Friday, May 6, 2011

Detail: Embroidery and Lace





Lovely white antique textiles.

Most teens look forward to owning a car, or at least driving one, upon turning sixteen; I, to antiques. If you have been following Haute Design for some time, you will understand my fondness for one-of-a-kind and beautiful old things, whether it's an old painting in a modern, elegant kitchen, or an incredible arrangement of top to bottom antiques, or a simple collection of teacups.

It was for my sixteenth Birthday that I visited a favorite local antique store, offering imports from Europe —wall sconces from castles in England, armoires from country chateaux, hand painted trays from Norway, and more. Having happily saved away for a very special chair, a dressing table set in silver, a dainty white nightgown with a monogram, and lace detailed pillowcases, my sixteenth year marked so many things that would forever change my eye and taste. A love for craftsmanship and things of the past were nurtured even more so than ever before... Do you also have a fondness for antique embroidery and lace?

+ more lacey inspiration here
Images: Campagne Decoration magazine + full article, by Eric Hérouville

17 comments:

  1. How sweet to read this Sarah! I was the same, saving for antique table and chairs and dishes to fit into a small window alcove in my bedroom when I was in high school.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    xoxo Mary Jo

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  2. I took an interiors textile course recently and was amazed when we covered the history and evolution of lace. It's such a gorgous fabric with such a rich history, especially in Ireland.

    I have a collection of antique tea cups and glassware that I simply adore. It makes me so happy to live amongst such lovely objects.

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  3. I can't find enough embroidered linens. I love it so much that I bought a babylock machine with an embroidery feature. Needless to say, their have been many pieces embroidered. Even with a machine, it takes time but is so beautiful.
    These images here are stunning. I love the embroidery tools shown here too. Thank you for sharing, Sarah.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  4. ahh those linens are simply exquisite! have a beautiful weekend, darling! xo

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  5. nothing beats the beauty of vintage embroidered linen..always gorgeous..thankyou sarah for your lovely comment about meyha's room on my blog..really appreciate it..have a lovely day..xx meenal

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  6. Dearest Sarah,

    Perfect pictures of the greatest open lace embroidery. I guess I'm fortunate for owning a few of those treasures. We bought in Portugal while on vacations such a tablecloth with cut-work embroidery. When using it over a red jacquard tablecloth from Italy it changes the entire dining room. Double napkins; red + white lace in a silver napkin ring... One thinks life is a fairy tale.
    Love the antique mother of pearl handle crochet hook and lacing hookF!

    Have a great weekend!

    Lots of love,

    Mariette

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  7. That lace work is unbelievable.

    I can't remember what I wanted as a sixteen year old, but I certainly wasn't as cool as you!

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  8. I love embroidered linens! Like you, I have great fondness for handcrafted and old items with provenance.

    Have a great weekend, Sarah!

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  9. unbelieveably gorgeous! i'd love to use those a a slipcover of sorts on a loveseat or sofa!

    xo.ashley

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  10. white antique textile, mon dieu!

    I wish I had been as clever at 16. Well, in my defense I didn't want a car ;-)

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  11. That first photo is so beautiful and warm! I'd forgotten how cool it is to snap a picture with a lit candle during the day!
    Not to mention the glorious craftsmanship of lace.
    And the story (in bits) of how you got to be you is just wonderful!

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  12. Hello Sarah,

    I am lucky to have as a wonderful treasure a tablecloth that belonged to my grandmother and that has been in so many familiar celebrations and I feel so happy every time that I can use it.

    Bigs hugs and thank you for your ever sweet and warm words in my blog,

    Cecilia

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  13. I love the white lace and embroidery! There is just something special about a handcrafted tablecloth or other linen. So classic and so beautiful.

    Also, thank you for the sweet notes on my blog recently! I hope you are having a lovely Saturday evening, enjoying life's simple blessings.

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  14. Hi Sarah and thanks a lot for passying by me! II'm so flatterede! You know that I daily follow you! This embroidered and laced white details are such delicate and romantic..I love this style and I love mixing&matching it with something a little more modern!
    Love.
    Laura@RicevereconStile

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  15. For my 21st birthday, my Mum and Dad bought me a collector's edition Royal Albert teacup and biscuit plate, so I understand. I have always loved delicately embroidered tablecloths and bedspreads - I imagine them in my future Provencal Villa.

    Have a lovely week, Sarah.

    Andrea x
    andreareh.blogspot.com

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  16. This is another one of those posts where I enjoy reading all of the comments even more so than creating the post —wonderful stories! Thank you to all who shared them with us —they are beautiful...

    xo

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  17. These photos remind me of my childhood...some of my aunts, my grandma, family friends, they all embroidered, crocheted, created beauty for everyday use. I still have one or two embroidered family "heirlooms". Seeing all these creative women definitely influenced me creatively...and now I embroider, sew, do collages and patchworks (can't crochet, though :-)

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