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Thursday, June 2, 2011

I Love Lace!

Nothing says elegant, feminine and timeless like lace!  It comes in so many patterns and has so many uses!
The true origin of lace is hard to determine; both Italy and Belgium lay claim to being the countries where lacemaking originated. At least the time frame of lacemaking can be determined; documentation exists for lacemaking going back to the 15th century.

Originally, lace was hand-made and was very expensive and was considered a luxury fabric. In the 17th and 18th century, lace was a sign of prestige and wealth; only the finest ladies and gentlemen wore it, for they were the only ones who could afford it.
Lacemaking was often the only means of support for working women in Europe in the early centuries. Girls as young as five went to lace school to begin preparing them for a life of making lace.

The advent of machine-made lace in the 19th century made lace much more affordable, and therefore, lace lost some of it's prestige and status. The skills for making hand-made lace were almost lost after the invention of the lace machine, but luckily, a few lace schools in Italy and Belgium were revived before all the knowledge could be lost, and due to records of their work, we still can make "real lace" in the modern world. Each country has their own "special" kind of lace and lace patterns are most often named for the region from which they originated. "Beds" lace is from Bedfordshire, England, "Venetian Lace" is from Venice, Italy, "Maltese Lace" for the island of Malta,  "Chantilly Lace" after Chantilly, France and so forth.

A lace runner on top of the spinet piano in the front hall adds a touch of elegance, and a nice backdrop for whatever decor I have on top of the piano (in this case, a bucket of flowers and a dove figurine).

Lace panels at the parlour windows filter through the light of day, yet offer some privacy.

This lace pattern is called 'Windsor' or sometimes 'Windsor Rose'. It's pretty obvious why. Eventually I will have other drapes on these windows; they will probably be custom made.

Olive loves lace curtains too.

Lace looks lovely with flowers!

Lace even looks good as a 'collar' on a satin kitty pillow.....

And blowing softly from a breeze through a window.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be linking up to these parties:
Show & Tell Friday with Cindy at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday with Courtney at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home with Sherry at The Charm of Home



saltbox treasures said...

A beautiful post! I love lace too. Your cat is also pretty :). Are there any kitty holes in your lace curtains?
Have a great weekend!
~ Julie

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Nope, no kitty holes,thankfully!

Sherry said...

Your lace looks beautiful. I love it on windows. I put it on one window and my hubby liked the privacy so much that he is asking me to put it on all of the curtains. Who would have thought. Thanks for linking it up to HSH!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Katie,
I adore lace and I have it on almost every window in my home as well as the tables. I don't think there is anything more feminine or beautiful than lace. Thanks for sharing yours; lovely! Enjoy your day.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog as it in turned enabled me to find your lovely blog! I adore lace, especially lace curtains. I drape bits of lace all around and it does age beautifully. Olive is such a sweet looking kitty!

Wonderful that you have a collection of wedding cabinet cards, too. I'd love for you to link up and share them with us at the Wedding Blog party June 10th!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

lvroftiques said...

Hi Katie!
What a beautiful home you have! I just adore lace! Your kitty has got to be so happy to be able to lounge in that lovely window *winks* Vanna

Liz said...

Lovely pictures! Hydrangea and Lace...and kitties! Perfect!

Have a great weekend!

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

I agree, I adore lace too! I think it's so feminine and so very Victorian. But my lace curtains do indeed have kitty holes! Any bug that gets into the house makes its way to the windows, where the kitties try to swat it off the curtains *sigh*.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Your lace is so pretty in all the areas you have shown!
Beautiful pictures too~ thanks for sharing at FNF :)