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« on: June 23, 2008 10:42:18 PM »

I was on a doily kick for a while. Now I've moved on to potholders. Guess I needed the instant gratification of little easy potholders. Anyway, here are a few doilies. The third one is the one I'm most proud of. It's very heavily textured. The second doily pictured (with the little hearts) was a free one online but I modified it a little because the directions were wonky.
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2008 12:44:41 AM »

Pretty; inspiration for me to make a few.  Grin
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2008 05:16:24 AM »

Wow!  Very impressive.  I love your doilies and what a great selection.  Tlhanks for sharing.
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2008 02:03:39 PM »

Those are amazing and gorgeous. I can't make anything bigger than a small flower or motif with thread crochet. You have wonderful talent and patience.
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2008 04:36:36 PM »

those are beautiful! i did my first doily a few days ago and am hooked- i hope my next set turns out as great as yours!

« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2008 08:13:03 AM »

Pretty!!  I love the geometry and the symmetry. Did you starch and block them?  Any tips on that process?

I am working on my first size 10 thread doily, and haven't yet tried blocking any of my earlier practice doilies.  All the directions I find say to use "rust proof" needles for blocking; anyone have an idea which pins on the market are actually rust-proof?

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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2008 01:41:02 PM »

Wow!  Your doilies are incredibly beautiful.
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2008 07:34:27 AM »

These are all gorgeous and impressive.  I've made my share of doilies in my day, so I really can appreciate the time and effort that goes into making some lovely ones such as these.  The third and 5th ones are my favorite! Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2008 03:19:18 PM »

all your doilies are beautiful. great job. keep up the great work.

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2008 08:03:34 PM »

Thanks for the comments.

As for blocking and starching, I don't starch my doilies because of potential damage to surfaces they may be placed on if they happen to get wet. I've never had a need to starch. Once you've blocked the wet doily, when it dries, it keeps its shape just fine (even the 3D ones). For blocking, due to size, most of the time I can get away with using the back a modular carpet tile. The backs reseal themselves pretty well. If it's a really large doily, I use a big sheet of polystyrene insulation board (you can usually find large scraps in the dump bins at residential construction sites). For pins, I use stainless steel dissection pins. Sometimes I'll just use regular office supply t-pins, but those aren't stainless, so I have to keep an eye out for rust.

Rust-proof pins are stainless steel. What you don't generally want are nickel-plated steel pins as those will rust once the nickel plating starts to come off due to repeated use. If you're not going to use them to death, those are OK to use and quite cheap, but I prefer not to worry about it and just get stainless. I personally like t-pins over the round heads, easier for me to maneuver, so I get dissection pins. I bought mine from http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=0&idproduct=1052.
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