accumulator seriali - part 27

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com Ever since I began making books in 2002 I've used vintage materials for the covers. Vintage lace made its first appearance probably in 2003, and it's been a often used element ever since. At first I used lace I'd received from my mother and grandmother, but once there were only the most precious pieces left I realised I had to begin collecting vintage lace in earnest for future book projects. So, now I pick up special (and afforable) bits of lace at antique markets and online, and my collection grows. Still, there's always room for quality pieces!

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com

On my studio shelf I have a plastic bin overflowing with lace that I could possibly, maybe, in special circumstances, use on book covers or mixed media pieces. The most special family heirloom lace is stored elsewhere in a safe place (where that is, I have forgotten, because safe places are doomed to be forgotten), so the above lot is a selection from the possibly useable lace bin.

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com

Sometimes the most worn pieces can be the most attractive...

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com

The blush pink lace is one of my newest finds and I love it!

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com

This lace bib is one of those family heirloom pieces; it most likely belonged to either my great-grandmother Ester or great-grand-aunt Saima. The level of detail is amazing! The simple tatted lace above was tatted by either Saima or Ester - both of them were great at handicrafts.

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com

This card of lace is also from the family stash, and I like to think some of these might also be family-made.

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com

The lace above and below are my favourites to use on books - the wider the better!

a selection from my vintage lace collection - paperiaarre.com

If you want to find out more about how I actually use lace in my handmade books, have a look at my How to successfully glue different types of lace -tutorial!

accumulator seriali - part 24

vintage buttons, snaps and hooks - accumulator seriali - part 24 / paperiaarre.com

I adore buttons. My collection is pretty massive, so I try to break it down and share just a bit at a time. This post features a big part of my collection of buttons, hooks and eyes, and snaps that are still on their original cards.

vintage buttons, snaps and hooks - accumulator seriali - part 24 / paperiaarre.com vintage buttons, snaps and hooks - accumulator seriali - part 24 / paperiaarre.com

Koh-i-noors from Czechoslovakia with Swedish, French, and German text.

vintage buttons, snaps and hooks - accumulator seriali - part 24 / paperiaarre.com

Above you see the back side of those lovely white linen buttons sewn onto a black card. What a gorgeous label, don't you think?

vintage buttons, snaps and hooks - accumulator seriali - part 24 / paperiaarre.com

Tiny linen buttons. I've made a few buttons like this myself, a long, long, time ago, but they were nowhere near this small or intricate.

vintage buttons, snaps and hooks - accumulator seriali - part 24 / paperiaarre.com

This long strip of metal buttons is one of my cherished finds from the Spitalfields Antique Market. The reverse is equally lovely (if not more).

vintage buttons, snaps and hooks - accumulator seriali - part 24 / paperiaarre.com

I wonder if Florence will be kind to us and brings more treasures like these to my path. I really hope so - there's always room for more vintage buttons!

 

accumulator seriali - part 23

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com Back in June I shared my maternal grandmother's childhood quote book filled with short poems and Victorian scraps. Today it's time to take a look at my paternal grandmother's war-time quote book. Compared to the fancy little 20´s book this black notebook from 1941-1942 is plain and unembellished. My paternal grandmother worked at an army canteen during the war, and this book was signed by the people she met there. It's full of song lyrics, poems, and small notes, written in such different hands, with different pens and pencils. A few talented guys also drew pictures for my grandmother. The sheer variety is just wonderful!

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com

The majority of the pages are filled with song lyrics - some of them are now classic tunes, but there are masses of propaganda songs in there, too. I'm not a fan of those, so I'm sharing only the less grim bits here today. The Star-dust foxtrot below is unexpectedly written in English, and less surprisingly there are also some Swedish and German lyrics in there. The majority is of course in Finnish.

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com

A very clever corporal wrote a sexist note about the different stages of woman's life. At fifteen they're innocent like Hawaii, but at sixty they're automatically as distant as Australia. The other note by the same guy is a play with a traditional rhyme that literally translates as three words to you: be my friend - this chap wrote "three words to you: buy me coffee".

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com

After Christmas 1942 my grandmother received congratulations for her engagement to my grandfather.

grandmother's war-time quote book / paperiaarre.com

Among the song lyrics and poems there was this lone note for the measurements of an ice cellar. Somehow this is quite endearing to me. I never succeed in keeping a notebook dedicated to just one kind of notes either, some shopping list or the measurements for a book always sneaks in!

I never got the chance to know my paternal grandmother as an adult, or even as a teenager. Reading this notebook gives me a new kind of window into her life, even though there are very few truly personal notes written to her in there.  I also appreciate how this notebook was saved for all these years, and how all the numerous, now forgotten, brief encounters are still kept safe on its pages.

Tallenna

accumulator seriali - part 22

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com Time for prickly things! Vintage pins and needles it is, then. Sewing supplies is perhaps the category most my cherished treasures and accumulations fall under. Maybe it's because sewing is the thing that runs in the family, and as such has a special interest to me. Maybe it's because sewing supplies are such small and timeless things no one is easily inclined to get rid of them, and they tend to accumulate in large numbers.

You'll see plenty of sewing supplies in the future of this series, but I'll try to scatter these posts among other types of collections and finds so that there's still content for those less enthusiastic about buttons and such. Still, I think the design aspect of these needle packets I'm sharing today is a lot more interesting than the needles themselves, so no craft skills required for enjoying this post!

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

Needles from the U.S., England, Czechoslovakia and Germany. I won't even try to date these, I'm not that obsessed with google (I'm pretty obsessed with googling, but there's a limit to everything, and today I can barely keep my eyes open).

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

John James & Sons is still making needles. I love how their transparent wrapper was once such a rare thing it was worth mentioning it on the packet!

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

I arranged my needle packets for the group photo only to find some more just after I put my camera away. The above needles were hiding in another box with hooks and eyes. I've had that elephant one ever since I was a kid, I'm fairly sure my maternal grandmother gave it to me.

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

This De Long toilet pin packet has gone through a lot. (Does anyone know what that lone peculiar two-eye round-tipped needle is for? I just used it here to prop this persistent pin packet open, it's actually from the John James & Sons needle set you'll see later in this post.) The De Long Atlas silk pin strip in the top photo (and bottom left corner of the group photo), however, is as if no one before me even unwound it. Google didn't instantly give me a De Long Hook & Eye Company history, but I ran into this letter written by a De Long sales promotion manager during war-time metal shortage.

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

These John James & Sons needles came to me in this case, which is probably an original one. There's this beautiful embroidered crescent on the cover (it feels like silk to me):

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

This Akra needle book features a Dutch pop-up scene. Sadly the pop-up elements have gotten folded at some point. I could fix them easily, if only I got round to it! This one came to me from my paternal grandmother's stash recently. Below you can see the whole thing unfolded.

vintage needles - accumulator seriali - part 22 / paperiaarre.com

Another reason for the abundance of old sewing supplies must be that these tiny things have a tendency to get lost all the time. Replacements need to be bought even though hardly anyone ends up really needing those potentially hundreds of needles during their lifetime, unless they're an absent-minded seamstress. My pins and needles are used with such frequency they fortunately stay somewhere in the top stratum and easily found, but I can't remember how many times I've had to buy new zippers just because I couldn't find the ones I already have in my stash...

accumulator seriali - part 21 + new website!

accumulator seriali - vintage keys / paperiaarre.com Wow, after months and months of planning and some days of work here and there, I decided to finally finish my new website. Creating a new site was definitely a case where one could spend an eternity fiddling with details, but I want to focus my energy more on things off-screen instead of tweaking every little bit of my website. And sometimes done is better than perfect. Still, I'm currently quite happy with how everything looks like!

The biggest change here is the addition of photo galleries where you can browse my work neatly gathered in one place. Now you no longer need to sift through my blog ramblings if all you want is to look at beautiful books and mixed media art. There's also an all new About page (which is probably way too long - let me know what you think!). In any case, I will continue blogging here as usual, only with bigger photos.

Migrating nine year's worth of blog posts didn't go without a hitch, so you can still see some wonky formatting, like missing line breaks, and other inconsistent formatting, here and there, but I tried to  clean up the worst disasters. I used to know how to build websites with ease, but that was half my life ago, and things were much simpler back then. If you should run into issues with the new site, I'd really appreciate it if you took the time to let me know so I can attempt to fix whatever is the matter. You can leave me a comment, or get in touch via my fancy new Contact page. All feedback is most welcome!

accumulator seriali - vintage keys / paperiaarre.com

Now, back to the routine schedule! Accumulator Seriali it is, then. To take a little break from all the bookish things I've shared recently (more will follow, I promise), I wanted to share a different type of collection. As you know, I have plenty of old keys in both my letterpress trays (here & here), and a few odd pieces scattered about, but then there's this big pile in my studio. Well, it's not really a pile in these photos – I do like things organized neatly, after all!

accumulator seriali - vintage keys / paperiaarre.com

These are all keys my father gave me recently. They belonged to his father and his father's father. Luckily my brothers don't care much for junk, and the tradition of hoarded keys passing down from father to son could be broken!

After a long week of website stuff, I'm now so happy to go offline and create a new mixed media piece to be shared on Monday. I also have loads of new book ideas waiting for me to find the time to sit down and get those covers made. Nothing like a little break from making things by hand to make my fingers itch with anticipation...

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