Queen Anne’s Lace

Bobbi Rightmyer

It is spring, and I am delighted it is here.  I am anxious to plant our family garden and get to work on new projects.  Queen Anne’s Lace is a simple white flower, really a weed, but it makes me think of spring, delicately arriving, light and fresh.  An avid reader as a child, probably my most favorite series was the “Anne of Green Gables” series by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Since seeing the endearing PBS movie as a young girl, and visualizing the scenes from the book on the screen, I have dreamed of visiting the world of Anne, Prince Edward Island.  There is one particular scene when bosom buddies, Anne and Diana, are in a field of Queen Anne’s Lace.  Diana sweetly tucks some behind Anne’s ear – I feel like a ten year old girl again just envisioning it.

 Obviously, the flower looks like lace, but it was named “Queen Anne” because of the drop of red in the center of the flower, representing Queen Anne pricking herself as she made the lace.  Technically, it is a weed, but I think it is lovely, and I have been looking for some way to pay homage to the dainty flower in my home.

Embroidering the side hem of a pillowcase may satisfy my desire.  I love how the green velvet suddenly looks cool due to the delicate embroidery.  Wouldn’t a pair of these be sweet on a guest room bed?  You can find the tutorial here.

Sew, Mama, Sew!

I have always wanted to try making a cyanotype (or you might know it as a sunprint from elementary art class).  The process is relatively simple since the materials needed are essentially sun and a special type of paper.  I think the Queen Anne’s Lace looks so striking against the cyan-blue.  This source has a great sunprint kit.  Definitely a fun spring/summer activity to do with your kids!

cloth.paper.string

I do love antique framed botanical prints also.  This one is pretty.

A quick Etsy search led me to these little lovelies.  Queen Anne’s Lace tumblers!  I can imagine sipping lemonade out of these on my front porch.  Set of seven available here.

This set even has a little caddy!  The glasses are a little taller, and there are eight of them.

Target even likes Queen Anne’s Lace!  They have upholstered chairs and ottomans in a few different colors.  The ottoman (shown below in Butterscotch) is available  in a square or round shape.

Available chairs are seen here, I especially like the aqua!

Really though, I would love to have some fabric.  Pillows?  Curtains?  I’m thinking light and whimsical, maybe for my master bedroom?  I would say master bedroom “redo”, but it has never been “done” since we moved in a year ago!  More to come on that subject…

This Marimekko fabric has a modern flair.  It is vintage, too!

Cicada Studio designed this retro-looking one.  You can message this seller for the yardage you need.

But my very favorite has to be from Lauren Liess Textiles, of the blog “Pure Style Home”.  This fabric is 100% linen, and the texture and feel of it is just wonderful.  I mean, check out this detail!  Wowsers!  I love the spring green colorway, but she also carries it in black and white.

I think this fabric would look amazing as curtains or maybe a duvet (???) in my Master.  Hmmmm…

It is to the trade only, but guess what?  I am a retailer!  Email me if you are interested in any of her awesome fabrics.

Meanwhile, I will figure out a way to capture this flower in my home.

Anne and Gilbert forever.

3 Responses to “Queen Anne’s Lace”

  1. Erica January 13, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    I just found your blog and have been enjoying looking through your posts. What a great style you have! This post forced me to comment because we must be bosom friends–I too am a die hard Anne fan! I love all the queen annes lace ideas here!

    • Grace January 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      Hi Erica, I loved your comment! How nice to find a bosom friend! Is there anything better than our dear Anne? I think I might need an Anne marathon soon! So happy you liked the post, and I am so happy you found me! xoxo Grace

  2. Marilla September 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Of course, you know it is really called “cow parsley”….