Do you have a bunch of doilies that you have collected or inherited? Doilies were once a staple of home decor, under every vase and candy dish in the house. They protected the table surface and looked pretty at the same time.
Doilies originated around the mid-1800’s which is when mercerised cotton thread was first created (by John Mercer). The process of mercerisation made thread stronger and more lustrous. This made it possible to crochet intricate designs.
A new Victorian housewife was expected to have dozens of doilies in her hope chest to set up home. In Anne of Green Gables, written in 1908, the character Diana Barry says to Anne “Myra Gillis had 37 doilies when she got married, and I’m determined to have AT LEAST as many as she had”.
At some point in the twentieth century Doilies become unfashionable (although some of us always liked them), but now they’re back!
Doilies have become not only fashionable again, but they’ve proven to be a great starting point for some really pretty clothing accessories and home decor craft projects. Not so sure? Check out our Doilies and Lace Pinterest Board.
With some of these projects you may not want to use your grandmother’s doilies. Craft Warehouse carries some low-cost Cotton Doilies that can easily be dyed, sewn, or painted over.
We love the endless amount of projects you can make with doilies. These are some of our favorites.