leather and lace

Posted: November 24, 2013 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, Lace
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leather-and-lace-book-by-Mo13Leather and Lace Book by Mo Orkiszewski 2013
antique lace from Germany, vintage cat scratched leather, bone button, parchment cut from a legal document from 1812, tea stained papers, 4 ply flax cord, vintage threads from Margaret Johnson, clay beads from Africa
leather-and-lace-book-backlove the pattern of the cat scratches on the back
leather-and-lace-book-spinespine with knotted headband
leather-and-lace-book-cover-detailthe handmade antique lace is the finest I have ever had the pleasure to use
leather-and-lace-book-insidethe pattern of the stitching down of the lace from the inside is like a map of the stars
leather-and-lace-book-openThanks to Karen Ruane’s Simply Stitch 3 class that gave me the courage to cut that old lace!

  1. Bronwyn says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Mo, love the way you’ve used the lace!

  2. deanna7trees says:

    love seeing the different angles. it is gorgeous. do you have plans for the pages?

    • Mo Crow says:

      I left the pages blank as it’s for Renate who gave me the lace, leather and buttons, she has had such an amazing life I hope she writes it all down in this book!

  3. Rose says:

    What a beautiful work of art! Love the inside of the cover too showing the stitching!

  4. Carol says:

    Just gorgeous, Mo! You’re right, the lace is just amazing. Lucky Renate, though after supplying such beautiful materials, she will doubly treasure your book!

  5. roz says:

    really beautiful. i love the contrasts of leather and lace , dark and light . straight line and curved.

  6. Valerianna says:

    Beautiful! I kept hearing the word “relic” when looking at it.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Relic indeed! all the materials are so old, the parchment is so perfectly smooth like silk it will be a beautiful surface to paint on and the lace is heirloom quality. It was hard to cut both of these things as they reek of history but now that I have made the first cuts it’s easy! This piece allows the cutting up of the fancy hankies and table runners people have been giving me in this year of looking at lace!

  7. Whew……this post is so elegant it kills me! Wouldn’t this lace and leather creation be just perfect for Ronnie Specter?! Meanwhile, Velma is going to Australia in February…You read her blog, don’t you…
    Velma Bolyard at wake robin at blogspot – ” i will be teaching three classes. the first will be at amazing and wonderful BEAUTIFUL SILKS in Melbourne”.

  8. Patricia says:

    every thing is here. stunning. and the inside stitches in the last pic look like crow tracks in the snow

  9. Just beautiful, love the leather and lace and the stitching inside.

  10. roberta says:

    Beautiful, really lovely.

  11. karen says:

    be still my beating heart….this is divine…..happy to hear I gave you courage but the beauty belongs to you…..

  12. Mo, your book is so beautifully done that it makes me want to try more bookbinding. And that lace is to die for! I wish I could see the whole thing in person!

    • Mo Crow says:

      The leather & lace work so well together! Renate bought the leather years ago to make a dress with that lace but never got around to it. She found the lace dress in Germany 40 years ago when she owned a second hand shop. The skirt between the lace panels was covered in sequins that she discovered were made of gelatin. It was very dusty so she soaked it in a cold bath but the sequins dissolved instantly, thank goodness the lace survived!!

  13. deedeemallon says:

    it is so great when something so ‘right’ comes together like this! love the reverse stitching of the lace — stars? crows’ feet? secret runes?

    • Mo Crow says:

      yes I have been thinking a lot about how the back of the work is often more interesting than the front in this world of digitally manipulated perfection…

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