I can't be the only person who spends time browsing through Pinterest and saving pins that I'd like to try someday. But I wonder how many people go back to their pin boards and actually try a recipe, recreate a craft or re-purpose a piece of furniture that inspired them. When I'm looking for something fun to do, I open my Pinterest board and pick something. Here's what I finished today:
|A vintage doily table runner with my mother-in-law's antique aluminum tea pot filled with pink tea roses.|
I have been collecting vintage linens and laces for about 20 years, so I knew I had the materials on hand to make one myself. But you can find vintage linens just about anywhere...at thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales. Most are not too expensive, but larger pieces can run several dollars.
I pulled out my bin of vintage lines and began to dig through it for some doilies that could work for this project. Some of my stuff is stained, cut into small pieces or lengths of lace trim, so I had to be selective. I found nine that would make up a nice runner.
|My stash has a large variety of lace, linen and trim.|
|Restoration is available at www.kilianhardware.com|
|Move the doilies around until you get a nice arrangement, then pin the pieces together.|
I tried to find doilies in my stash that were different -- included in this runner are examples of crochet, Irish crochet, netting, tenerife, and bobbin lace. The color palette ranges from bright white to ivory.
This runner make a distinctive foundation for a small floral arrangement, candles, or a bowl of fruit. It looks especially sweet with vintage furniture, like my 1930's Duncan Fife dining room table.
On to the next project!