Saturday, February 4, 2012

~Old Crocheted Lace and Doilies~

I had planned on doing this post yesterday but it was one of those days...not enough sleep, too tired, too much pain, no energy....blah, blah blah.

So here I am today ready to share with you another one of my loves....old crocheted lace and doilies.  I am always amazed and in awe of the time and devotion that went into creating such beautiful handiwork.

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to have the winning bid on a collection of doilies and yards and yards of crocheted lace.  Talk about doing the hallelujah dance....I was elated!!  I bought this lot for new craft projects to sell in my Etsy store.  But, as I pulled out each one and oohed and aahed, I knew it was going to be hard to decide which pieces to keep for myself and which pieces to use for others.  Wanna see what I mean?  There are lots of pictures, so you might want to grab yourself a cuppa.  Ready?  Okay, let's go through my treasures...

A long rectangular runner made with very fine thread.  This piece is laying on my cutting mat and you can see that each 'square' is about 1-1/2 inches.  Mercy!  One would have to have extremely good eyesight or a magnifying glass.

 I think this doily, along with many of the other pieces, might have been tatted.  Look at these tiny stitches!  You can use the cutting mat as a reference as to how big or small a piece is.

 I love the spidery, delicate look of this doily.  I can crochet but I think I would get lost on putting this one together.  I wonder if the little medallions were done first and then put together or was it done as one big piece?

 Two more delicate looking doilies.  I recognize the pineapple motif in the lower left one.

 I love these.  The pineapple motif can be used in so many different ways.  I consider myself an intermediate or average "crocheter" even though I've been crocheting for many years.  I am self taught and I think this design is rather daunting so I have never attempted it.  Is it easier than it looks or no?

 I'm no expert by any means about this kind of stuff and am not sure about the bottom one.  Is it tatting or is it machine made?  It looks like it might have been cut out of a piece from something.

 Now the doily in the bottom is more along my line.  I've done several different pieces...doilies and afghans...with this stitch.  I'm having a senior moment and can't remember what it's called!!

Big ones...little ones.  All different in design just by changing how stitches are created here and there.  If I had to choose my favorite out of this set, I would have to say the one on the far right in the picture above.  And it's because it looks different than most of what I have seen.

 Look how tight these stitches are!

A doily with a cloth medallion.  Yesterday, I learned about doilies that were made to cover pitchers of lemonade and such.  I imagine that these smaller ones were made to cover beverage glasses or maybe jelly jars.  Am I right?

 I love the ruffled effect of this one.

 These were made with a thicker thread and give a bulkier, sturdier look to the finished designs.

 I saved the best for last.  I not only love these designs but I have a weakness for ecru-colored thread.

 I know for sure that this one is staying with me to display somewhere in my house!  Okay, now to the laces and trims...

 This was the odd one in the bunch.  Pleated lace.  Would this be used for lingerie or pretty slips?  Hmmm... not sure exactly how I would use this.  Any ideas?

 The seller was kind enough to roll each one on a piece of cardboard and make a notation of how long the piece was.

With all the delicate and tiny stitches, I would say this one was tatted.  I have seen tatting tools but have never seen it actually being done.  One of these days, I hope to see.

 The top one obviously was taken from old pillowcases.  More tatting with the right one?

 The top one was an inset for a piece of some type and, of course, the bottom ones were, again, from pillowcases.

 So many different ways to use these beautiful trims.

So, there you have it.  My treasure trove of beautiful handiwork....27 doilies and 34 yards of crocheted lace.   Each piece cost me about 75 cents each!!  As the buyer, it's a steal!!  I'm sure that these were originally  bought at an estate sale, garage sale or even thrift stores.  Beautiful handiwork that no one wanted, no one to give them to or considered too 'old-fashioned' for today's modern society.  How very, very sad that they sold for mere pennies.

Whether made years ago or weeks ago, those of us who create handmade items to give to loved ones or sell in the marketplace have come to learn that the value is not in how much we think a piece is worth but how much a piece is appreciated and loved.

That's what makes it so hard to decide which pieces to keep and which pieces to use in my craft projects.   Each piece is worthy of being appreciated and loved.  Once I decide what to do with them, my hope is that others will appreciate and love my handiwork in return.  Isn't that what it's all about?

Now, I'm off to start creating!

Have a lovely weekend~

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Wow, how beautiful. Can`t wait to see what you `create`!


Amy @ with a Vintage Twist said...

What beautiful intricate work! You have a tough decision on what to keep and what to use!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Truly magic how someone can create such a beautiful thing.

My Vintage Mending said...

So many gorgeous things I cannot pick a favorite. Although the pleated lace is quite unusual. Has to be for a slip?


Country Dreaming said...

Those are really pretty!
Goodluck making your decisions.


Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

You got some really nice pieces there. Love all that lace too!!! Maybe someone worked in a factory to get all those things, as that pleated lace looks like it would go on slips, unless she took hers apart to keep the lace????


Sam I Am...... said...

Wow! You scored girlfriend!!!! Big time! They are so gorgeous and that price is unbelievable! So far this year that is the best bargain I have seen! I'm so happy for you but it does make you kind of sad when you think that relatives didn't want all that beautiful handwork. I guess it depends on where you're coming from and whether or not you appreciate that kind of thing. But I sure do!!! Knowing you, you will make beautiful things from them and honor the person or people that made them. Thank goodness for people like you!
A friend of mine used to make pillows and tack those smaller doilies to them and it really made the patterns of the doilies stand out especially against a darker background. I can't wait to see what you make with them. Please keep us updated!
Thanks for taking the time to share all of them with was a gorgeous post!

Cindy said...

You've got some amazing pieces of handiwork, there Velma.
I don't crochet, so I am in awe of anyone who can. I'm so glad that there are people like you who have an appreciation for these pieces of art, for indeed they are each individual pieces of artwork.
Have a super Sunday,

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Oh Velma what a deal you got. Wow I can't believe how much stuff was in your winning bid. I love doilies and lace too....have fun creating and I can't wait to see what you come up with ;) Have a great week.
Maura :)

Barbara Jean said...

ooooh! wonderful treasures. Love the doilies, such variety.
and the old laces and trims... my fave thing!
Thanks for visit to my place, and becoming a follower.

sweet blessings
barbara jean

PS gorgeous family too. =)

TinaTx said...

Wow - you hit the mother-load with those! They are wonderful!
I so wish I had learned to crochet when my great-grandmother was still living. Every time I see doilies I think of her. She made hundreds of them butni only have two.
And all that lace! You done good girl!

vintage grey said...

What a beautiful collection!! I know this is a late comment on this post, but I love vintage doilies!! xo Heather

Howard Jordan said...

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