Monday, September 8, 2014

A Fabric and Lace Book to share "Catching Innocence"

There are a couple of Fabric and Lacebooks
which I created a few months back
which I would love to
share with you.
I know you may have seen some glimpses
of pages in previous posts but here is one
in more detail.

"Catching Innocence"

Most of the images I used as the central focus
are of some Daguerreotype cabinet cards
because I am so smitten with the
innocence of these beautiful
young girls and the
way they were presented for photographing.

I can only imagine how gorgeous their little
dresses were and the quality and 
textures used for these.

I tried to use fabrics, laces, braids and buttons

 which might reflect that quality!

It must have been quite an ordeal having your
photo taken back then when the perfect
pose had to be held !!!!!

No wonder this little girl would rather be
eating cake!!!!

I really wonder how often they got the chance
to dress up looking so elegantly!

I incorporated quite a lot of velvets and silks
into these pages to complement the
stunning images!

The back of the book here - most of the laces
used in this book were antique and vintage
which seem to complement
 the smoothness and softness
of the velvets!

This particular book has been sold but I am happy
to say there could be more in the future!

Thank you so much for visiting
and I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather
wherever you are to take in some
of the beauty around us!

Welcome to all my new followers also!

Have a great week!
Suzy xox


  1. Hello Suzy
    What a marvellous book! I'm sure that the one who took it,look at it very carefully and lovely!
    Hope you feel better now.
    Hugs and kisses

  2. What a beautiful book Suzy!
    No wonder they didn't often smile, having to keep still for a long time!

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhh Suzy ... this book is absolutely exquisite. The fabrics, the photos - oh, just everything is absolutely beautiful. Be proud with this creation!!! Lucky is the person that bought it from you, too.

  4. Dear Suzy ~ This is yet another beautiful creation. You are so gifted with your talents.

    Thank you for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  5. Gorgeous Suzy! Love the theme of catching innocence.

  6. This lace book is just gorgous !
    I love your colour, your fabric et all the lace.

  7. My dear friend,
    Such extraordinaire beauty, and all created by you,-it is a wonderful book, and the theme, so sweet, they surely must have had difficulties both in posing, and also in moving in all this fantastic robes, not easy when little ,and only wanting to crawl on the floor , lol.
    Suzy, dear- your stunning book, makes me want to touch, and feel all the exquisite laces and trims you used, and see the wonderful old photoes.
    You know I LOVE all you creates and your amazing style, and this book is just stunning.
    Warm hugs and kisses flying your way.

  8. Suzy I love seeing your books-always so lovely thanks for sharing with us Kathy

  9. Pure delight. Your art is so full of rich colors and textures. Beautiful.

  10. Gorgeous, as always, and so happy to see you creating again!

  11. Such a gorgeous book Suzy! You always inspire me to try new things and to look at fabrics/laces in a new way...I am sure the owner of this book is over the moon with happiness, I know I would glad that you are posting a bit again, you have been so missed...hope you are having a great day.

  12. Another exquisite creation Suzy, I love your little girls, you give them such a magic feel.
    Thanks for your visit, it's so nice to be back.

  13. hello
    que c'est beau
    nous sommes dans les couleurs d'automne
    et j'adore le velours
    c'est si chaud et doux
    bonne journée
    edith (iris)

  14. You do such exquisite work, my dear Suzy.I just love everything about your beautiful new creation.
    Have a lovely week.
    Sending hugs and love,

  15. Hi Suzy
    Inspiring as always! The way you layer so many beautiful textures is just marvelous. I sat down to lunch today and said "I wonder what Suzy Q has been making lately..." And, these fabric journals are just so lovely to look at. Sometimes I just play your slideshow of photos because I'm so in awe of your creations. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us! Catherine

  16. Suzy - it always amazes me how you are able to put all the laces/fabrics/trims/Daguerreotype images into such lovely books. You are such a fantastic artist. Loved reading this post.

    So now I'm going to give you a lit bit of trivia about how photographers were able to get people to stay still for those long exposures. Adults could hold still but children? Not so much. They were often drugged with laudanum so they would be mellow. Fact or fiction? Only the old photographers would know for sure. I learned this tidbit when I was taking a 19th Century Photo History course at university. It sounds plausible. Take a look at Daguerreotypes of infants. (1) the images are somewhat blurry; and (2) the eyes, if open, are possibly glazed over.

    Also, one of the many uses of early photography when it was developed (pun intended) was to take photos of the deceased family members. It was cheaper than having paintings by artists of the time.

    I know, more than you wanted to know. But I couldn't resist.

    Hugs, Marrianna

  17. Wow! What a truly amazing book you have created - your fabric and lace choices are the perfect complement to the stunning photographs. This book of yours is a true work of art Suzy!
    I hope you are well and truly mended now, and enjoying being back in your studio, creating beautiful, happy things!

  18. What a precious lace book with those darling images. Isn't lace just the loveliest stuff to paly with!!
    Great view of this project.
    Judy xx

  19. I love the stories you weave to go along with your creations. I wonder if people in those old pictures were actually expected not to smile or if it actually was as a result of being told to hold a position for a very long time. Maybe they were afraid of the flash? No matter - because the images are so perfect for your book!

  20. How gorgeous, Suzy! Your fabrics and laces compliment the photos so well. I adore the photo of the young girl sitting on the chair--her expression seems so wistful....

  21. Dear Suzy, what a fantastic and very wonderfully made book, love all the images of sweet girls and all the lovely fabrics, lace and other things you have used. Take care of your self, wish you a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Anni

  22. Beautiful little girls. Makes you wonder what their lives were like when they grew up and then grew old. Your books are always inspiring.

  23. Your books are so beautiful with their imagery, fabrics, laces and decorative additions. You create such heirloom pieces of work for anyone to treasure Suzy. Hope you are well.

  24. Oh! So beautiful! Page after page of exquisite bliss!
    How are you doing, my dear?

    Summer is almost ended here, and the cooler weather is on its way. But, sometimes we will have a hot spell in October, so one never knows what the weather is going to be like here in central California.
    Have a blessed weekend!

  25. Hello sweet Suzi, this is just a short visit as I am still busy gardening, preventing my kid from skipping school and comforting my husband when he is tired from work...
    I am in awe of your work! At least this I have to tell you shortly! Your pages, the combination of your fabrics, laces and colour tones are real pieces of art! I am a huge fan, so that you know, heehee... Something new...
    I wish you a pieceful and creative weekend and hope that your recovery takes giant steps!

  26. I love this series! The little girls are so sweet. Amazing work!

  27. Hi dear Suzy,

    Ooh I love your wonderful fabric and lace book. It is so beautiful.
    A work of art !!
    Such great use of materials and the pictures of the little girls !!!
    Great post, thank you for sharing.

    Hope you are doing well.
    Thank you so much for your very sweet and encouraging comments !!

    Hugs and Blessings to you !


  28. Der Suzy,
    fantastic!!! So beautiful and done with love!
    Thank you for inspiring me and all the best from Austria

  29. Hi, Suzy!
    GORGEOUS as lovely, so detailed. I have a question for you! Do you have a tutorial on making these lace books are might you be able to direct me to one that you think is a good one? I am trying to figure out the connecting of the "pages", which are made from vintage placemats with beautiful embroidery on them. Trying to make it so that there is room for additional items after the book is completed, such as pieces of jewelry or cards or whatever! Does that make any sense? You will be so excited to see this!
    hugs to y ou,

  30. I am late to your beautiful lace book post. Its beauty takes my breath away. I am happy that you are able to be creative once again. Your lace creations are stunning and magical. Creative Lace Bliss Dear...

  31. Thanks for the great post about the fabric.

  32. I started following you from the GYB hop... and love your books. I have just started making them, although not as "vintage" as yours. But I was you have a tutorial or comments on how you "bound" the book pages?
    My blog...


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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