Here's a question I've been pondering, and I would like some feedback from the rest of you:  What do you do with your finished projects? Why do you make lace? Do you make gifts? Sell the finished pieces? Use/display them all over your house? Wear them? Make them just for fun/relaxation and store them away?

I'm really at a crossroads with this as I finally have time to get back into my lace-making and I'm contemplating what my end goal is. It could potentially affect my project selections. For instance, if I'm selling or gifting my pieces, I have to consider what other people like, rather than my own preference for strictly "white" work.

Thoughts?

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Mostly I just make the lace and store it. But I will soon start a project to sew all those edgings onto cloth. Some will become useable handkerchiefs (for cleaning my eye glasses). Some will be framed and displayed on the wall. I love the lace making part, but detest the sewing-onto-fabric part.

I personally haven't tried gifting my lace. The people in my family and people I know just have no idea what it is or its significance. I have never tried selling it, because the public has no idea of the time element in making lace. During the 18th century lace was outrageously expensive, but aristocrats wore it to show off their wealth (and power). Calculating a living wage that you could pay bills with puts the price on a lace so high that the prospective buyer reacts with outrage. I've just gotten tired of the argument. If you want to gift it, be sure the recipient understands what when into making it.

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