When I think of doilies, I can't help but think of my very Southern, very talented grandmother who could make doilies like an insane person. My sister and I used to joke that if an object was stationary in her house, then it had a doily on it, or under it! I am pretty sure that if you stood still long enough in her house, she might cover YOU in a doily!
She used to make these great doily Christmas ornaments for her tree, using fabric stiffener and very skilled hands.
They looked a lot like these, except she made three-dimensional ones too.
Making doilies is one of those talents that I wish she would have taught me before she passed away a few years back. That, and the secret to good biscuits.
I used that same fabric stiffener technique on some doilies recently at my Bun in the Oven Baby Shower. Doilies scream "retro" to me, so I had to incorporate them into the design.
I hung them from the chandelier and also used them as table decor.
Lately, I have been seeing doilies pop up in all kinds of gorgeous ways. They are so versatile and they lend an old-fashioned romance and throwback feel to an event.
Here are some fabulous examples of doilies at use!
A Doily Wreath, lit no less!
A hanging doily arrangement
A Doily Lamp, using the same technique as the yarn balls.
Doily Bunting. I adore this!
Mason Jar luminaries lined with doilies
I am in love with this tablecloth!
Doily Chandeliers. How beautiful would these be at a wedding? Swoon.
And speaking of a wedding, look at this gorgeous cake!
And a doily runner!. Fabulous.
If you have used doilies recently in a creative way, leave a link in my comments! I would love to see them!