Continuing my love of all things Victorian I have been digging through my collection of antique lace. While most of it is from the Edwardian Era I do have some handmade Victorian lace that I just adore.
I began to search out ways I could display the lace. Lace table runners seem to be all the rage right now for weddings. You can find it paired with burlap, linen and cotton.
As much as I loved the looks I found, I didn’t see a design that worked for me. I wanted to somehow preserve the lace when the runner itself needed cleaning and keep the lace length intact for a future project when I perhaps tire of the runner.
So I came up with the following washable design.
Start with a piece of fabric that you will use for your runner. You can choose your own width and length to suit. (I had a lovely scrap of antique linen that fit the measurements of my table.)
Select a piece of wide lace to fit across each end.
My plan was to create a removable band of ribbon that could easily be taken off.
Digging through my stash I came across a pair of curtain tiebacks I wasn’t using. If you don’t have an extra pair of tiebacks laying around you can also sew a tab/band from a piece of sturdy cotton. :)
I cut the tab/band to fit the width of the runner. A button hole was created on both ends.
After attaching the wide lace to the piece of fabric, that I was using as my runner, I sewed a button on each end.
Here you can see how the tab/band is then attached to the button at either end.
Unbutton and remove the tab/band from the runner (for now) and pin the pieces of lace and ribbon you would like to use onto the band.
I stuck to a palate of white, cream, blush and taupe.
Carefully sew the lace to the tab/band. I used a large straight stitch on my machine so that if I want to dismantle the tab/band of ribbon in the future it will be easy to remove the stitches.
You then just simply re button the band of ribbon onto the runner.
Because of the weight of the ribbon the band may sag down in the middle. You can alleviate this by simply pinning a pretty brooch to the center.
The brooch shown I created to wear back in 2013. You can find the original “how to” post HERE.
It truly adds a pretty finishing touch and again, it’s not permanent.
I also love the look of the runner against the dark wood of our formal dining table too.
You could come up with so many other color combinations. Imagine the runner in a lovely colored fabric with an ombré ribbon band. So pretty!
I hope that you have enjoyed this Victorian Inspired Lace Table Runner.
Are you a lover of lace?
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