It’s all in the details
Posted: October 6, 2014 Filed under: Fun Finds, Knitting & crochet | Tags: bobbin lace, crochet, tatting, vintage hankerchief, vintage hankies
It’s no secret I love brightly patterned vintage linens–everything from 1940’s tablecloths to souvenir pillows and scarves. But I recently bought a stack of plain Jane linen hankies just for their wonderful edgings.
A box full of delicious details. Each hanky is one-of-a-kind.
I’m guessing they were from the same estate, and all made by the same person trying out various techniques.
I think fine linen and handmade trim are “frilling” when piled together.
Take a peek at the lovely details that caught my eye:
Purchased lace is attached and finished off with jadeite green crochet, plus there’s drawn work on the edge of the fabric. So much work!
Blue linen finished with a loose crochet lace.
Something old, something blue. I could see a bride carrying this hanky edged with tatting.
This dense crochet edge seems too heavy for a hanky.
Pulled work, embroidery and bobbin lace. I just happened to snap the side where the lace is seamed.
Fresh as a daffodil with spring-y tatted trim.
Crochet r-r-r-r-r-ruffles in blue again. ! I bet it was their favorite color.
One of these things is not like the others… I bought this cotton hanky solely for its yummy sherbet color.
More blue crochet, this time with a variegated twist.
Maybe they were tucked away as “too good” to use, or simply forgotten in a box in a sewing room. I know I couldn’t use them to blow my nose!
If you’re feeling ambitious and want to try your hand at making your own vintage edging, check out a whole bunch of free patterns at Ravelry or Free Vintage Crochet.