Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wedding Lace

Were you excitedly waiting for a glimpse of THE wedding dress last Friday? Lace has been an old time favourite for brides, and royal ones are obviously no different. However, I was very interested to  find out more about this special lace dress -

... The skilled embroiderers of England’s Royal School of Needlework (RSN) contributed their technical embroidery expertise to create the bespoke lace on Miss Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress, veil and shoes and enable Sarah Burton to achieve her artistic vision for the bride
The lace design and process was influenced by traditional Carrickmacross lace which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Carrickmacross lace uses an embroidery technique called appliqu̩ Рthe lace is worked by applying organdie fabric to a delicate net background and edging each motif with fine cord-like thread. Sarah Burton sourced a series of lace motifs to create a unique design, applied by the RSN and arranged to fit each part of the dress perfectly following her creative vision. Each lace motif (some as small as a 5 pence piece) was applied with minute stitches every two to three millimetres.
One of the hallmarks of the RSN is that our embroiderers can work collectively on a project yet it will look like the work of one person. The team for this project comprised RSN Studio staff, former staff, tutors, graduates and current students from the RSN’s Certificate, Diploma and Foundation Degree programmes. The RSN welcomes students from all over the world and the team for this project included British, Japanese, American, Chinese, Swiss, Dutch, Thai, German and Slovakian students...
from the Press Release of the Royal School of Needlework, To read more follow the link..

I think I came close to guessing what the dress might look like. Paper doll cut outs was the extent of my Royal Wedding Activity as I am definitely not a monarchist...

 I didn't go to any wedding parties ( I wasn't invited to any) but heard about some great gatherings to celebrate the royal nuptials. This was the best one I 've seen reported .. a creative "wedding breakfast"  menu

with Queen Victoria ( aka my niece)  in attendance.
And if you were wondering, the lace pictured is my own lace wedding jacket , now  40 years old - vintage!


  1. Thanks Wilma, I did see this video elsewhere, but good to look at it again. Lace on your wedding gown.How lovely!!

  2. Beautiful lace Wilma, I can't find your email addy either at the mo but feel free to use the little book mark. Hope your workshop goes well.

  3. Nice entry! You should have put a photo up of you in your wedding dress and jacket :) Love Naomi


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