My grandmother had a linen cupboard full of old-fashioned white cotton bed linen, decorated with lace and embroidered initials. When she passed away, my mother, aunt and I inherited these sheets. They’re of excellent quality, really thick cotton that is not easy to find these days. But after many years (decades even) of use, some of these sheets have worn out.
Being a hoarder of all types of things that might come in handy one day, I’ve kept all the lace, stored in a box which is full of romantic and feminine things such as lace, doilies and handkerchiefs. Things that I’ve either inherited or found on eBay, things that I often take out and admire, but never really use for anything.
That’s because as much as I love the contents of that box, I have found it a little bit difficult to think of what to do with them. Some of them are very fragile and not in a very good condition. And on the whole, my taste in interior decoration is not very frilly and feminine, so lace doesn’t really go with it.
But when I needed curtains for my sewing room, I thought something old-fashioned and feminine would be just the right thing. The main body of the curtains is made of old lacy handkerchiefs and I’ve used different types of border lace to fill in any gaps. I hand-sewed the pieces together, which wasn’t nearly as slow as I originally thought. In fact I found it strangely soothing and almost addictive. Despite the shabbiness of the lace, I quite like the results as the curtains suit the little attic room perfectly.