I’m a huge fan of vintage linens, especially hand-crocheted lace. When I see it, I must have it and my collection of lace and lace collars has grown over the years. But one question, what is a girl to do with all this lace? I’ve decided to start a “Vintage Corner” to my blog that will incorporate the use of vintage crochet in your knitting, and even into other items.
Years ago my Mother gave me a piece of vintage crocheted lace that had been used on a bed sheet. If you’re a vintage linen lover like me, you know that this piece is typically very expensive and only can be found at antique shops, online and very seldom at thrift shops. I was so excited to receive it and she told me that she had bought it for 25 cents (it was still marked on the top of the lace) at Goodwill over 20 years ago. 25 cents! Amazing … you’re lucky if you can pick up the same piece today under $25.00.
This particular piece of lace is in a heart design that went along the top edge of the sheet. It was perfect, in tact and had no issues. I decided to use this piece of lovely crocheted lace as a border to a knitted vest that I had finished and didn’t like how short it was. My vest had been knitted in 1824 Cotton from Mission Falls and had the same color tone as the lace. It was a match made in heaven!
I carefully hand-washed the lace and then laid it out flat to dry. After looking at the entire piece, I found the best part to use that had no age stains on the cotton sheet. I then cut the lace where I needed to and hand-sewed it onto my vest.
I love how this project turned out and wear my vest quite often. I’ve had several comments on the use of the lace as the border and compliments. It’s a great piece to wear and I love the “vintage” look!
There is many ways you can “re-purpose” vintage linens. You can dress up a top, a cardigan, a vest or even add a collar to finish off a piece. Stayed tuned for more ideas.
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!