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« on: February 07, 2009 01:26:28 PM »

So I've been entrusted with a ton of family heirloom doilies.  Like 30 or so.  They are all so beautiful, but honestly I'm not the doily type.  I would love to fashion them into something I'd actually display.  What good are they if they stay stuffed in the closet for the rest of eternity anyway?  Any ideas?  Most are pretty large like 12" or so.  The only thing I've come up with so far are angel wings for a doll (perhaps made from an embroidered pillowcase) and framing some of them which is still very....doily-like. 

(I do have one female cousin that I offered some of them too, the boy cousins could care less.)

« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009 02:18:59 PM »

Can you use them as a background for more modern pieces of artwork?
Also you could make large blocks for a stuffed quilt with doillies attached on random blocks. If you use very vivid color schemes like turquoise, lime green and bright pink it would set a whole different tone.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009 04:46:48 PM »

I'm picturing them dyed and sewn together like yo-yo quilts and used as curtains... Funky and a little less doily like.


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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2009 04:14:45 PM »

How about this...line them with some cool (cool being anything that strikes your fancy of course)fabric and then add a purse string/draw string and whoo hoo- a purse/bag! You could even put fun fring trim along the bottom or around the top edge for some fun !  Post pic with whatever you decide to do.

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2009 04:16:42 PM »

I just thought of something else, depending upon their shapes you could use fabric stiffner and hang them around the house at Christmas or the winter as 'victorian' snowflakes Huh?

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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2009 03:39:19 PM »

How about a starched doily bowl like this?

Or you could sew them all together, edge to edge, to make a beautiful lacy throw!
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009 03:15:41 PM »

All great ideas, thanks!  Part of me hates the thought of "defacing" the doilies even though I know they could be returned to their former state.  I need to just get over that.  I like the idea of dying them and the drawstring purses.  That doily bowl is pretty cool, upside down it looks like a lampshade.  hm. 

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