On Monday, I told you how I love making lace shawls. You’ll notice that I didn’t say I love wearing lace shawls. This is because I am a pretty big tomboy. I love how lace shawls look, and I love making them, but I always feel like a monkey in a top-hat when I wear them.
So, I had a whole stack of gorgeous shawls that did nothing but sit in my closet, waiting for moths to show up and start munching. Something had to be done. How could I display them? I tried hanging them over my closet door, but then I couldn’t open and shut the door without them falling all over the place. I tried putting one over a table lamp, but that looked like something from a palm-reader’s office (and I was paranoid about setting the whole place on fire). And, so my lace shawls went back into the bottom of the closet again.
Until I realized something. These lace shawls were basically great big art pieces. And my house was full of empty walls, begging for art to be put up.
I grabbed my Panache shawl and a dowel I had laying around (because I am a pack rat and have dowels lying around, just in case. You never know.) I carefully sewed the flat edge of the shawl to the dowel using a little bit of matching scrap yarn, and tied a big loop from one end of the dowel to the other. I pulled out a sticky hook, and I had filled my wall with lacy, yarn-y goodness in no time. (And yes, I know this is a terrible photo. Apparently I have forgotten how to take a decent picture that isn’t a close-up…)
My Panache is a medium sized shawl (about a 40 inch wingspan), but my Aeolian shawl, is a monster. It’s at least 60 inches from point to point, so sewing it to a yard-long dowel wouldn’t fly. I thought about it for a long time, and then the perfect solution came to me while I was doing yard work.
I cut some long (6+ feet) switches from one of the trees in my yard, and lashed them together with twine. I added a loop of twine and hung them from a nail in my knitting studio. Then, I looped the Aeolian shawl over the ends. I really like how it turned out. It’s pretty, and rustic, and if I ever want to display another shawl (or scarf, or sweater, or blanket) I can switch them out easily.