Knit and crochet beaded lace shawls for all occasions.

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Knit and crochet beaded lace shawls for all occasions.

Birmingham, United Kingdom | 73 Sales

Announcement    Everything in store has been hand knit or crocheted by myself, many using yarns that I have also hand spun myself. All items are gift boxed as standard.


Last updated on 30 Jun, 2020

Everything in store has been hand knit or crocheted by myself, many using yarns that I have also hand spun myself. All items are gift boxed as standard.



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Julia Blakeman

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Julia Blakeman


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5 out of 5 stars

About DrapedInLace

Sales 73
On Etsy since 2014

Walking in a field... to walking down the aisle

I learned to knit around the age of 6 and to crochet a few years later and when I became an aunt at the age of 12, I made my first proper knitted item, a baby matinee coat, for my tiny nephew. I've rarely stopped knitting since!

Every time someone I knew was pregnant, out came my knitting needles to whip up a baby cardigan or bootees. I knit for each of my kids when I was pregnant with them. I have two girls, who are now aged 16 and 13, who also love to craft.

During my children's early years, I would knit as a way to relax when they were in bed. My mother passed away suddenly in 2007, when my youngest was just 9 months old, followed by my father, 15 months later, just before her 2nd birthday in 2009. As you can imagine, this had a massive impact on me but with two young children I had to hold myself together the best I could. I turned even more to knitting as way to occupy my mind when I felt depressed. It gave me something to focus on when the children were asleep. I became quite productive, making hats and scarves and I eventually opened an on-line shop where I would sell what I made.

After a while I started to get a little bored of making hats, scarves and such and I felt I needed to stretch my mind and my skill set to something more interesting. I remember as a child being totally in love with images of ladies wearing crinoline dresses, bloomers, bonnets and decorative shawls and I remember my mother making me a birthday cake with china figurine topper and the cake skirt being decorated with all kinds of fanciful patterns in icing. I am still fascinated by the costumery worn in period dramas and this is how Draped In Lace came about.

I began to learn to spin my own yarn 2011/2012 and my early yarns were mostly used for hats & scarves, which I sold in my first shop. I now spin my own yarn all the time and rarely buy manufactured yarn, although I do have a huge stash of manufactured yarn at my disposal from my pre-spinning days, and I usually only buy yarn when I need something specific that I haven't got or I need a really fine lace-weight yarn for a shawl as I haven't mastered spinning that fine yet. I only wish I could! My preference is to use as natural and eco-friendly materials as I possibly can, although this is not always possible and not everyone can or will wear animal derived products, which I fully understand, and I am flexible and have all that lovely manufactured yarn that can be used too.
I also use recycled yarns, new yarns made from recycled fibres and vintage yarns.

I can take a fleece, freshly sheared from a sheep that is walking in a field, process it all by hand using an eco-friendly cleaning method, prepare it for spinning using good old fashioned elbow-grease and hand tools, spin it into beautiful yarn, dye it with eco-friendly dyes if I choose to dye it, and then turn that into a jaw-dropping beaded lace shawl for you to wear when walking down the aisle.

I source all of my fleece from UK farms, other than Falkland Merino, which is from the Falklands Islands, an overseas British Territory, which produces beautiful Merino fleece. I also like to support rare breeds farmers and love trying out new-to-me breeds as the wool from different breeds are very different from each other and have very different qualities to them. You can find out more on my blog.

I have recently discovered and started using some eco-friendly non-metallic dyes, which are the best dyes I have tried so far and would love to venture into natural dying from plants, lichens and such like in the future. I also leave a lot of my yarns in the natural colour of the sheep as there are a lot of interesting natural colours available and different natural colours can be blended together to make new colours, very much like mixing paint.

If you would like to view my previous work and find out more about my spinning I have various pages which contain photo albums and other information and the links for these are on this page.

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Shop policies

Last updated on 24 May, 2018

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
When selecting your purchases please be aware that whilst you are buying the actual item shown the colour may vary slightly due to variations in computer monitors.

You have 14 days from the date of receipt of the item in which to examine your purchase, decide if you wish to keep them or notify me that you wish to return them. Items must be returned to me in a re-saleable condition** in their original packaging, including the gift box and care card, within 30 days of the date of receipt. A return form is sent with every purchase and must be used when returning goods. Original delivery costs will be refunded in addition to the purchase price of the item, however, the cost of returning the item to me will be your responsibility and you must return the item by a tracked/traced/insured service to cover the cost of the item and you will need to ensure that you have proof of posting as this will be needed if the parcel is lost. Refunds will not be processed until the item has safely arrived back to me and the item has been examined.

You have 30 days, from date of receipt, to notify me of any problems or issues that you have with your purchase. In the case of damaged during delivery I will require photographic proof of the damaged item and packaging to be e-mailed to me in the first instance. If the problem cannot be resolved a full refund will be given in exchange for the return of the item in its original packaging, including the gift box and care card, within 30 days of receipt of the item. A return form is sent with every purchase and must be used when returning goods. Original delivery costs, where applied, will be refunded in addition to the purchase price of the item. The cost of returning the item to me is my responsibility in this case and will be refunded to you upon receipt and examination of the returned goods. You must return by a service that has insurance that covers the cost of the item and that you have proof of posting as this will be needed if the parcel is lost.

By UK law you have a 14 day cooling off period in which to change your mind about your order. No work will commence before this cooling off period has ended. Once this cooling off period has ended you no longer have the right to change your mind. Should the item arrive faulty or damaged then the above terms* will apply.

**I have the right to deduct an amount from the refund if the value of the items have been diminished by handling them beyond what is necessary to establish their nature, characteristics and function. Therefore, any items returned in a visible used condition i.e. having make-up stains or dirty marks or other damage, missing care card or missing gift box, will be refunded the purchase price less the cost of restoring the item back to a re-saleable condition. If the item shows obvious signs of having been deliberately damaged beyond repair and cannot be resold your right to a refund will become void, however, you will be offered to have the item sent back to you at your cost.
Payment is through Paypal or Etsy Direct Shop Payments. You do not need to have a Paypal account to make payment using a credit/debit card.
All purchases are sent by tracked/traced/insured method using Royal Mail for UK addresses and either Royal Mail or ParcelForce for worldwide addresses. Purchases of ready made items are dispatched within 2 working days, except at weekends, Bank Holidays and Christmas. Purchases of made to order items will be dispatched within 2 working days of the item being completed in the case of full payment upfront or when the final payment is received, whichever is the later. PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE DISPATCH TIMES, NOT DELIVERY TIMES, AND I CANNOT GUARANTEE DELIVERY TIMES DUE TO OUTSIDE FACTORS SUCH AS CUSTOMS AND EXCISE.

Occasionally parcels do get lost, please allow at least 3 weeks for UK delivery and at least 5 weeks for International deliveries before contacting me.

I am not responsible for any delays in delivery caused by the mail handlers or by Customs & Excise, nor am I responsible for any additional charges that may be applied by Customs & Excise in your country for the importation of my product.

I have checked, to the best of my ability, to ensure that my items are not on any prohibited list or restriction list for the countries to which I ship to. This is why I do not ship to all countries. It is the buyers responsibility to check whether purchasing such a high value item will incur any Customs & Excise Duty/Tax/Charges and to cover any costs incurred.
Additional policies and FAQs
The DRAPED IN LACE words is a registered trade mark.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-UK buyers please note that all transactions made through this Etsy store including purchase of all listings and custom orders shall be governed by and construed in accordance with UK law. The courts of the UK will have exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate any dispute arising under or in connection with any dispute.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Etsy.com or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.

1. Personal information I collect
To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of a shawl, for example), if you contact me directly.

2. The legal bases I rely on to collect, use, and share personal information
The General Data Protection Regulations (May 2018) (EU) (known as GDPR (2018) throughout the rest of this Policy) requires that I explain the legal bases I rely on to collect, use, and share your personal information. The legal bases may include a buyer’s affirmative consent to receive marketing messages, compliance with legal obligations, and a seller’s use of the personal information in their legitimate interests (improving their services, for example). Throughout his privacy policy, I will explain where and why I rely on these different legal bases.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
• as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
• when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list (I currently do not operate a mailing list but if I did you would have these rights);
• if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by UK tax law; and
• as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.
• I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

3. The third parties with whom I share personal information
The GDPR (2018) requires that I disclose the details of any personal information I share with third parties.

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

• Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
• Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies – for example Royal Mail. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
• Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
• Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

4. The length of time I keep personal information
The GDPR (2018) requires me to disclose the period of time during which I will store personal information.

Data Retention
I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 6 years as this is required of me by the UK’s Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue Services (HMRC).

5. If transferring personal information outside of Europe, how the transfer will be handled
GDPR (2018) requires me to disclose if I transfer personal information outside of the EU and the legal bases I rely on to do so, such as consent and contractual necessity.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU
The only circumstance in which I would transfer personal information out of the European Union would be for delivery purposes through trustworthy services such as the Royal Mail or similar postal services

6. Buyers’ rights regarding my use of your personal information and my contact details
Your Rights
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
• Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
• Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
• Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
• Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Julia Blakeman, am the Data Protection Officer and owner of Draped In Lace and responsible for making sure that your data is stored and processed safely. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at drapedinlaceshop [!at] yahoo.co.uk
*If a customer contacts me to access, correct or delete personal information held by Etsy, I will request that the customer send a request directly to Etsy.

More information

Last updated on 20 Aug, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

If you would like something made in your choice of colour I will direct you to photo albums on my Facebook page to choose the design and the yarn you would like and then the actual transaction would be through this Etsy shop.

All requirements, including a date by which the item is required if there is one, the cost of the item along with any estimated delivery charges must be agreed in writing prior to the commencement of work. Orders will be allocated a start date slot based on current orders to be completed.

There is a minimum cooling off period of 14 days before any work is commenced and a 50% deposit will be required.