One of my favorite ways to decorate is to bring attention to antique works of art or collections. Not the works of famous painters or artists but the everyday items that are now a refection of years gone by. There was a day when almost all ladies, would crochet little doilies. My mother told me that my grandmother would use the thread from flour sacks and my grandmother’s generation didn’t throw anything away, they found a use for it. I do have several gorgeous little doilies that my grandmother made and the work is so very delicate and I’m amazed the amount of time, just one of these doilies would take to compete. As I comb antique stores, I am always on the look-out for doilies. Most of the ones, I find are not over $5 and it’s sad, in a way, that these works of art are not as valued as they should be. Of course $5 in my grandmother’s time was a high price.
But anyway, all these little doilies bring me great pleasure and when I see them, I can imagine all the hours sitting in the parlor or on the porch and the crochet hook flashing in the light as these tiny little stitches were made.
Displaying these items around my home allows me to see them everyday and appreciate them. Artwork in however form you like should bring you pleasure and that’s decorating to me!
This was an easy project that could be done in 30 minutes or less. I took a regular frame with a wide border to display these doilies. I cut out a piece of burlap a little larger than the glass on the frame to use as a background. I turned the frame, face side down and removed the back. I laid out the doilies in a pleasing design and placed the piece of burlap over them. Then I replace the back and secured it. I didn’t have to secure the doilies in the frame, the back holds it so tight, they stay in place.
I didn’t even hem the burlap and since it will be hanging on the wall, I don’t believe it will fray.
So just keep your eyes open for doilies or if you are lucky, pull some family crochet doilies out and display them. You could use burlap like I did or even a material or paper color coordinating with your other room decor. I used three just because I like groups of three but you could use only one or several.
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