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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Vintage Thingies Thursday




My Vintage Thursday feature with Coloradolady and her friends is some of my crochet pieces.




This beautiful piece is not vintage. I just received this last week from a very thoughtful, kind blogging friend. She is none other than Charlotte at http://yardsalesandcrochet.blogspot.com. Her choice of colors and pattern are perfect for me. I was so surprised and pleased. Thank you again Charlotte. If you have not visited her blog, you are missing something special. Take time out and say hello.


I have no idea how old these are. I just recently acquired them from the estate of my late husband's sister (84). She had them displayed for years. They mixed sugar and water for their starch. In case some of you wish to try it, this is the recipe:

SUGAR STARCH

Old fashioned starch used for lacy crochet doilies.
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Mix water ans sugar in small pan. Stir over low heat until clear and not sugary. Let cool. Wet the doily. Roll in a towel to remove excess moisture and dip into the mixture. Squeeze out excess starch, then shape doily. Do not need to iron when using this starch. Just smooth out and shape while wet on a clear flat surface.


Years ago, this style furniture was very popular. Most of it was a blond finish rather than dark like this example.

This is a three piece vanity dresser set. They were made to be used on this style dresser.

Anytime I see crochet pieces, I want it. Bear in mind, I do not crochet, but love what others do. In the future, I will have some of my vintage embroidery work.


REMINDER

If you missed it, I am having my first giveaway on Wednesday, April 28th post. If you are interested, just leave a comment there. You will find it by just scrolling down.

27 comments:

Charlotte said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You did not have to send me anything in return but I sure do appreciate the handkerchiefs. You are a sweet and precious lady and I hope someday we can meet. The doily with buttercups is spectacular! I am going to look for that pattern. Thanks agian!

~~Carol~~ said...

I love that green and yellow doily, and I can't decide if the flowers are daffodils or irises! I just went to your anniversary post and entered your giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Elizabeth said...

I love the daffodil doily! So cute and dainty!

marian said...

what gorgeous doyleys beautifully displayed on your lovely vintage furniture :) x

Coloradolady said...

I think I'll send my stuff to your house and let you starch them for me!! Lovely pieces....just great! Have a great VTT!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Thank you for visiting me today! I've never seen anything like your green and yellow doily...someone really was talented when they made that one. I enjoyed seeing some of your treasures.

Sue

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such lovely pieces. I do not crochet either, but my mother did. And her pieces are very precious to me. Happy VTT!

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Postcardy said...

I love old crochet pieces, but don't have any desire to crochet myself.

Deborah said...

Well we are glad you are blogging. It is so much fun for me too. Won't that sugar starch attract ants and bugs??

Ann said...

Your crochet pieces are great. I like them all. The one your friend made is such a pretty color. :)
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I remember my mother having those doilies.... Oh--how that brings back memories.

Thanks, LV...
Hugs,
Betsy

xinex said...

I love your doilies! They are all so pretty.....Christine

Unseen Rajasthan said...

These all are so beautiful and fantastic !!Thanks for sharing LV !!Great

Manang Kim said...

They are gorgeous specially it came from a friend. Happy weekend and thanks for the visit.

VTT~Old Book

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Lovely items all, though I am most partial to the ones which are white or off white.

CC said...

Hello my sweet friend...
The crocheted pieces are just wonderful..I love the one from Charlotte and the daffodil crochet is the pretties I've seen in a long time. I remember my mother and grandmother making up sugar starch for their crocheted pieces..there was a basket that stood up on it's own and was beautiful. After it was starched,it was put on an upside down glass to dry and stiffen.
And a p.s. I received a beautiful package from a dear blogging friend..did you hear the screams of happiness?? That's gonna be my Pink Saturday post... hugs,hugs,hugs and thank you sweet friend..

viridian said...

The green doily with the trumpet-like flowers around the edge - that is unique. Happy VTT.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I cannot believe how beautiful the daffodil piece is. I have never seen anything like it. Your new one is lovely too, but I can't resist the yellow one. Oh it's still calling me - I'm going to go back and gaze a it for a while. Don't mind me.....

Sherry from Alabama said...

What beautiful treasures! I have never seen that daffodil pattern before. It's just lovely!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Love everything but especially the daffodil doily, I've never seen anything like it. So much fun!

Ann said...

I really love those doilies. The green and yellow is beautiful. Starching them is something else.
Happy VTT

ewenique said...

Your post on starching dolies brought back memories of my Grandmother. She always crocheted dolies and people would bring them back to her to starch them. It was a very pleasant memory!

AshTreeCottage said...

I am just learning to crochet. I am admiring your lovely pieces. I hope one day to be able to create something so pretty!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Miri said...

The green and yellow doily is amazing...I can't imagine making those flowers by crochet.
Thanks for the sugar starch recipe.

Your vanity set is lovely-beautiful burled wood!

JEANNE said...

Oh Meme, I love all your vintage treasures but the daffodils are so pretty. I have never seen daffodils in crochet before. It is all lovely. Happy VTT day.
Hugs, Jeanne

Stacey said...

Love the one with the daffodils- I've never seen an example like that before!

Marina said...

the daffodils are just gorgeous!