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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sunday Rest. Word Not To Use Today: guipure.

Guipure might sound like a nasty tropical disease, but it's actually much lovelier than you'd think:
 
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Honiton guipure lace.
 
Yes, guipure is a sort of lace. And what makes it guipure?
 
Well, as you know, lace is traditionally connected with brides; but guipure is connected by brides.
 
No, really. You can see the brides in the picture. They're the little loopy strings that hold the leaves and flowers together.
 
Hand-made Honiton lace takes about seven hours per inch to make.
 
Seven hours...and you end up with something that sounds like a stomach upset.
 
Sometimes there's just no justice, you know.

Sunday Rest. Word Not To Use Today: guipure. This word comes from the Old French guiper, which means to cover with cloth.








3 comments:

  1. So beautiful.
    I never knew they called the loopy string thingumajiggy's brides. Gives a lot more meaning to it doesn't it?
    I remember years ago watching my grandmother tatting with a shuttle. Sure wish I had taken the time to learn how from her.

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    1. Tatting...now there's an interesting word...

      Sadly there was no tatting round here in Hertfordshire, England, but my grandmother used to make straw-plait for hat-making.

      That's all long gone, too, and so I suppose it isn't surprising as the last straw hat I bought turned out to be made out of paper.

      DO NOT WEAR IN THE RAIN, it says.

      I ask you!

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    2. Ha! That just cracked me up!!

      I think we need to learn how to make real straw hats.
      That can be worn in the rain!
      Dang it all! :)

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