New in November

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At M&J Trimming we’re constantly getting new trims, notions and findings to dazzle and delight! Every month we bring in the most beautiful and unique trims from all over the world because we know our customers want the best and finest. If you happen to live outside of the city and can’t see our fabulous selection of trims in person, we have good news. All of the new arrivals below are available online!

Lace | M&J Trimming

We absolutely adore lace at M&J Trimming. It’s a borderline obsession, really. This month we’ve received a lot of beautiful eyelet lace like the Ruffled Eyelet Lace, the Scallop Lace Edging, and the Scallop Eyelet Lace above! This lace is durable and perfect for trimming a dress or a shirt! Many of these beautiful eyelet trims are made in Spain, and they’re also 100% cotton!

Thread | M&J Trimming

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of thread. This button thread we’ve recently started stocking is perfect for those pesky loose buttons! It’s strong and sturdy, and will keep the buttons on your winter coat right where you left them!

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Crystal Lilac Shadow Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Aside from ribbons and trims, we also love anything that sparkles! We have a huge selection of Swarovski crystals that are ideal for adding a little bit of bling to your outfit. We’re happy to introduce two captivating new colors: Dark Moss Green and Crystal Lilac Shadow. If you like to DIY with a little sparkle check out our Rhinestone Clutch, Rhinestone Beanie, and Rhinestone Clear Minauderie posts!

Are you a lover of lace? A Swarovski savant? A fan of threads? What new products do YOU love seeing at M&J Trimming?

DIY: Medieval Renaissance Choker Necklace

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At M&J Trimming we have no qualms about our love of lace. This Renaissance-inspired DIY is perfect for those ladies who share our love of the dainty look of white lace.

Supplies for Lace Cameo Necklace

What You’ll Need:

Stretch Lace #57291

Oval Woman Head Cameo #41584

E-6000 Glue

Snaps

Scissors

 
Measuring Neck Width with Lace

1. Take your lace trim, and wrap it around your neck to measure how much you will need. Leave a little overlap so you have room to place the snap closures.

Adding Snap Closure to Lace Band

2. Open your snap, and glue the stud to one end of the lace trim.

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3.  Take the other half of your snap, the socket, and place it on the opposite side of the other end. You’re trying to create a closure so that you can wrap the lace around your neck.Gluing Cameo Piece 4. Place your cameo button in the center of the choker, and glue it down. Let the project dry at least 3 hours!

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There you have it Madame! Wear your choker to your next grand ball, or just out for the night when you’re feeling extra feminine. Love our lace? Take a look at some of the other lace styles we have in stock! Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Medieval Renaissance Inspiration page for trim and notions that are fit for a queen!

A Lesson in Lace

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At M&J we have a serious love of lace. You might call it an obsession really. We have walls of the stuff at our store! Of course not all lace is the same, and we’re not talking about just patterns either. There are many unique styles of lace from all over the world! Some are made by hand, others are strictly manufactured by machine.  Some are created with using the needle method, others use bobbins. Each method and material used creates a different, but equally beautiful, style. Here are a few of our favorites styles, and a little history behind each!

Alencon Lace

Alençon – One of the most popular types of lace for wedding dresses, Alençon is a French-style lace. It is also one of the most difficult, and thus most expensive, types of lace to make. This style is characterized by floral or leaf motifs on a mesh background. Fun fact: The process of creating this lace by hand has been preserved over the years by Carmelite nuns in Alençon.

Battenburg Lace

Battenburg – Popular in the 1930s and 1940s, Battenburg is a needle lace. You can find it mostly on tablecloths and linens. It is an easy-to-make lace, and much less labor intensive than other embroidered varieties.

Cluny Lace

Cluny – A bobbin-style lace, cluny often features small flowers and loops. This lace is sturdy, and more durable than most. Its name is derived from the Abbey of Cluny in Cluny, France, where it was used by monks.

Schiffli Lace

Schiffli – This is the lace of the new age. Strictly made using modern machines, Schiffli is created by embroidering both the front and the back of a piece of light fabric, usually tulle.

Venise Lace

Venise - This needle lace was once more coveted than jewels. Originating in Venice, Italy, using this lace as an adornment proved you were very wealthy indeed. Thankfully it is now more affordable, and easy to obtain! Its design features no netting, with motifs held together by braids or threads. This makes it perfect for using as a dramatic trim!

These are just SOME of the many styles of lace available at our store. Which look or style do YOU prefer?

DIY Roundup: We Love Lace

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Lace has this fantastic way of making anything it touches instantly lovely and feminine. Lace is often used in the DIY world because of its versatility and ease of use. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use this delicate trim in both fashion and home decor!

Cut Short

Lace Shorts DIY from Sincerely Kinsey

Save this DIY for summer because, while shorts season is a long time from now, we guarantee you’ll want to be wearing these DIY lace shorts from Sincerely, Kinsey.

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Martha Stewart Lace Decor

Why leave lace to just the fashion world? Martha Stewart shows us some great ways to use lace in the home, from throw pillows to coffee cups!

Pretty Princess

Lace Crowns from the Girl Inspired

Oh hey guys. No big deal, but we think we just found the most awesome thing on the internet. These princess crowns made of lace are perfect for your daughter’s next tea party, or just a night of watching Netflix. Make one for yourself, and be a princess whenever you want. We won’t judge you.

Tangerine Dream

Lace Dress from Life Is Beautiful

This tangerine dress was a mere shell of its current self before the addition of lace. Whip out your sewing machines because this is one DIY you DON’T want to skip. It’s relatively easy to replicate using any type of lace. We recommend a Venise!

Kicked Up

M&J Trimming Lace and Neon Oxfords

Oxfords are usually a very neutral and plain affair, but we are never satisfied with plain at M&J Trimming! Check out our oxford DIY, and take your oxfords to new territory by adding two of our favorite things: lace and neon.

Do you love lace as much as we do? Do you prefer it in home decor, fashion, or relegate it to the “unmentionables” drawer? Let us know in the comments!

Decor Inspiration: Gothic Romance

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When you hear the word “goth”, what springs to mind? Is it a dark and dreary image full of cobwebs and bats? Well, you’re only getting an eighth of the picture. Goth can actually be used to describe anything spanning from architecture to literature! When we hear the word goth we think of rich heavy velvet, delicate black lace, and intricate and ornate design.  See why below, and get inspired by this dark and decadent style!

Cavernous Cathedral

Gothic Cathedral

The beautiful details on this cathedral are reason enough to go to church! There are so many things to look at that we’re sure you’d find something new each time you took a look.

Natural Findings

Gothic Bedroom

Not everything that’s gothic has to be black, right? The mismatched bedding creates a sense of cluttered comfort in the room, and some of those throw pillows look like easy DIYs!

Asymmetrical Style

Gothic Black Chair

Check out how beautiful this leather chair is! The shine of the black makes the detailing even more dramatic.

The Modern Goth

Modern Goth Decor

This modern take on goth decor uses a more subtle approach to the style. The furniture is simple, while the lighting and bookshelves add some drama to the room.

Bone Bouquet

Hideki Tokushige Bone Flowers

The sculptor who creates these beautiful flowers makes them out of tiny bones! Definitely creepy, but also kind of cool, right?

Looking to goth-ify some of YOUR home decor? Check out our beautiful selection of lace and fringe to amplify the drama!

NYFW: Oscar de la Renta

Oscar did it again. We’re blown away by his Spring 2014 Collection! Each piece that graced the runway reminded you of the warm spring air and hot summer nights that seem so far away now. In my opinion Oscar always chooses the perfect colors; this collection featured gorgeous shades of blue, pink, coral, white and black. There was also a play on patterns from textured crochet lace, to metallic floral embroidery. This collection is perfect for the classy and chic woman who enjoys modern style and sexy silhouettes. We cannot wait to see which celebrities rock these looks on the red carpet.

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Get the Look: Celeb Concert Attire

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It takes a lot of confidence for stars to don some of their concert looks. Although they may not be street style appropriate, there are many aspiring singers and entertainers looking to replicate these looks without the heavy price tag. These outfits are created with the intention of being noticed from all angles of a venue hence the over the top accents. We felt it was our duty to show you how to rock some of the greatest stage looks we’ve seen on our favorite leading ladies. Stop in and check out M&J we have everything from sequined trims to feathered accents. We can’t wait to see you here!

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Lace Editorial Prints

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Lace has inspired many editorial prints within the industry. The delicate fabric works well with romantic tones, whimsical scenes and even Gothic atmospheres. The multitude of detail adds to the creative nature of each individual trim. Many photo spreads use lace in order to depict the mood, or set the tone of their shoot. Once representing the Renaissance and Victorian era, lace has come a very long way.

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Lace Runway Trend 2013

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Lace has been a runway staple each year. The timeless material has been appearing in various ways. Some designers are using lace as their main focal point while others are using the trim to create patterns. Although many people believe lace only comes in black and white, that is definitely not true. Although those are the more common colors, lace can be found in nearly every shade. In the event that you do not find the color that you are looking for, dying white lace will allow you to create the perfect hue.  Colored lace is easy to create and an easy way to update your wardrobe for the Spring. Lace on the runway Tadashi Shoji Spring 2013 stylesight-bcbg-max-azria-spring-summer-2013-runway-daily-chroniclesInstyle_Lace

Lace Street Style

Lace is one of the more versatile trims we sell at M&J. Black lace gives off a sexy sophistication while white lace often portrays beauty and innocence. The delicate trim can be paired with many fabrics to either play up or play down the beauty within each piece. We love how each of these street style starlets worked lace into their wardrobe. We can’t wait to recreate some of these looks using our M&J trims.

Here’s a special promo code just for you! Be sure to sign up for our M&J emails for even more promotions.
M&J TRIMMING PROMOTION: We are currently offering 10% off all lace from now until Friday June 8 2013 with the promo code LACE101 on our website. 
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