Thursday, February 20, 2014

Doilies

I really like doilies.
 

 
This is the newest one I've made.
 
I bought the magazine just for this pattern, I loved the hearts that appear towards the edge :)
 
I like making doilies so much that I don't even mind working in the round to make one...something that I always used to avoid.

So many people seem to dislike them but I see so many beautiful designs out there I can't help but love them. There are lots of wonderful vintage patterns you can find free online and I love to buy magazines with doily patterns, even if I never make them, just to look at them. Do you do that too, or is it just me? ;)

 
Do you prefer to work from charts or a written pattern? Here in Spain, most crochet magazine have charts alongside the written pattern. When working in the round, I prefer charts, they are easier for me to follow and in my case they leave less room for misunderstandings.
 
I worked on this doily under my afghan from last year

 
When it's cold out is so nice to be at home, warm and crocheting :)
 
I made this doily with size 10 cotton crochet thread and a 1.5mm hook and this is the perfect project to show why I love to block my crochet work:
 
 
I'm thinking of taking this doily and turning it into a cushion cover.
 
 
I'd use some upcycled fabric and sew the doily on to one of the side. Do you think it's a good idea?
 
Have a wonderful day!
 
xx

31 comments:

  1. I love making doilies but have been using yarn lately. I would rather follow written pattern than charts cause I lose my place on a chart. I use a 1.65mm hook with size 10 thread.

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  2. I think that's a great idea - it's a beautiful piece.

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  3. It's stunning!! I like the patterns I see, but I always think: where am I going to use it? So I hesitate to make them...Your idea of sewing it on a pillow cover is a great idea!

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  4. I love doilies and collect them from charity/thrift shops or junk/antique shops, but I've never made one. Yours are absolutely gorgeous Elisabeth and I'd love to have a go. I might look online to see if I can find a pattern that's easy enough for me to follow.
    Patricia x

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  5. It's really beautiful. I love delicate crocheted items like this but haven't made many myself yet. I would love to be able to crochet from a chart but I find it confusing. Most of what I've made has been from a written pattern.

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  6. It's so pretty! I love the hearts around the edge I like both charts and written instructions, but I do find a chart easy to follow. :)

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  7. I love doilies, too...I have lots that my grandmother made (whe was a "chain crocheter", never without a hook in her hand). In knitting, I can read both charts and written patterns, but prefer the written instructions because they seem to take less brain power for me! :-)

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  8. heel mooi gehaakt ik hou van alle vormen van haken

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  9. Your doilie is lovely. I have made a few too. I learned to crochet and work from written patterns. I still prefer them but maybe just because it is what I used first.

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  10. I have a massive collection of patterns for doilies from 1930s to the modern day. Yours is just stunning, I haven't done one for years maybe its time to start again.

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  11. I can't imagine even holding a crochet hook that small. Your cushion idea is worth doing. I find charts very useful to look at if I can't quite understand a particular written instruction.

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  12. Beautiful doilies ... I love them too...looking at them...making them ...collecting them...collecting patterns of them !

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  13. Hola preciosa esta carpeta quedan muy lindas y delicadas con un hilo así de finito bello trabajo besitos.

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  14. I admire you so much Elisabeth for your delicate patient hand in creating these beautiful pieces - this is delightful! I have never got into making doilies myself but that doesn't stop me from being attracted to them - arthritic hands don't go so well with fine work such as this - and I think as a cushion this will be absolute magic, great idea, I can see it now! Well done!
    Love, Joy xo

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  15. I love your doily Elisabeth, so very pretty and I admire your skill in making it. I have never made anything like this, although I have some super fine cotton for making doilies that I was going to make some snowflakes with, but never got time to, so perhaps you will inspire me to have a go someday! If not, I will just come and look at yours!! xx

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  16. Your doily is pretty , Elisabeth!! I love making doilies and I am comfortable with both charts and written patterns.

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  17. What neat crochet work. I find I use a mixture of both pattern and chart, and if complicated draw my own little chartlets in a kind of crochet shorthand I've developed. I do this when taking work with me on journeys by train. I would not like to lose my proper pattern. Would you mind if I used your before and after blocking pictures in my crochet classes?
    S xx

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  18. It's so beautiful, excellent job.
    I love doilies , too and a have a collection ( but not to big ) of crochet magazins with doily patterns, too :) :)

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  19. Your doily is so beautiful! Love the little hearts in it.. Great idea for cushion cover:)

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  20. Your doilies are beautiful, and I love the idea of adding fabric and turning it in to a cushion cover x

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  21. Gorgeous!! ♥ What a fantastic doily, the hearts are great. I really love making doilies, too; collecting patterns/magazines with them, simply watching them.... I only hate blocking, haha, but it's neccessary. And my problem is that I don't have many places where I could lay doilies. I get along with charts and written patterns but I prefer charts. And I think your new doily would look great on a cushion :-).
    Have a nice weekend!
    Nata

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  22. Really beautiful !!! And so delicate...
    Have a wonderful weekend !
    Anna

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  23. This is a beautiful doily Elisabeth, and I think making it into a cushion would be a great way to show it off. I like doilies too, but have never made one. I've printed off a snowflake doily from Ravelry that I'd like to try sometime soon (knit pattern). Wendy x

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  24. Wow, it turned out so beautifully.

    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  25. Very beautiful!!!
    Have a nice weekend.:)

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  26. Hello lovely Elizabeth you clever girl!! I am a doily fan too and I have told myself that I want to have a go at making one this year. At least I know how to turn to when I get stuck. How long did this take you?? It really is a work of art and you should be proud. xoxo

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  27. That's a great idea! I think it will be awesome on a pillow.

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  28. Oh I love that doily! I think it would make a great cushion! I think I just love to collect patterns rather then make anything! I am still struggling with my knitting and crocheting, eventually I will get there!! I better I have tons of patterns to make! haha!

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  29. Hi Elizabeth, I share your love for doilies. Some people think crochet doilies are old-fashioned, but not me. But then a lot of old-fashioned and vintage things are back in fashion again!
    I prefer symbol charts/graphs when making doilies, but I now have learned to make them from vintage written patterns as well.
    The doily you made is very sweet, I think it will look adorable on a cushion cover.
    Have a nice day,
    Olga

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  30. Hello lovely to find your blog. This particular piece in this post reminds me of a very beloved person who used to make those...really nice

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  31. Beautiful doily. Thank you for being my follower and now I'm following you to. I like all your creations. Best wishes....

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