Barbara Jackson on Feb 4, 2015
Absolutely stunning. Delicately stitched, beautiful pattern, so light on my wrist. It looks like a a piece of beautiful art on my arm. So pleased with the cuff. Highly recommend anything in this etsy store. The artist will work with you for size, which made it just for my size requirements. You will be happy with whatever you choose!
Handmade Lace - An artform which is respectful to the environment, and honors our ancestors
Hi! I’m Kelly and I’m delighted that you came by to visit me here in my shop, Whimsy and Lace. For more information about me, check out my profile page. Feel free to explore my shop and ask questions. We’ll inspire each other!
My shop was born of a desire to share myself and my work. I love being a part of the Etsy community. I’ve never had a bad experience here, everyone is friendly and kind. I am impressed and amazed on a daily basis with the talent that is found here in these shops. Being a small piece of this beautiful movement toward handmade, recycled, and artistic creations is so much fun!
I make lace using a technique called tatting. Tatting is highly valued because unlike most lace, it cannot be produced by a machine! Lace made this way is durable, retains its shape, and does not completely unravel if damaged. These qualities make it the perfect medium for lace jewelry, which is so elegant! I want to tell you a bit about my process.
It takes a lot of hours to create the items I have for sale. First I choose the design and the thread. At Whimsy and Lace you’ll find lots of my own designs, some new designs by other authors, and also some patterns that have been around for well over one hundred years. I work almost exclusively in cotton. I like it because it is strong, easy to clean, shiny, soft, non-irritable, lightweight, breathable, shiny, and durable. It’s also a renewable resource, making it an eco-friendly way to create and use artwork!
Then I tat the piece, that’s the most time consuming part. When you consider that one bracelet has thousands of stitches in it, and that each stitch has be to executed properly or the whole pattern will be off, it really puts into perspective the time and attention required! After the piece is completed, there’s still another step, called blocking. I wet the art down, and pin it stretched out flat on a foam board. (Yeah, that sounds easy until you see how many pins are involved!) It stays that way until it’s dry, and then it holds the pattern revealing its beautiful form.
For me, tatting is an art form that is peaceful, meditative, respectful to the environment, and honors our ancestors. The artwork I create is special because it’s been made in a time honored fashion by an actual person, not just a machine making something cheap that won’t last. Using these old techniques to create items of lasting beauty is an important part of my life and I want to share my creations with you!
I love getting custom orders. There’s nothing better then working with somebody to make an item that is just what they were looking for. Please contact me through an Etsy conversation. I’m really happy to make lace in the exact size, color, style, or pattern you’re thinking of. Take a look through my shop for ideas, together we can come up with something just perfect!
For me, the deepest satisfaction of shipping out an item comes from knowing that what I created is touching some else’s life. I love the idea that something I put my energy into will be cherished and enjoyed for years by somebody else. That’s magic.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
I create my art in my home, Sunshine Nook, in Madison, Wisconsin. I reside with my husband, CJ, and my poodle, Bay. They have accepted that our home will be permanently strewn with plants, chocolate, projects, and corresponding paraphernalia.
I take a lot of inspiration from nature and history. My grandmother, who taught me all about home made crafts always said “Do it right or don’t do it”. In my shop you will always find the highest quality artwork. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
I wait until payment is received to ship your item to you. Wisconsin residents will be charged a state tax of 5.6% based on the total sale which includes shipping.
Your item will arrive to you wrapped in tissue paper in a padded envelope. I ship First Class mail through the US Postal Service.
Please note that buyers are responsible for all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
If you need your item packaged or shipped differently, please notify me and we’ll discuss other options. I am also happy to send a complimentary gift note with any purchase.
Refunds and Exchanges
In the event of a return or exchange the customer is responsible for all shipping, customs, and tax charges. I cannot accept items for return or exchange if they are not in their original condition, or smell of smoke.
In the case of a package being lost in the mail or damaged upon its arrival please notify me! Please note that if I need to remake an item for any reason it will take time.
Additional policies and FAQs
The lace I make is strong, in fact durability, and lack of unraveling if damaged are two reasons tatting is considered such a valuable form of handmade lace! But it is still lace, and it's not indestructible. Follow these care tips to ensure that your lace can be treasured for years to come!
Washing lace is not recommended as over time it wears down the fibers and the lace can loose its shape. Spot cleaning is best, but if you really need to wash your lace, you can use cool water and a very mild detergent. Lay flat to dry and stretch it out. Pinning it to a towel or ironing board while it dries will yield the best results for shape retention. If you ever have questions I’m happy to help!
I have never had any of the high quality thread I use bleed color, but I don’t want any accidents! Before setting the black doily on the white tablecloth, or sewing the motif to the blouse, please do test it for colorfastness. I am not responsible for color bleeding.
If you are sewing lace or a motif to clothing, you will want to carefully stitch every loop down to the garment to prevent curling, and help the lace keep its shape. Feel free to ask me any questions. If it is sewn very securely you can wash the garment inside out in a lingerie bag in the washing machine with cool water, lay flat to dry.
I am always delighted to receive custom orders. I love the idea that I can help create something that will be cherished. Working with customers, hearing their ideas, and being a part of bringing their dreams to light is one of my greatest inspirations
To place a custom order, click the “request custom item” button or send me an Etsy conversation.
There are many variations that can be made to a lot of the lace you see in my shop. Options for jewelry can include different closures, adding or taking away beads, matching sets, and of course sizing. Motifs can be made in any number, or a mix-and-match set.
If you have an idea, I'd be thrilled to hear it, let's collaborate!
I am happy to make any lace you see in my shop in any color you want. See the last photo of a listing to look at the colors I currently have in stock. If none of those colors are quite right, don't worry! Contact me, and I'll order the color you're looking for, at no extra charge. (note that this will add on a little wait time while the new thread ships to me)
If you are looking to match colors very exactly, like for a wedding, please let me know! I will happily send you a little sample, free of charge, so that we make sure we get it perfect!