Thursday, December 13, 2012


Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric. Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace was not made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric.

Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.

Pieces below available for immediate purchase:

The Chancellor of Oxford University. The robes of some high officers of state and university officials are trimmed with gold plate lace or gold oakleaf lace.There are many types of lace, classified by how they are made. These include:

Needle lace; such as Venetian Gros Point is made using a needle and thread. This is the most flexible of the lace-making arts. While some types can be made more quickly than the finest of bobbin laces, others are very time-consuming. Some purists regard needle lace as the height of lace-making. The finest antique needle laces were made from a very fine thread that is not manufactured today.

Cutwork, or whitework; lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled with embroidery.

Bobbin lace; as the name suggests, made with bobbins and a pillow. The bobbins, turned from wood, bone or plastic, hold threads which are woven together and held in place with pins stuck in the pattern on the pillow. The pillow contains straw, preferably oat straw or other materials such as sawdust, insulation styrofoam or ethafoam. Also known as Bone-lace. Chantilly lace is a type of bobbin lace.

Tape lace; makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine- or hand-made textile strip formed into a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.

Knotted lace; including macramé and tatting. Tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle.

Crocheted lace; including Irish crochet, pineapple crochet, and filet crochet.

Knitted lace; including Shetland lace, such as the "wedding ring shawl", a lace shawl so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.

Machine-made; any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.

Chemical lace; The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif. Afterwards, the stitching areas are removed and only the embroidery remains. The stitching ground is made of water-soluble or non heat-resistant material. Lynn Konrad

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Antique FRENCH LACE Newly added TODAY!!

We are FINALLY adding our New Selection of French Antique Lace to our web site, More to come as the days progress!!

If you are seeking a large panel or anything specific, please feel free to contact us direct.

Pieces below are NOW on-line for immediate purchase.

(714) 310-0702
Call to schedule a Studio appointment in Huntington Beach.

Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

French Antique JEWELRY ~ History of GUILLOCHE Enamel

Guilloché (or Guilloche) is a decorative engraving technique in which a very precise intricate repetitive pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material with fine detail. Specifically, it involves a technique of engine turning, called guilloché in French after the French engineer “Guillot”, who invented a machine “that could scratch fine patterns and designs on metallic surfaces”. The machine, called a rose engine, improved upon the more time-consuming practice of making similar designs by hand, allowing for greater delicacy, precision, and closeness of the line, as well as greater speed.

Yet another account is that it derives from the French word for an engraving tool, not the engine turning machine.

A guilloche is a repetitive architectural pattern used in classical Greece and Rome, and neo-classical architecture as well as medieval Cosmatesque stone inlay work, of two ribbons winding around a series of regular central points. These central points are often blank, but may contain a figure, such as a rose. Guilloche is a back-formation from guilloché, so called because the architectural motif resembles the designs produced by Guilloche techniques.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

French Antique Jewelry and GIFTS in LA County this Sunday!!

Just some of our Latest designs!!!!

We will be at the Long Beach antique Market this Sunday,  November 18th in our usual spot!

Hope to see you there!!
If you need help finding us, please call (714) 310-0702

If you cannot make please consider an appointment in my studio!

Happy Holidays!!


Friday, November 16, 2012

St Jude Charity Event Success!!!

A BIG MERCI to all of my wonderful Friends and Customers who attended the St Jude Charity Event last night!

We raised a good sum for this remarkable Charity!

Lynn Konrad

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

History of the Luckenbooth Charm from Scotland~Wedding GIFT

From our Victorian Collection....

A Long Single strand of White Freshwater Pearls with Silver wire wrapping, upon which is draped a Large Sterling Silver-plated Luckenbooth charm, cast from the original Art Nouveau Scottish piece over a century old, this lovely reproduction is hand crafted.

It is suspended from a Czechoslovakian Crystal drop. A piece with wonderful movement to catch the light and make you sparkle!

Pearls are is 30”L, pendant is 1.75" by 2.25".

History of the Luckenbooth

A luckenbooth brooch is a Scottish heart-shaped brooch. These brooches often have a crown above one heart, or two intertwined hearts. They are typically made of silver and may be engraved or set with stones.

The name comes from the luckenbooths of Edinburghwhere jewellery and trinkets used to be sold, including this type of brooch. Luckenbooth was a Scotsword for a lockable stall or workshop. The Edinburgh booths were situated on the Royal Milenear St Giles Cathedral. They were the city's first permanent shops, going back to the 15th century, and initially housing mainly silversmiths and goldsmiths. They were demolished in 1817.

The luckenbooth brooch is a traditional Scottish love token: often given as a betrothalor weddingbrooch. It might be worn by a nursingmother as a charm to help her milk flow, and/or be pinned to a baby's clothing to protect it from harm. It was known as a witch-brooch by people using it to save children from the evil eye.

The luckenbooth brooch has motifs similar to the Claddagh ring, also using the heartand crown. Heart-shaped brooches in parts of Europe date back to late medievaltimes, but this design probably did not appear in Scotland before the 17th century.

One legend of the luckenbooth brooch is that it was a symbol of love and devotion given by Mary Queen of Scotsto Lord Darnley. Another story is that it was an engagement brooch given to her by the Dauphin of Francewhom she later married. It may feature Scottish motifs like the St. Andrew's Cross, or the thistle.

Price: $108.00

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FRENCHatHEART at Remnants of the PAST

We are excited to be selling at the upcoming ROTP

We have two spaces now and will be previewing out Latest LACE well as New castings, Religious Antiques and MORE....

The Thrill of the Hunt

the Reward of the Harvest

The next show is only a few weeks away!
Friday Night Preview Shopping

October 19th, 2012

5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., $25/person

(includes entrance to Saturday and Sunday)

Secret Shopper Surprise Worth $1,500!

As the Friday festivities begin, I will browse all of the booths and preselect items from every vendor – look for the bright pink tag. When you purchase one of these items, your name will be placed in a drawing. I will then draw $1,500 worth of items and if we draw your name, the item you bought will be paid for by Remnants and given to you, our guest, as a gift!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., $10/person
(includes entrance to Sunday)
Sunday October 21, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., $10/person

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Groves antique Market tomorrow in Orange County

We will be at the Groves Antique Market in Irvine tomorrow with lots of new Baubles!!

Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine

 OC Great Park Antique Show today from 7AM until 1PM!

Hope to see you there!!!

(714) 310-0702

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Getting ready to launch a FRENCH LACE Line.....

We are adding Antique Lace to our Vintage jewelry line, coming soon!

One of a Kind Women's Attire including Shawls, Vests, Curtains, Valances, Runners etc....

Be on the look-out!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Vintage JEWELRY~CROWN and EIFFEL TOWER Pocket Watches

Our latest addition to our Vintage Jewelry line.....

Pocke Watch Necklaces with Eiffel Towers and Crowns.

Wear them alone or layered with our other pieces!

A Must have if you are a Francophile!