It’s all in the details

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.

vintage box of vinage hankies

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.

frilly handworked hanky edges

I think fine linen and handmade trim are “frilling” when piled together.

Take a peek at the lovely details that caught my eye:

jadeite and white lacy edging

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!

pale blue crochet handkerchief edging

Blue linen finished with a loose crochet lace.

blue tatting handkerchief edging

Something old, something blue. I could see a bride carrying this hanky edged with tatting.

royal blue crochet handkerchief edging

This dense crochet edge seems too heavy for a hanky.

peachy linen hanky with bobbin lace

Pulled work, embroidery and bobbin lace. I just happened to snap the side where the lace is seamed.

pale yellow hanky with white tatting

Fresh as a daffodil with spring-y tatted trim.

ruffled crochet hanky edge

Crochet r-r-r-r-r-ruffles in blue again. ! I bet it was their favorite color.

pink hanky with embroidery

One of these things is not like the others… I bought this cotton hanky solely for its yummy sherbet color.

blue variegated crochet hanky edging

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.

2 Comments on “It’s all in the details”

  1. Those are awesome! I love the aesthetic of crochet edging. You just don’t see it anymore c