Apparently Doilies Are “in” Again

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When I learned how to do a granny square all those years ago (and someday I’ll write my crochet origin story), I had no idea where crochet would take me. For instance, despite my early efforts with thread crochet resulting in my swearing and thread sailing across the room (those tiny hooks were soooo frustrating!), it is now my favorite medium. But how to best use this skill now that I’ve learned it?

I’ve always been a bit of an old soul, appreciating antiques and older decorative items that most modern homes would not feature.

Take doilies, for instance. When I was very little, I have a memory of my great-grandmother’s home having doilies on the armrests or headrests of upholstered chairs. I thought they were beautiful! I didn’t realize until later, though, that doilies served a function: they’d prevent wear and tear on the furniture while being pretty and decorative.

I’ve also seen doilies on credenzas under vases, on dressers under family photos, or on end tables under lamps. They’re so lacy, lightweight, and beautiful, and I admit I’ve fallen in love with them!

What I didn’t realize until recently was how much other people would appreciate them, too. I posted a finished doily with a small write-up elsewhere last year, and people were moved to ask me about them. I am now making doilies for other people!

Here is the doily that started all of that:

Poinsettia doily designed by Gemma Owen and made by me

I was at an LYS (local yarn store) one day last year and sitting around the table with other fiber crafters, crocheting a baby blanket. The woman next to me was making this doily. She shared the designer’s name and I immediately hopped over to the Internet and bought the pattern. (Which was tough to do, considering I had terrible cell signal in that store, LOL, but I was committed!)

I’m so chuffed doilies are making a comeback. We may no longer put them on our furniture to protect armrests and cushions from wear, but we can still use them decoratively. I used this one under an LED pillar candle at Christmastime last year, and it looked so pretty!

Thanks, friends, for appreciating and supporting my handiwork. You’ve made this old soul happy, and I’m always happy to share my love of crafting with you.

Published by Beth

I currently reside in Pittsburgh, having moved here in May 2008. I live with my husband Fred and life is really awesome. In the past few years I have completely changed my life (and I couldn't do it without support from family and friends). I now work as a writer and editor, and my favorite topics to write about are how to live a more positive life, book reviews, and sharing my crafts. Welcome!

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