Creative DIY Projects with Vintage Lace

I have always had a love for lace.  It reminds me of my late grandmother, and how we would enjoy afternoon tea, surrounded by lace jam covers, vintage china tea cups, beautiful edges tablecloths and napkins with intricate detail.

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She always had lace place mats for the pot of tea so her polished dining table didn’t suffer heat marks, and her pearls were often left on the kitchen sideboard (Image via Bloved Weddings)

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Nowadays I find any excuse to use it in my gift wrapping projects, and it looks great as an extra feature, used with other vintage embellishments.

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The nearby city of Nottingham is renowned for it’s lace market and I used to trawl through the market to find bespoke pieces when I made handmade wedding stationery in my earlier years.

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In this project I have kept the lace theme by half wrapping a brown paper box with a simple paper doilie.  I love the simplicity of it but it can also be edged with ribbon.

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I then got completely carried away and decided to make some lace themed gift bags using doilies and double sided satin ribbon.

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In this creative idea, lace can be added around jam jars with glue or spray adhesive to give an eye-catching effect (Image via Jadorable Home)

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Remnants of Lace were used in a collage to make my wedding ring cushion by the very talented textile artist Polly O’Connor

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Recently I wanted to add lace to a monochrome  gift wrapping feature and chose tissue in a black lace design (which we sold out of within days of it going online), I added lace with our black stitched ribbon.

Lace gift wrapping by Jane Means

 

Here’s another project that I couldn’t help myself with a few bits of blue remnant lace added with our Duo Stitched Linen Ribbons

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This project I have half wrapped the box in a remnant of vintage floral tissue and added some of our popular Raspberry Stitched Ribbon 

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Another clever idea via Pinterest is this Jewellery display idea. Just use an old picture frame and add lace with a staple gun.

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On a recent buying trip, I was somewhat overwhelmed looking at the hundreds of lace variations.  It made decision making very hard for my ‘Handpicked Collection’ (this is where I chose my absolute favourites that blow me away and share them with my customers via our online shop).

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It has also be a huge trend in Fashion with Issey Miyake and many other designers showcasing lace in their collections.  Karen Millen have certainly lead the way here in the UK.

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Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration and here I found some brilliant lampshades by Andrea Daniels – These are such a joy to the eye.

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I love the fact that lace is such an individual masterpiece. No lace is ever the same and it is filled with unique detail and I am full of admiration for those who design lace collections. I have introduced my own favourites in the Handpicked Collection and these are available by the metre or in bundle packs.

lace collection by Jane Means

If you have any great lace ideas we’d love you to share them with us.

 

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A summer photo shoot

I was utterly delighted when photographer Lyndsey James wanted to pop over to do a feature at the Haberdashery Closet. Her photography workshops caught my eye earlier on in the year as they are designed for anyone who creates or sells small products who want to showcase their work with eye-catching photography.

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I couldn’t wait to meet her and pick her brains. I do a lot of my own styling and photography and we had a morning playing around with ribbons, trimmings, raffia, gift wrap and all sorts of decorations.  I got to work in the studio whilst we chatted away, and the time flew by.

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I spoke about how I started in business with the ups and downs I’ve experienced.  So many times I nearly gave up my dream but persisted with the hard work and long hours.  It was great comparing notes with a fellow business woman and we chatted away about marketing, running workshops and creative photography which are huge parts of our businesses.

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I am always trying to dream up new ways to use ribbon.  So many people who buy from us transform mundane items in to brilliant creations.  I had a go at recreating the ribbon lampshades that Bay Designs do (although my effort is no where near as perfect as theirs) and plan to make a chandelier from wooden bobbins for a future shoot.

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In the Haberdashery Closet you are never short of ribbon and we had piles of pretty trims everywhere.  Currently we have over 10,000 rolls of ribbon in stock and I’m always dreaming up new designs and keeping an eye on forthcoming trends, and new crafty projects.

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I have a real love for depth and textures and soon pulled out the velvet collection for Lyndsey to photograph.  I love velvet as it seems to have that quintessentially British luxury and royal feel about it.

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The stockroom is a huge part of Ribbon HQ, we spend a lot of time in there busy packing up our online and wholesale orders on a daily basis.  I’m often rummaging through the stock when I am heading off to do a show or course somewhere.

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Wrapping gifts has always been a huge part of my life and I always left the nicely wrapped gifts last to open as a child.jane means raffia pink

I’ve always said you can add a few small touches to a gift to give it a huge transformation.  Here I’ve made a Fabric Rose just by using half a metre of wired ribbon and you can see the video tutorial on how to make your own.

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I found this great cake stand from TK Maxx and threaded some of our ribbon through it for a dramatic effect.

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On the day Lyndsey and I managed to find some biscuits and cakes to go on it. I couldn’t resist a purchase when I popped in to Fortnum and Mason a few days earlier for a meeting!


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After lunch I did a few step by step wrapping projects and you will be able to see these on the Lyndsey James blog over the next few months

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Vibrant wired ribbons were being added around luxurious gift boxes, with recycled Christmas decorations being tied in as a feature.  I found these glass heart baubles in a florist in Paris and couldn’t resist them!

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To add extra luxury I decided to layer several ribbons around gifts.  The recipient needs to be very special for this kind of treatment!

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Wallpaper remnants, jars of buttons and more decorations were found…I got completely carried away with Lyndsey and her SLR camera clicking away.  She was such a joy to work with that the day was over before I knew it.

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One of my favourite decorations are rustic orange slices.  They have that rich citrus smell and look great tied on to rustic and vintage style gifts.  I also love to use old music sheets in my gift wrapping projects.

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The Haberdashery Closet is always full of quirky products, with some of them that you can try out.  Papers straws in an old milk bottle go down a storm when customers pop in and enjoy a glass of cloudy lemonade.

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One of my favourite products are wooden spools.  I’m a huge collector of anything vintage and I have been lucky enough to source some old bobbins from old silk mills in the UK. They are a great way to display your ribbons even if you only have a few remnants in your bottom drawer.

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If you have a small craft business, great photography is an absolute must and can be done on a tight budget.  I always remember a PR agency in London telling me that advice years ago and it has always stuck.  I always spot poor or dark photography and when you sell online or create your own adverts or marketing material it is so important to have clear photos in daylight.

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All in all it was a fantastic day and I will be hiring Lyndsey in the future to help with our product photography, and hope to enrol on one of her courses soon.  If you have a small craft business, great photography is an absolute must and can be done on a tight budget, with the help of free photography software and apps like Instagram.

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