Sunday, January 16, 2011
Having a thing for the doily
Yesterday, Bells blogged about knitting a doily and how she was enjoying being absorbed in such fine work. Personally, I have never knitted a doily, but I have knitted quite a few circular shawls that I use as tablecloths, so presumably they constitute doilies on a very large scale.
But I do have a 'thing' for them. Whenever I am in an opshop, I always look at the pile of handmade doilies that are invariably there in a corner.
I fossick through them, picking out the ones that are of interest because they're very fine, use a different technique, are particularly beautiful, or particularly old. And when I see them, I have to save them.
So many of them are done in that awful tonal crochet thread, or worse, with a mettallic thread through them. But, every so often, I come across one or even better, a set, and I buy them for pennies. I wash them and re-block or press if necessary, and sometimes I frame them.
They sit under the vintage tea-set china that I have laying around.
This one is very unusually constructed.
And this one is embroidered - AND there were two others matching that day.
They sit under the pieces of china and glass that I have kept from the children's younger days, and some things I've collected over the years too. (Actually, these ones were a gift from Randomknits - she buys the most awesome presents.)
They sit under the embarrassingly dirty decanters. Let's pretend they add something to the dusty vintage charm of the doilies, will we?
Here are some on a coffee table and sit atop the shetland tea shawl I knitted a few years back. I know I should really do something about those awful wall and carpet colours.
I just can't bear that these beautiful handmade things ended up in a rag bag, or worse, in a skip when their maker died, and I just can't leave them there!
I wonder what will happen to all this stuff when I go? One thing is for sure - I won't have any say in it.
And that's the story of my thing for the doily.
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