Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Doilies Aren't Dead

Hi Suzanne,

My grandmother gave me about 20 doilies that her grandmother (who was blind) had made. They are beautifully made, incredibly detailed and intricate. But I’m 27 and even in 27 more years I just can’t imagine a use for a collection of antique doilies. She put hers under potted plants. Any suggestions on how to make these doilies hip and stylish? 



These beautiful treasures are just begging to be shown off in a bright, sunny room!  I can just imagine your great great grandmother soaking in the sunlight, crocheting each stunning piece.  My grandmother crocheted hers too and they're so special to me.  Below are some of the most creative and current ideas I've found.

How about making a few of the small doilies into starched doily bowls?

To shape a bowl, soak a doily in liquid starch, squeeze out excess, and place doily over an inverted glass bowl covered in waxed paper. Dry one to three days, depending on humidity. 

You have plenty of doilies to make a pair of pillows.  

How to make them here: 

Isn't this incredible?  This bride made the green dress using a vintage form and crocheted her own doilies too.

The photo gallery here :

For your favorite pieces, framing them with a high contrast background will show off her handiwork!

How to make them here:



samantha. said...

you are right! doilies are certainly not dead! i love the idea of using them as interior design touches, like framing them! fabulous ideas!


Candi @ Candace Rose said...

Thanks for posting! I inherited quite a few and had no idea what to do with them. These are all really great ideas!

sisters in black frocks said...

i love the ideas here. i also love to see sentimental family artworks passed down generations, and used in new ways.


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