This is a vintage, handmade cotton lace doily from the 1950s, on to which I have embroidered a human rib cage, beautifully stitched in miniature in the finest, shiniest silk.
Using Pearsalls Filoselle silk filament, the embroidery has been worked in split stitch using 4 shades - Plum, Lilac, Anemone, and Shell Pink. The piece is finished in a fine outline of 100% cotton. It is stunningly pretty - like a Neapolitan ice cream - yet with a melancholy reminiscent of Victorian or Edwardian era art.
The lace itself is the most intricate and detailed of all the antique doilies in my collection. A traditional floral motif, it surrounds a small panel of the finest cotton. The silk threads are extremely lovely and smooth, and reflects the light beautifully.
Perfect as a gift to the one that holds your heart.
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The embroidery alone took over 7 hours to create. It is completely unique, one of a kind piece and can never be replicated. I have mounted the doily onto almost-black dark blue recycled felt, and it is framed behind glass into a black wooden frame measuring 8" square. It is ready to hang.
You can read more about this design’s creation on my blog here.
About vintage doilies: These doilies have been collected by my family over generations. Most are hand-made or hand-finished. All have been thoroughly but carefully washed and pressed before embroidering, but may still bare some discolouration that is simply indicative of their age - at least 60 years old.
*** Due to the truly irreplaceable nature of this one-of-a-kind product, for your peace of mind shipping is next-day Special Delivery which is tracked, requires a signature on delivery and covers you in case of loss. For international customers, again shipping is insured and requires a signature on delivery.
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