It's Thursday, the day for everything vintage! Suzanne at Colorado Lady hosts Vintage Thingies Thursday each week; go check it out!
Have you ever heard the term "lace curtain Irish"? I always thought it meant a more middle-class Irish immigrant family,but I was wrong. Upon researching the term I learned it was a derogatory term used to describe families who thought they were better than other immigrants and put on "airs".I used the term for my post title because I am showing off some lace that I've had handed down to me from both my parents' Irish sides of the family. I don't think it's from Ireland, but it's definitely lace! The pictures should enlarge when clicked, for better viewing.In my research I learned that lace is made both by crocheting and a process called tatting. Tatting uses one or more shuttles or a shuttle and a ball to create the pattern. I'm pretty sure all of this lace is crocheted, because the tatted lace I found online was much more intricate.All of this lace is out and used in my house. I use this runner sometimes on the coffee table and sometimes the dining room, and the smaller pieces are under things that might scratch my antique tables.If you like lace, Hearts Desires is an online shop that sells both vintage and new lace products, as well as having tons of information on caring for your vintage linens and the history of linens. There is also The Lace Museum and Guild, whose mission is to preserve, exhibit and offer instruction about lace. Remember to visit Suzanne and the other VTT Participants!