OK, most of you who read my posts know I have this "thing" for vintage lace and doilies. It seems about every haul I bring home has some included.
I literally drool over old lace pieces when I see them and try not to get too excited in front of the seller,.
I love to bring them home, go thru them and then gently wash them. I use a lot of Oxi Clean. I have had people tell me that it is not good for the old stuff, but if they are dirty and I can't get them clean, then they are not good for anything anyway.
I sometimes fill my washer with cold water and dissolve the Oxi Clean. I then put the doilies and/or lace in and agitate them a few times and then just let them set for a few days or so (if I don't have laundry to do).
One Saturday a seller at the Flea Market had dozens of these little bags full of small pieces of various kinds of gorgeous laces. What do I do with all of these pieces of lace and doilies?
Here are a few of the things I've made with the laces.
I make these linen and lace Memory Pillows. The various pieces of lace are used for pockets in which to store old photos and/or postcards. I accent them with flowers, pearls and old buttons.
When I find a really exceptional piece of lace like this, I just hand stitch it to linen and it makes a beautiful pillow.
This piece is a wall hanging full of pockets. It was so much fun to use all of the different kinds of lace.
And of course, I couldn't leave out Miss Begonia - my dress form - that I completely covered in lace, doilies and old buttons. She is my pride and joy! Love her!
So, if you ever run into a really good deal of vintage lace and doilies - think of me!!