Flowers In Threads

Chicago, Illinois

Victoria Ong

Needlework Artist and Author

Artist Statement:

I am an emerging fiber/textile artist focused on 3D floral designs and geometric patterns.

My first connection to art was at the age of three when I first started drawing flowers and birds. For the majority of my life, drawing was my major hobby. I studied engineering and worked in the field close to ten years before leaving it. In my engineering career, I specialized in 3D modeling and spatial relationships in design.

In 2015 I had my first encounter with standalone lace structures inspired by natural materials and forms. The motifs and high degree of skills to create needle lace spurred my desire to learn the longstanding traditions of the process. While much of the history, exact origins, and information on lacemaking is elusive, I was able to teach myself with the help of the few resources available.

In 2018, I published a book with both the traditional patterns and original patterns I developed in needle lace design to fill the void of information available. As of today, much of what I draw are loops, knots, and patterns. 

I try to keep my designs as pure as possible using only needle, threads, and scissors to design my floral jewelry and accessories. The quality of lace greatly depends on the patience and control of the hands forming it and greatly affects the quality of the work.

I am always looking for ways to design new patterns and techniques and push lacemaking into the 21st century here at Flowers in Threads.

About Victoria’s work:

Needle lace encompasses various techniques and styles. I specialize in edgings and standalone lacework using the double knot technique commonly practiced in Turkey with an emphasis on floral subjects. The lacework can take hours to weeks to finish, and results in a beautiful 2D or 3D structure or form.

The basic structure of the knotted needle lace style includes the double knot, loops, and row line. The finer the thread, the more delicate and lace-like the finished product will look. Traditionally, silk was used to create this lace. Now it is more common to use nylon, polyester, or mercerized cotton threads.

My mission is to teach this style of lacework, write patterns, and make instructions available for English users to learn from. I also sell my freestyle lace jewelry on my own website and post photos of completed pieces in my gallery to inspire ideas for needle lace projects.

I currently travel to teach at different lace guilds through invitation and self-publish my own books on my website since the beginning of last year in the Midwest region.

Victoria Ong

Mailing Address: 505 N McClurg Ct Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 415-517-8108

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