Ira & Sue Lances / Handmade Chenille
textiles & fashion design / clothing
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Ira and Sue Lances are a big-city couple with a down-to-earth spirit. Based in Staten Island, this dynamic duo makes exquisite hand-crafted chenille goods, including their signature chenille tassel jackets, boleros, shawls and tunics. The couple began crafting wearables back in 1980, but soon discovered that their textile work was popular among the arts and crafts community. Each fine art textile work made by Ira and Sue Lances is a 100 percent one-of-a-kind. And the pieces aren’t just beautiful, they’re also practical. Each garment is machine washable and dryable.
Many of the Lances’ pieces are crafted using a unique handmade chenille technique featuring four layers of nylon fabric that has been stitched together. The artists then cut through three of the layers, leaving one layer as the lining. The Lances also specialize in crafting lace chenille, which is created using a specialized process using recycled fabrics. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind chenille apparel, the Lances’ artist-made creations are sure to draw you in. Sugarloaf Crafts is proud to host the Lances at various festivals throughout the Mid-Atlantic.