Tuesday, April 03, 2007
THE SCARF-LACE: ACCESSORIES FOR THE NON INVISIBLE
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All right, so let's say, hypothetically, you are not the kind of woman to fade into the background even though reality may find you neither physically perfect or young. Though some days may find you hiding some part of your anatomy under one camoflage or another, for the most part, you refuse to be invisible. You are an independent, intelligent and adventurous. Clothes are part of how you communicate, meaning you don't shop for trends so much as create for self expression. Given all those givens, what easy item would you like to don for a supper out or an afternoon browsing a museum or just living your life as a thoroughly substantial, highly non-invisible, woman?
May I suggest a scarf-lace? Softer than a necklace and far more expressive, a scarf lace combines elements of both jewelry and a scarf to make an accessory uniquely your own. Impossible to make two the same, the scarflace's intrinsic DNA refuses to cloned. Yours will be you. Besides which, a scarflace is timeless. Proof lies below in the painting of a scarflace worn by a Renaissance lady circa 1500. My regards to Titian for painting this lovely bella wearing one of my designs. Proof that art knows know boundaries.
The Florentine Scarf-lace is available in pattern form in my upcoming book plus I will be running a 'Scarf lace along' in May which will include detailed support for the beading and jewellry-making technigues used in the design. If you'd like to approximate the black and cream version here, survey your stash for ribbons and silken textures, pearls (real or not) and gold-toned jewellry-making findings. One stellar new and inexpessive yarn that's fabulous for designs like this is Trendsetter's 'Natasha', a corded mix of black, cream and gold that's going to be made up into a coordinated evening bag for another pattern. I'm even thinking of a vest. The colors go with everything and look so striking with a certain slimming black something most of us have hidden in our closets.
Posted by Jane on
04/03 at 09:56 AM