Anyone that knows me very well realizes just how very much I love old linens and lace.....they are so undervalued for the workmanship and beauty. BUT, what do you do with drawers and drawers of this stuff, other than take it out and admire it.
Because I believe in repurposing all that I can, I firmly believe that everything can be reinvented to be appreciated in another form for years and years to come....hence my Bohemian Victorian sweaters. I created my very first last spring and had such a huge reaction to it that I thought I would make them for my shop. With that thought in mind, I started the creative process on my mannequin in the store and simply sewed and created inbetween customers. They were all automatically drawn to the "new project" and I found that I sold them before I had even finished one. I am now to the point where I simply fill special orders with some customers choosing to pick out their own lace from my "stash". I am always left with creative control and have never had even two closely resemble one another.
I am fortunate enough to not be able to keep up with the demand and was even flattered beyond belief when an upscale boutique in Fort Worth wanted to actually carry them. However, I so want to have a rack in the shop for anyone to simply come in and choose from.....that is definitely my goal for the future and one I am going to diligently work toward accomplishing. Until then, I will make them individually and watch as they walk out the door without even staying around long enough for me to complete the detachment process. It is hard to let my favorites linens and laces "go", but to see them appreciated in a different, beautiful way is reward enough.......want a sweater......just let me know and please be willing to wait :)