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Handmade Lace and Toile du Juoy

Thursday afternoon, my friend Barbara showed me a pretty pillow she had made at Alterations Express.  She used fabric from her mother. her grandmother’s handmade lace and her special pillow.

When I saw the fabric I said,”Oh, my friend Joanne gave me a knitting bag made of something similar and it’s French and has pastoral scenes.” but I couldn’t remember the term and had to look it up-

  Toile du Jouy

(and here is a link to a blogpost about the history of toile)

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Barbara went and got a box with beautiful pieces of lace, created by her grandmother, Josephine Cinquegranni DiGalbo (b. 1890) Notice the blue edge on the lace.

I looked at the lace with admiration. Such expert craftsmanship and beauty. I asked Barbara is she had a photograph of her grandmother.

IMG_5774Barbara’s Grandparents, Angelo and Josephine, on their wedding day.

Her grandmother’s town of origin was Castlebuono, Sicily. The photograph was  taken on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, a Pittsburgh neighborhood.

And here is a photo of their daughter, Mary Ann, Barbara’s mother. I had the pleasure of knowing her and remember her for her kindness to my children.

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And here are some of the lace specimens, her grandmother’s pattern books and crochet hook were in the box, too.

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A note in Barbara’s mother’s hand about the lace.


Tie-Dye With a New Generation

Eighth graders in the art room.

Rubber bands and string. Buckets of color. Vinyl gloves.

Bought more shirts tonight to take to school to try again.

They’ve got the hang of it.  The practice.

I tell them – no design turns out exactly as planned.

Friday morning in the hallway a blur of t-shirts walked by.

I felt satisfied.

Did you ever tie-dye anything in your life?


Vintage Yo-Yo Clown Doll Spared from Trash

Vintage Yo-yo- clown hanging around.  Looking pretty sad. Full of dust.
Time to throw him out?  V, we talked about things with a face!  Fifty years of saving him,  gave him a bath. Spared from the trash.  Don’t remember really playing with him,  just propped up on a bookshelf, flopped really.  Colorful and jingles when you move him.  The bells probably dangerous for a child. I think there are still people who make these yo-yo dolls and will check it out. He was just always there.


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