Friday, September 27, 2013

Fab Fabric Friday- Vintage Scottish Lace

I can't tell you how thrilled I was when this piece of fabric walked through my door the other day!
25 years ago, I made our bedroom curtains out of this exact same Scottish lace- probably even the same bolt.... 
This client bought her lace at the same place that I did, at the same time; and while mine was used and washed and finally turned yellow, she kept hers treasured in a closet and brought it out for this beautiful shade.
Traditional Scottish lace is still being made in patterns dating back to the Victorian, Art Deco, and Arts and Crafts Eras.  Here are links to a couple of sites, with historical references.
  MYB Textiles
 J. R. Burrows
I'm pretty sure this variety of Scottish Lace is the one called Madras, because of the fuzzy edges to soften and slightly blur the pattern.  Nottingham lace is made with sharp edges and can achieve incredible pattern detail.
Ladder tape and clear rings blend in nicely with the mesh, achieving compliance with shade safety standards.

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