Victoria was born and raised on the western shore of Lake Michigan. She obtained a BFA in Theatre at the University of Southern Mississippi and pursued careers in theatre, administration, and the legal field. But, she dreamed of being a fiber artist with her own studio. She re-settled in East Tennessee a few years ago within sight of Mt. LeConte to pursue that dream.
The idea for VictoriasLace, Etc… actually began some 20 years ago. While researching a needlework project at the local library Victoria discovered a book on Victorian lace crochet. She was immediately enthralled with the technique and it became the primary inspiration for her crochet designs.
Her designs are informed by historical references and transformed for today’s styles. Sometimes described as “exquisite” or “elegant,” Victoria’s creations are distinctly feminine. Each piece is a unique, one of a kind wardrobe enhancement. Many designs can be customized for Civil War and other Victorian era re-enactors. She works almost exclusively in natural and luxury fibers such as wool, silk, cashmere, alpaca, cotton and linen.
Victoria offers classes in crochet and kumihimo at the Smoky Mountain Spinnery, Gatlinburg, and at the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival, Townsend. She is a juried member of the Foothills Craft Guild and the Townsend Artisan Guild. You can see her work at the Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery, Townsend; Smoky Mountain Spinnery, Gatlinburg; the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival, Townsend; and the annual Foothills Craft Guild Show, Knoxville, TN. Crochet World Magazine recently published one of her patterns.
I seek to clothe women in grace and beauty through exquisite crocheted wardrobe enhancements.
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