gorgeous work from an obviously very talented lady! Very envious of the fact you live in Dublin - love both Dublin + Cork where my late Dad came from. When I visited for the first time, I knew I had found 'home'..!
    Ellen Boylin

  3. Now I know the story behind this beautiful lace wrap!
    Thank you, Mary!