Thursday, July 24, 2008

Old Lace


When my Gran passed all her sewing things to me, these lace cuffs and collar were in one of the boxes.



I wish I had asked her who it belonged to. Gran was a dressmaker in the 1930s-40s, but these are older than that. I'm guessing pre-WWI.




They are very fine, and obviously stained over the years, but have beautiful detail.



Can you imagine wearing lace like this at the end of a fine sleeve?




Ok so the polar fleece jacket with the fine lace edging is not really doing it for me at the moment, but I can't imagine wearing lace like that and doing housework, so I guess this is the Sunday-best type of sleeve edging.



I have often thought of mounting these in a frame on velvet or similar, but would love to have some old photos from that side of the family to put with them ... something to think about, anyway.
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14 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Just beautiful! I used to have a dress with a separate lace collar; I wonder where that collar went, I know I wouldn't throw it out... HMMM.. Maybe they were your Grandma's for herself?
I hope you'll stop by my Beach Party tomorrow!

Hill upon hill said...

You could make like a memory/shadow box thing....

Carrie said...

Yes, framing them with a vintage photo or other related item would make a great display piece.

Amy said...

yes I can imagine wearing the lace, but I'd rather keep it in my sewing box I think...

Stephanie said...

Beautiful and way too delicate for me. I would definitely frame them and put them out for all to see!

Beth Ann said...

RIGHT NOW the historical museum in South Bend, Indiana is having a traveling show of dresses from the late 1800's to 1930's... in one section of the museum, they have a case displaying pieces like yours, with the knitting needles attached to the spools of thread, and the pillows and pins...showing you how intricate it was to make lace. I was stunned when I saw that and will never underestimate lace again! It was incredible! Yours are just gorgeous!

Coloradolady said...

What beautiful lace. This is a great collection to have. I really love the cuffs. These would make a great display in a shadow box.

The Apron Queen said...

They're beautiful. I agree that you should frame them. I framed some hankies from family. Here's a link: http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/2008/04/vintage-bling-bling-vintage-hankies.html

Lidian said...

These are absolutely beautiful - I agree that it would be lovely to frame them...

Threeundertwo said...

Just beautiful. I have some that I put on a quilt, but it's not nearly as lovely as yours.

What an elegant time that must have been. I can practically see the dresses that that lace was attached to.

Sonja said...

They are beautiful! I found some at a Antique mall, but didn't know what to do with them. Yours are alot nicery.

Hill upon hill said...

Have installed a groovy counter...

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Very Beautiful! I never tire of old lace and vintage clothing--they are facinating!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Jewelgirl said...

Such wonderful lace,I can't imagine
tatting the cotton to make this....
people were amazing handicrafters
years ago! amazing!