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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?

Laura

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.

35 comments :

  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 ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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

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

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

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  5. Oh Laura, how pretty.
    xx jeanetteann

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

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

    Super Smart Idea!

    ~Liz

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

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

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

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  11. Laura what a creative AND gorgeous idea!

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

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  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!
    ~april

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  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!

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  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,
    Deborah
    FairfieldHouseNJ.com

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  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) :)
    Linda

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

    Robin

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  22. So pretty, Laura!
    I will be watching for the cuff!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

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

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  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! :)

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

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  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!
    Cindy

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

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

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

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

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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  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
    http://auntiesvintagedecor.blogspot.dk/
    I will be a follow of your blog and put your gorgeous creative blog on my blog to..no string att.
    have a great day
    Dorte

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