Yeah, I use doilies in my house. I do. I have doilies my grandmother made, some that I’ve found at antique shops, and some that have just appeared as if magically, with no indication of how they got here.
My decor is simply called “Shit I like” and so I can combine things of any style and period in a way that pleases me and my family. After all, who else matters when it comes to making your house comfortable?
But I know a lot of people don’t think doilies have a place in the modern home. And that can make sense. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to knit them! As you may have seen in Stories In Stitches 2, Ava made shawls from two of Anna Marie Jensen’s doily patterns. By changing the yarn, needles, and some other details, the transition was simple.
You can also make other useful household items from doily patterns. Here are some ideas:
Washcloths or hand-towels. These are great for your guest room, as well as for shower and wedding gifts. And, ahem, why not make a couple for yourself. You deserve pampering too. The Lina doily is perfect for this purpose. Just choose an absorbent, non-mercerized cotton yarn, or maybe even something that’s a little fuzzy. Worked on large needles, the pattern would still show beautifully.
Doilies are also good candidates for placemats. Circular or rectangular patterns can both be used, depending on the shape of your table and plates and your style preferences. I am planning to make a set of Sophia placemats using sport-weight linen yarn.
Centerpieces. Yes, maybe you wouldn’t call it a doily, but the same piece would be beautiful on a dining room table beneath a vase of fresh flowers, or on a cherished piece of wooden furniture beneath an heirloom piece of artwork or a treasured family photo. If you don’t think this fits in your day to day decor, perhaps you’d prefer to make a special piece to put out with your holiday decorations. The Queen’s Lace would be perfect for this.
What other ideas do you have?
For these doily patterns and more, see Stories In Stitches 2!
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