Friday, August 5, 2011

Currently Obsessed with: Doilies

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!

Escort cards!

 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!

Doily lanterns

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!


  1. I don't know what I love more..all gorgeous ideas!

  2. I just made doilies to put on my cake pops. Its my newest obsession. Doilies are so fun and pretty! Can't wait to try some of those beautiful lights at my next party!

  3. Who knew? These things are gorgeous! My mother used to have a ruffled doily that was starched into big ruffles around the center. I also have a crocheted piece that says McGee for my grandson's family. Never thought I would think these things were cool.

  4. Love the escort cards. Hadn't seen that one. You know I love anything "vintage", so these are all right up my alley.

    You're grandma was awesome, by the way. ;) But, you already know that. Love you!

  5. I love doilies! I recently received a huge bag of vintage doilies of various sizes from my cousin's other grandmother (not technically mine, but we were always very close!), and I am debating what to do with them! I love these ideas, but at the same time, I don't want to cut them up!

  6. Love the ideas where the light shines through the doilies...showing off their intricate & delicate patterns! Thanks for a fabulous roundup!

  7. keep loving them because they are timeless and adds a whole lot a prettiness to just about anything the touch! I have a nice collection to use on at my weddings/events.


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