Old lace dollies are among my favourite arts and crafts materials. When I visited my grandmother I found these old, beautiful lace dollies in a drawer. And she was very happy to give them to me. I am amazed at the detailed petit point embroidery.
This weekend I created this wall decoration using one of the dollies. I made a ring from steel wire and then I winded brownish lace around it, using some glue to make it stick. Beneath the embroidered lace dollie there is yet another vintage dollie. I decorated the wall hanging with some purple beads.
Whatever crafts I do, I always think there is such special magic to old materials. It´s the historic aspect of course; it is fascinating to think that the materials I use have belonged to someone else before. But it´s not only that; it´s also because old, vintage and antique materials have this beautiful patina too them. And the quality and level of craftmanship is for the most part better.