In 1965 I purchased an apple box of guipure lace scraps from a clothing factory for 20pound. I have used so many colours except aqua. For Qld Museum Artisans Challenge I created this all lace cloche piecing each individual lace trim like a puzzle. No wire is used. The oversized hand tooled organza peony & lace butterflies complete the trim .

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Leona Jansene Nowland

Love this.



Debra Brunner
This is gorgeous! This may be a silly question as I'm new to this, but did you start with sinamay as a base on which to attach the lace?
Elaine Mergard

No Debra - I hand stitched it as I pinned each piece of lace on the block. More a labour for the love of it than a money maker. I trialled a number of stiffeners until I found one (German product) that stiffened so well that no wire or foundation was needed.


This is lovely. I would love to see it up close.


may i ask what is the (German product) for stiffeners?

Elaine Mergard

Hi Shiying, I used a stiffener that is a PVA based stiffener. I made up my own with PVA solution& water 2/3rds/1/3rd then trialled solvent based on the lace and even the Paverpol product but the one that was best was a PVA stiffener sold by Mimi Millinery here in Brisbane - I asked him where it came from & he said a German product. Unfortunately Harold is not online with all his treasures but House of Adorn now have a pva based stiffener from UK & wuld expect it is as good

Sharon Panozzo


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