Sunday, November 23, 2008

Evolution of a night-cap





































ANTIQUE WOMEN BOBBIN LACE NIGHT HAT CAP DOLL BEAR  My Store





ANTIQUE WOMEN BOBBIN LACE NIGHT HAT CAP DOLL BEAR  My Store 









ANTIQUE WOMEN PINK CROCHET LACE NIGHT BED CAP 1900's   My Store 






I was trolling an auction, shopping for my Ebay store. I saw a group of old beautiful night-caps that intrigued my eyes. I thought WOW.  The fabric was soft and the fine feminine lace patterns I had never seen before.  My mind said women really wore these in the past. I impromptu won the action.  

The caps were beautiful and dirty. I clean old doll clothing and I thought I could clean the caps.  I cleaned them.  The caps feel silky and smell fresh. 

My research revealed night-caps were baggy and made of linen, adorned in lace. Some were of colored linen and threads. A body covering that seemed to be erotic for the era.  HE HE! The cap indeed kept women warm as they slept.

 I think bobbin lace is the lace adorning the caps. “Unlike needlepoint lace, which is made with a single-thread technique using embroidery stitches, bobbin lace is made with a variety of multiple-thread weaving techniques. Groups of threads are plaited, interwoven and twisted. This craft evolved naturally into the production of linen laces for decorative insertions and borders. Although evidence suggests that the first bobbin laces were made in Venice, the craft spread quickly to Milan, Genoa, Flanders and other parts of Europe. Bobbin laces were softer, lighter in weight, and more suitable than stiff needlepoint lace for the fashions of 18th century Europe, and so reached their peak at that time in Flanders and France.” bobbin lace

What can you do with these lovely night-caps? They would be ornate design in a home. You could frame them on your own or at a frame shop. Hang the multi-night-cap picture in your bedroom where you sleep.  A bear or a doll could wear the night-cap for display.  Use a cap in a victorian collage of various old items.  Any other ideas? Please leave them in my blog comments.


 

 

3 comments:

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

You did a great job of cleaning up these lovely night caps. They are sooo pretty and look great on vintage dolls and bears.

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

vickysplace1 said...

Thank you Karen. It was a job cleaning them. I soaked them in wool light for about 8 hours, rinsed, then I soaked them in a fabric softener for about 1 hour, and rinsed. I touched towel dried and laid the caps out on a mesh hanger to dry.

Draffin Bears said...

thank you so much for visiting my blog Vicky.

the answer to you question is probably no.. unless we win something on bonus bonds.

I enjoyed my visit to your blog and I love anything old ~ so I will be back.

Hugs Carolyn