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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Romantic Antique Lace Napkin Rings

My name is Laura and I am an antique lace scrap hoarder. Some of my precious bits are so small I wondered what I would ever do with the pieces other than admire them. Inspiration struck when I began planning my Valentine tablescape. I wanted romance and lace and lots of it!

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I began by tearing strips from an old cotton pillowcase and a well worn French linen tea towel. (Yes, it is ok to imagine yourself in Edwardian times doing something noble like rolling bandages. :)

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I then spent a bit of happy time laying out different patterns with the lace.

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Here’s a yummy close up.

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After carefully stitching the lace pieces onto the cotton strips I then hand sewed a few seed pearls and iridescent beads in various areas for a bit of pretty sparkle.

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The beading is a bit easier to see in this image and oh so lovely in person.

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I raided my stash of mid size antique mother of pearl buttons and sewed them onto the napkin ring using linen twine that I purchased in France last spring. Cotton twine would also work.

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Each of the 12 finished napkins rings are all similar, yet delightfully different.

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I am so excited for you to see the pink and white lace Valentine tablescape next week.

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Do you have a romantic dinner planned?


UPDATE: Dear lovely readers: Yes, by all means these could indeed be worn as a cuff. I am currently working on a prettier design intended as a cuff which will be featured in my Etsy shop very soon.


  1. Now these I'd love to use. They are gorgeous, Laura. Great idea. Hope all is going well for you.
    Have a great eve ~
    TTFN ~

  2. These are gorgeous! What about a bracelet or choker to wear?

  3. Very pretty, Laura! I could see these as a cuff, too!

  4. What a beautiful idea! A great way to use up your bits and scraps of lace.

  5. Oh Laura, how pretty.
    xx jeanetteann

  6. Those are some highfalutin(fancy) rings! So pretty, so special.Your work is impeccable.XO

  7. Laura! These are GORGEOUS! I love them. :)

    Super Smart Idea!


  8. what a beautiful, charming little goody....bracelet??

  9. They're beautiful! Thinking I want to try making some now!!!

  10. How clever you are! These are so pretty and unique! And I love the vintage buttons.:)

  11. Laura what a creative AND gorgeous idea!

    I love these (even though I do not have a dinner party planned soon!)

    Art by Karena

  12. Lately I'm doing well to plan ANY dinner, so to think of a "romantic" one is nearly laughable!
    Your beautiful little rings, though, make me sigh and wish for a lovely dinner table sometime.
    Such good use of tiny little pieces! Love the idea!

  13. Those are beautiful! And I want a ball of that linen twine!! You go to France again would you pretty-please get me one? i'm haveing serious struggles with coveting that stuff!

  14. Laura,

    You've taken some scraps and "Lauralized" them! These napkin rings are très élégant et très romantique. Perfect for a Valentine's dinner. Thomas is planning our Valentine's date.

    Your Friend,

  15. I need to get planning for Valentine's Day. Dear Daughter is already thinking towards her plans - a house picnic with her beloved. Me, I'm not so sure. She has a pep game (band) right smack dab in the middle of the festivities, so I'll see what I come up with.

    You are just so creative. I'm always amazed by all of the wonderful things you're making - you must stay busy with that all of the time.
    Love and blessings (which are really just two of the same) :)

  16. Love the necklaces you made and now these very pretty napkin rings! You have been busy!

  17. So pretty Laura. You have such wonderful ideas. Ann

  18. At first glance I thought they were bookmarks. Cuffs will be adorable!
    I am envious of your talent with the needle. I love fabric and notions but have zero sewing ability.

  19. These are beautiful & we think alike...I immediately thought "cuff bracelet"!

  20. Very pretty, Laura! I love your attention to detail to finish these so perfectly!

  21. Laura, do you know where I can find some vintage looking lace for a good price? I'm in CA.


  22. So pretty, Laura!
    I will be watching for the cuff!

  23. Ohhhhhhhhhh these are AMAZING and GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeeeee them!!! Pinning them now! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  24. I love the way you used all the pretty little scraps of lace to make these dainty little napkin rings but I have to say that great minds must think alike since I was thinking what pretty cuffs they would make, as many of your followers did.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  25. Those are so creative--I definately want to copy those. Love them--thanks for sharing how you did it!

  26. HI Laura,
    Now that was just so clever of you and so beautifully creative!
    I love it, thanks for sharing, these are the best napkin rings ever!

  27. Laura,
    Your napkin rings are so beautiful. I am sure they will go just beautiful with your valentine table.
    Thanks for sharing.

  28. Oh, Oh, Oh.....I LOVE those! And the bits of pearls....oh my goodness!!

  29. Those turned out beautiful Laura! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  30. I love the lace. so pretty! I found you via blog train.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  31. aww love all your work so so adorable and sweet, I also love lace buttons and perls and have ton of old napkins i am sewing a blanket of. do come visit my blog
    aunties vintage
    I will be a follow of your blog and put your gorgeous creative blog on my blog string att.
    have a great day


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