Sunday, June 09, 2013

Thrifted Pretties

When I visited my folks recently, my mom gave me a few pretties she'd found at an estate sale.  The motif, she thought, might be tatted.  I'm inclined to agree with her because of the long threads and the woven patches in the outer part of the circle.  It's got a bit of a stain on it, but that is a sign of it's natural age.

She also gave me this spotless linen hankie with hand a crocheted (?) lace edging. 

The work is just perfect.  I'll save both of these pieces for a special project.

I recently ran across some great thrifted buttons.  I hadn't found buttons in a while, so these are great additions to my stash.  I think the cards are sometimes even more interesting than the buttons themselves, especially when they include the price.  Those "Le Chic" buttons where made in Japan, which is probably not a big exporter of buttons anymore.

These shiny black buttons were made in West Germany but the claim that they were "styled in Hollywood" gave them their real panache.

For real chic, these buttons claim Paris.  And add a foil backing.

Sometimes a discount trumps glamor.

Grey mother of pearl:  a little warn, but still beautiful.


Rian said...

My grandmother used to tat and she taught me...55 years ago. I wasn't sure if "shuttle" was the right word so I had to look it up.

Debra Spincic said...

The edging on the hankie is definitely tatting.

I'm not sure about the first doily -- it may have been some kind of a woven wheel frame or loom. Those filled in areas look more woven than tatted.