06 apr 2010

A doily a day...


My grandmother and great-aunt have not only been two of the most stylish ladies I've ever known (and at 90 my great-aunt still is), they also happened to left a very big collection of lace doilies to my mom and me... together with a ton of vintage hand-woven linen and cotton...
I managed to bring some of this amazingness here in my new house in Sicily but the largest quantity is still in my mom's house in Switzerland.
The question was simple: what to do with all these doilies?
I mean, I love them and am daily inspired by their shapes and intricate patterns but I'm not the kind of girl that puts doilies under a vase...
I wanted to find the cutest and most modern way in which to use them without loosing the vintage feel they have.
After months of searching and a lot of brain exercises I finally came up with something I just adore and which will only be the beginning of my doily project. I'm inspired to make more goods both for the craft room and for the house.


Please welcome my doily pincushion! It's made with a vintage hand-woven piece of linen and all the doilies have been hand sewn to it. I used a pretty big one for a face to give it a geometric pattern and for the other face I used four different round doilies. I stuffed it with an old duvet from Ikea. Everything was found in the house!


I'm in love with the result. I think it is really modern, chic and vintage, all at the same time!
I love the slightly dusted whiteness of this creation and I really feel that this was exactly what I was looking for!
I need to make another one for me as this one already took a flight to London together with my lovely friend Denise...


What do you think? Is it only vintage or has it a modern vibe? Would you love to use it?

2 commenti:

Deb G ha detto...

It's a very sweet pin cushion and yes I'd use it. My grandmother just gave me most of the doilies and lace edgings my great grandmother made. I've been planning on making pillows.

piccola samurai ha detto...

Hi Deb, thanks for taking the time to comment!