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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Of Hankies and Doilies

Hankering for Hankies

Based on comments to my Oct. 21 post, I see that many of us are devotees to the vintage handkerchief. I thought I’d share how hankies are used around Oak Rise Cottage.

This bulletin board in the downstairs office displays crystal angels with hankies and doilies and other pretties.

Here is a collection of six hankies. Each has an all-around design, with the four corners having the same design. I like the sense of completeness this gives.

When I moved into my house in 1991, I did not have money for new bedding or drapes. So I bought peach polished cotton toss pillows and dressed them up with off-white handkerchiefs hand-stitched to one side.

As pictured in my Oct. 1 post, I also selected from my kerchiefs and framed them along with vintage doilies.

On a table in front of the windows in my bedroom I use a monogrammed hankie given to me by my mother. It serves as a napkin for a cream teacup and saucer set in a small brass Chinese tray.

For a new crafter’s group here in New England I was preparing this large yellow pillow by appliquéing the colorful cotton hankie to one side.

Just as the new crafter’s online shop was about to start selling, problems arose with the Internet provider and the venture was cancelled.
[Since I had to register with Etsy in order to buy, I may just put them on sale by opening my own Etsy shop – OakRise.etsy.com. Think they would sell?]

Dallying with Doilies
Right up there with hankies as vintage linens, are doilies. I also collect doilies and have used them in various ways around the cottage.
Here are some other décor pillows I’ve worked on. Also for my bed, I took a lace-edged white cotton doily and stitched it by hand to the back of a little round pillow I had made. The lace forms edging for each side. The fabric matched my bedspread and the edging on the drapes.

In the guest bedroom is a large white pillow with crocheted edging. To this I hand-stitched a five-pointed Battenberg lace doily.

Continuing to make changes, I have selected these white buttons and pearly pin to enhance the pillow.

Intent on putting them up for sale, I took two green polished cotton pillows from Kmart’s Martha Stewart Everyday Collection and altered them with two new Battenberg lace doilies. One doily is round, the other square.

To a large lilac print pillow I stitched a round crochet doily.

For these two other yellow pillows I selected two small embroidered doilies to stitch on them. The third photo shows the rear of the pillows.

The other day I was checking on how to become an Etsy seller. Things seemed pretty straightforward, though generating traffic and sales is a challenge. Do any of you Etsy sellers or buyers think these pillows might sell? Let me know what you think. Thanks for your comments.


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I don't know very much about etsy...but your pillows are very pretty!

Anita said...

Oh my gosh! Your pillows are gorgeous!! I just love hankies...
I remember my Grandma teaching me how to roll them up just right to make two babies in a blanket... I used to play with her hankies a lot!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I love hankie pillows. So cute. What you should do is search out past sales of them on Etsy and see how others have done with them.

melissa @ the inspired room said...

These are very pretty, I have lots of hankies and doilies sitting around so I like what you've done with yours!

Don't know anything about Etsy so can't help you there!


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love hankies too. I made valances out of them for my bedroom window.

Nunnie's Attic said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your name! It's the same spelling as my sister's.

Your pillows are darling. So genteel. Come back again!


marypoppins said...

Ciao complimenti, vedo che anche a te piacciono i ricami e le vecchie cose e mi sembra di capire che sei una collezionista. Mi piace il tuo blog, tornerò a trovarti

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I like your hankie collection. I have a collection of yellow rose hankies. I like the ways you have used doilies too, I've done some of those also!


Cynthia said...

My aunt took all of my grandmothers hankies and made quilts for each sibling. I have let my mom know that I would love it. Please stop by my blog and enter my give away and many more!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What a great collection you have! I don't know much about Esty either and I've been considering the same idea with my vintage dish gatherings. I'm doing tons of research, we'll see where it goes...good luck to you!


the feathered nest said...

That's a really lovely collection! I love the pillows that you made! Very pretty.


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

You have made a lot of pillows. Very pretyy! I would think they would sell very easily!

Henrik Wahlström said...

Very nice post and a beautiful collection!

If you want to check another extensive collection of handkerchiefs, feel free to visit www.hankybouquet.net.

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