Remember Nana’s crochet doilies she used to protect her 70s wood veneer?
Well, it’s time to dig deep in your linen cupboard or visit your local op shop – because these gorgeous vintage textiles are making a huge comeback in DIY circles. Far too pretty to just be sat flat on tables, their intricate patterns and circular shape make them perfect to craft everything from table runners, to handbags, to lamps, lace bowls, coasters – the possibilities are endless!
If you’re looking for a novel way of displaying and up-cycling your vintage doilies, try this easy-to-make dream catcher – a perfect gift for little girls. Or get the kids involved to make their own, this is a perfect starter craft, and can be made with items you already have lying around. Penelope Quinn from Darnsexysecondhand.com shows us how...
1. Fashion a coat hanger into a circle. You can also use florists wire – a pair of pliers comes in hand for finishing off the ends.
Remember you will have to pull the doily taught to show off the intricate work, so be sure you have plenty of room around it’s circumference – especially if you want to show off the ‘web’ of your sewing!
2. Then, hide the wire by wrapping ribbon, lace and wool to wrap around the circumference.
3. It’s time to sew in your doily. You can use a needle and thread, or some fine yarn, if the holes in your lace doily are big enough.
4. You may need to experiment a bit to get the tension right – but the best results happen when you sew a few stitches at a time at opposite points around the doily.
5. This is the fun bit – decorating! We used old earrings, sequins, necklaces ribbon and lace – get creative!