Saturday, December 10, 2011

Vintage Lace

Last month I scooped up this stack of lace doilies for $20. From the late 1800's, there were nine of these stunning hand made pieces of lace included in the lot. 
I fell in love with them immediately because of their delicacy and daintiness, the fact that there were multiples, and the romantic french look they have. 

As soon as I took them out of the bag and had a chance to inspect them more closely I realized just how beautiful they really are. They get more lovely each time I look at them.  I am in awe that a mere $20 bought me nine of these little works-of-art that some lady probably spent days making by hand. Twenty dollars. Wow. 

While I don't often have a project in mind when I buy items like these, I knew right away that I wanted to make these into a banner. A simple, delicate banner to hang in the studio.

Because I didn't want to cut or alter the lace in anyway I simply strung a long piece of vintage ribbon though the lace and spaced them out evenly along the length. It was a simple project that took less than 10 minutes to complete. The result is exactly what I had in mind. The lace shadows on the wall- they were a bonus!


fancylinda said...

What a find! Those are some of the prettiest doilies I've ever seen! And I really like the garland you made with them.

Kathy Barrick said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the lace doilies what a great find! I have a weakness for those hand made pretties. Laura

Mindi said...

Love the banner you made with the vintage doilies. That was quite the find you had.