GREAT POPULARITY of FILET LACE
From window curtains to jabots, from sofa cushions to ball gowns, from bedspreads to shirt waists, filet lace is made use of for every conceivable article of personal adornment, and for every imaginable article of service from the boudoir to the parlor. For lamp shades there is heavy imitation filet edges with a narrow border of Cluny, while for the tea gown exquisite silk filet is employed, the net embroidered over to make it doubly effective. For the luncheon table no doilies are so attractive as those formed of small squares of real or good imitation filet, while for the hat shelf there are stands or racks covered with silk and a cheaper lace, but a filet just the same.
Combined with heavy linen embroidered in the open English design, Filet Lace is particularly effective, and many sofa cushions and bedspreads are of this combination. For a cover for the dressing table, for a tea tray or for a centerpiece for the luncheon table, a finer quality of filet is employed, and it is combined with sheer batiste delicately embroidered instead of the coarser linen. Laid on a foundation of pale colored silk, the pattern of the lace shows up most attractively, but if placed directly upon delicate china, silver, or rich mahogany, its natural beauty is also seen to excellent advantage.
For a lampshade for a handsome period room Filet Lace seems appropriate with furniture and hangings of any style what-ever, while for candle shades for the luncheon or dinner table this lace is suitable with either silver or gold table service and looks well with any manner of table decoration. For a large pillow cover for a brocade-covered sofa, filet lace is more effective than either silk or satin, while for a "day cover" for a tiny "baby pillow" -now a necessity of every divan or lounge, a filet lace -a combination of embroidered linen and squares of filet, is exceptionally attractive.
Even for an amateur Filet Lace is delightfully easy to work with. Squares cut from a yard width and inserted in a strip of linen the llength and width of the bureau, the linen embroidered in regular designs between the filet squares and the whole bordered with an edging of Cluny or Irish lace, makes up a most effective cover for the dressing table. Under the glass tops that are so fashionable nowadays for the bureau and dressing table, this style of cover is particularly good. The little candle and lamp shades for the dining table are especially easy to manufacture. lace is chosen with squares the exact width of the shade selected. The frame is just covered with taffeta or china silk, and all the rims bound with ribbon or silk tape, and then the lace is laid over that, sewed flat on the cover rim, and gathered in as much as necessary where the frame is narrower at the top. An edging of Cluny lace about an inch in width, added at the top and lower rim, completes this most attractive little shade. A large lampshade is made in the same way, save that there is a ruffle the width of one of the squares at the foot of the frame, and the flat rim, or heading, at the top is covered with a flat band half the width of the lace and lined with the silk. Cream colored lace over silk of the same tint makes an attractive lampshade, and ecru is also rich in coloring and attractive in almost any room.
For collars and ties and in separate waists and afternoon and evening dresses only the finest quality of real filet is permissible, and the silk filet is now more frequently employed than the linen thread. Not only are gowns trimmed elaborately with embroidered filet, but among the new robe dresses are many of heavily embroidered filet lace, and these costumes are very beautiful and accordingly expensive.
In the Southern outfits there are included this year filet covered parasols, hats trimmed with filet lace, linen coats, and skirts comprised of very nearly and equal amount of embroidered linen and the filet, while the inevitable shirt waist once again turns up, and this time most elaborately trimmed with the inevitable filet. Really, there seems no diminishing of the craze for filet lace, and every day one sees new objects made up or covered with this useful and effective trimming. Handkerchief cases and veil cases, traveling accessories and work-boxes, lingerie, and opera cloaks, curtains for the halldoor, mantle draperies, and even scrap baskets and pictures frame -every conceivable and inconceivable article can now be made up in filet lace, and fortunately the lace has proved effective and suitable whenever and wherever employed.
Source: Great Popularity of Filet Lace, December 29, 1907, Sunday. The New York Time archives
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