Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Explosion Box

The class was provided by Technique Tuesday. I loved the colors, and it was a great class. Papers were from Basic Grey.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Here are two beautiful butterflies.The first is a Sister Judith design and therefore a Withof lace piece.I added clear crystal beads for emphasis. This is a large piece, approx. 4""" x 4" inches.
The second is a flower that I put together and a lovely butterfly. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dancing Ladies

Still working on making the ladies perfect. Always working and thinking of alternatives. :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lace Flower Kaileidescope

This is another kaileidescope made from one of my lace flowers. I love this one with the beads added.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Withof Butterfly

Don't you just love this lovely butterfly? It is a pattern from Sister Judith from the Netherlands. She is the designer of the Withof Patterns. I love the movement of the butterfly.
It is made with 120/2 Egyptian Cotton.

Flowers of Key West

The flowers of Key West interested me into designing these lace flowers. They are done in a Withof Style of lace and were made with 120/2 Egyptian Cotton.

My Dancing Geisha Dancers

These two lace pieces are done in  a Withof Style. I designed them trying to use most of the withof techniques. I then put them on a photoshop page. Each is about 4 inches tall and were made with 120/2 Egyptian Cotton. I used some color Kreink threads in the fan dancer to accentuate the ribbon and the fan.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Lace Maker

by Karen A. Trettel

The Lace Maker-
With all her lace supplies;
Watch her quick fingers
And her intent eyes.
Creating beauty,
She plies her art;
of creating lasting beauty
To please her heart.

Each piece is so special,
Made with love and care;
Could be a flower, a doily
Or something to wear.
Lovely colors, or pure white,
She strives for perfection
With her fingers in flight.

Now we are all gathered here
With our own styles of lace,
With a smile in our heart
As well as our face.

Let us create and teach
 this lace we share!
Don't bicker, criticize,
Scoff or compare!

Around the world
Lace makers live;
To collect, create,
Study and give.

So let's work together.
On common ground we will stand;
To learn and grow
And give one another a hand.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


This piece of lace is an abstract design. The Withof style of lace is my favorite.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I Thought of You Today


Today I read your letter,
Each word found a place in my heart.
How do I make you feel better?
Where do I make a start?
Seeing you are in turmoil today
Hurts to find out
That no one came to your assistance,
When you were down and out.
You are such a lovely person,
With such a love of poetry, lace and life.
Was it you mother's passing on
That hurt your heart so?
Dear remember it was her heart that gave you life.
So soon, she would not want you to go.
I pray for your recovery and wish I could be at your side.
I face my own demons, and also take time to cry.
When you need love, you know where to call.
The Lord waits, loves, and listens to us all.
With tears rolling down my face
As I write this to you.
Don't think of the worlds maddening pace.
 Make time and space for you.
Good luck my dear friend.
With Love and Prayers.

Lace Flowers

The lace leaves I designed while at Key West. They were growing everywhere and were very intriging.
Couldn't take my eyes off of them, had to draw them, then made them into lace.

The little flowers and leaves were an inspiration from a class I took in Ithica, N.Y. at an Ithica Lace Day. These were made with a 100/2 Cotton thread.

To Share


To Suzanne
My dear friend
We see through the same eyes.
Kindred spirits
We feel with our hearts.
We work with our hands.
But we love with our whole being.

This cross stitched piece is on white linen, and measures 8x10 inches.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Hi everyone,
Today I am going to post one of my favorite poems. This was written for a lace group for a special event.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lace Flowers

This is a collection of lace flowers. The first thread used was an 80 cotton. Flowers to me, are lovely and an inspiration. Some of the thread used was a gold thread for contrast. It reminds me of dew drops.. The first pattern is from a class I took in the 1980's.
The second is a flower I designed, with a lovely butterfly. The pattern for the butterfly is one from Ullrike Voelcker. When I made the butterfly I used several colors of thread to blend into the pattern. The white thread is my favorite to work with and it is a 120/2 Egyptian Cotton.
The third collection of flowers is a lovely collection of flowers and leaves. The whole collection is 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide. Some of the flowers were drawn by Anny Noben-Selegers and I used some of her techniques. Others I used Withof Lace styles to complete.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Hummer

This is my new hummer. You will notice he is the same size as the first, but the designing is different. The hummingbirds are so beautiful and I couldn't but help to design them with a little fantasy. This way they will be able to use the Withof patterns in them.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cross stitch bride

This is one of my favorite things to do with my needlework. When making a piece of cross stitch, deciding where and if a lovely piece of my lace will be most complimentary. This is one of my favorites.