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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.


Marydon said...

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

Single Stone Studios said...

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

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

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

Susan said...

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

jeanetteann said...

Oh Laura, how pretty.
xx jeanetteann

the language of design said...

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

Liz said...

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

Super Smart Idea!


Bettyann said...

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

Jane said...

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

Lisa said...

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

Karena said...

Laura what a creative AND gorgeous idea!

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

Art by Karena

April said...

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!

Jill Elaine said...

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!

openid said...


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,

Linda said...

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) :)

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

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

The Boston Lady said...

So pretty Laura. You have such wonderful ideas. Ann

jeanette from everton terrace said...

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.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

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

French said...

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

Miss Sandy said...

Dreamy confection!

Robin's Nest said...

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


DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

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

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

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

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

These are lovely. What a great idea.

Auntie Em said...

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! :)

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

awesome! So unique and pretty!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

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

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

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!

Nook and Cranny said...

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

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

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

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Sherry said...

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

Danielle Wagasky said...

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

Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

Dortesjs said...

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