This is a portion of a length of black machine made Chantilly lace that I purchased at an antique shop several years ago. The black threads you see in the background are holding the lace to its original backing of a course netting. The lace is 6 1/2 inches wide.
This is another fabulous find at a vintage textile show. I believe it was made as a yoke for a dress. The netting on it was not cut away but was cut from the outside in along the curve. It was never used. Some of the cotton netting was accidently cut too far along the curve so I backed it with another netting with tiny stitching throughout. This is a beading masterpiece with chenille roses and bows. The patience it must have taken is so inspiring.
This is the most fantastic piece of hand made antique lace I have seen. I spotted it from some distance at a show and it made my day! The yellowish color in the photo is a result of the scanner. The actual color is ecru. It is so unusual, intricate, and dainty. Will I ever have the heart to cut it??!
The vendor I bought these little ethnic pins from told me they were Scandinavian and made in the 1920's. They are hand made from suede and smooth leather and each have a pin on the back.
The ombre ribbon flowers on this piece aren't very vibrant but the basket, made of metallic cording and thread, is a super find. This basket is 7" high. If I use it someday, I will leave it as is and add ribbon flowers in the open areas without disturbing the originality.
This antique pin cushion is 6" wide by 11" long. The stuffing is so hard, I believe it is sawdust. It's amazing how these old pin cushions are so firmly stuffed! This pin cushion is covered with a pale yellow silk with a ruffle in the same silk. The lace topper is held on with a "common" pin at each corner with one in the center of each side. The hand embroidery flowers and silk ribbon set it off.
This little silk satin sachet was found in an antique shop where most of the things were heavy and included tools, architectural finds, etc. I paid a whole $2 for it. The scent is gone so I guess they thought it was useless - HA!!!
Last, but not least, for this round of photos is this antique flower spray of ribbon art. It is still sewn to it's original cardstock backing. The little buds are so sweet!