Saturday, June 30, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 30

UFO. Un-Finished Object. Not sure why this didn't get finished. It's still cool. (Shhhh, don't tell it but I might unravel it and use the thread for something else. Shhhhhhh)

Friday, June 29, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 29

This vintage doily is supposed to be starched to within an inch of its life. A ruffle edge doily to be exact. Not sure where I got it but I'm sure it was the colors that attracted me.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 28

I remember getting this pattern book from the Watseka Walmart. Had to be early to mid 1990s.

This is one of a pair I made for my mom for her bed. She sewed them onto pillow covers. She used them in Rossville IL, Dandridge and Gatlinburg TN and Chicago. You will see another one in a darker shade sometime down the line.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 27

An oldie but goodie. My sister just gave this one back to me. I made it back in the 80s right after I learned to crochet. The colors hurt my eyes now lol.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 26

Not sure where this one came from but I am guessing it was destined to be a pot holder. I like this a lot. Pink is my favorite that tune.

Monday, June 25, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 25

I know (I think) that I made this one at some point. It has the hallmarks of my work at least. *Sigh*. I wish I had the space to starch all these old things out properly.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 24

This was a part of a larger set I made for someone back in the 90's. Can't remember who or where, just that I made them then she backed out of the deal. Where did the other pieces go? Did I sell them to someone else? Did they disappear in the great farm escape of 2003? The world may never know.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 23

A pair of doilies I got for free at a yard sale in Colorado Springs, probably because they were discolored. I bet my daughter the laundry queen could brighten them up if she wanted to.

They were most likely used on the arms of chairs.

Friday, June 22, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 22

This one is made from that really nice thread too. I have made this pattern in all sorts of thread sizes. It lends itself well to that. Smallish about 10" across.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 21

This little beauty is from my haul from the estate thing in Rankin back in the 90's. Very high end mercerized threads. Absolutely yummy. I wish I could find more thread like that. Talk about your motivation!

The center is a lighter ecru.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 20

And the fun just keeps on going!!!

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade colored doilies, that's what I always say. (ha) Much brighter than lemonade, I got this one at a thrift store somewhere. Or maybe a yard sale. Maybe it was an auction. Oh the joys of growing old.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 19

An interesting pair of motif based doilies. I am going to go out on a limb and say that MAYBE my Great Gramma Karrick made these. I know I didn't.

Monday, June 18, 2012

100 Days of Doilies day 18

Hurrah for square doilies! Double hurrah for filet crochet! That being said, I have NO CLUE where this one came from. Totally vintage though.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 17

The infamous Cluster Stitch Doily. I first attempted this pattern way back in 1982. I think I still have that doily. You may see it here soon. Anyways.... this doily shown is also from the Japanese thread score. I no longer own this though as Deanna gave it to her mother-in-law for the December gift giving thing. It lives on her mantle. I made one just like it for my landlord back in Colorado too. It makes a good gift, it does, it does.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 16

Another Pineapple Panolpy. This one is made from some Japanese thread size 40 I bought at Goodwill in Old Colorado City. Mine mine mine mine mine! I bought a bunch. Still have a bunch left. Must crochet faster.

Friday, June 15, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 15

Wow, Blast from the Past! I made this sometime in the 90s out on the farm in Cissna Park, Il. I got the dark blue thread in Rankin from someone's mother's estate. I think I got the pattern in a magazine from the Paxton Library. Wow...long time ago.

This lives on my daughter's dresser.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 14

I did not make this doily, I bought it at the 136 Resale Shop here in Rantoul. I love it. (Well duh of course I do!) It lives on the washstand under my sewing machine.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 13

Big Purple Pretty Baby. Elizabeth Hiddleson pattern. I bought this yarn/thread on clearance at Hobby Lobby when I first moved to Colorado. It was real purdy but I had no clue what to do with it until I decided to make this doily. I use this as the cover pic for my Facebook page for Rebecca's Needle artistry. You can "like" me over there>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 12

Oh Look! It's Mimosa again....this time in all white. I worked on this one in December 2011 while I was keeping an eye on the food table at the Pertan Appreciation Brunch.

Monday, June 11, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 11

This is the other green doily I made from the same ball as the day 10 doily. I love this pattern. I love this color. I love my doilies. It's a love affair to remember.

The pattern is called Pineapple Panoply from Elizabeth Hiddleson. Did I misspell her name before? Hmmmmm.

 I have made several of these. By several I mean probably 20 or so. Seriously.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 10

Green. I love this green! I was told not to wear it next to my face anymore but I still love it. This is from some thread I bought at the Yarn Outlet on 8th St in Colorado Springs for $1. Yes, $1. And I made two doilies from one ball. Woot! Come to think of it I sold two doilies this color a few years back. Woot again!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 9

A sweet little doily in a pattern I used a lot back in the mid 90's. Thread from Karen at Library.

I'm sending this one to a friend in Ohio. (After I starch it, duh)

Friday, June 8, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 8

And now for something totally different lol! Ever seen a giraffe doily? Yeah, I hadn't either but I did a search for free doily patterns and there it was. Had to do it.

Still stash busting so pulled out all my crochet threads I drug with me from Colorado. Found suitable thread. Started doily. Ran out of thread (of course). Rummaged in stash for yarn I knew I had (dark part) Ran out of yarn. Broke down and bought other thread at Walmart. Took months to finish due to  billions of little giraffes around edge. Finally finished it up at oldest son's house in April WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!

Yes, yes.... it needs starched, get off my butt already.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 7

Ahhhhhh, the knitted doily! I made this on in Colorado in 2007. One of the ladies I knit with at Knitter's Kove wanted to try the technique and had some extra cotton yarn to share with me. I did a small one first then this one using vintage steel circular needles size 3. NEVER AGAIN!!! Let me repeat that....NEVER AGAIN!!!!

I took it to my mom in Chicago when she was in rehab after dehydrating due to chemo treatments. When she moved in with me I stretched it on a doily board and hung it in her room. (She died 6 weeks later) It stayed there until I took it down last October and brought it with me to Ranucky. It has lived several places here in my little pink room. I love it though I hate it. Clear as mud right?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 6

This doily is called Mimosa. It's an Elizabeth Hiddleston pattern and I have probably made 1000, 500, 100, okay, 25-30 of these over the years. I used up some more of the ecru thread, actually the one I bought to finish the long pineapple shown on day 3. But of course I ran out and had to use white for the edge. I rather like it. It's 24" across.

I worked on this in Springfield, Il at a conference I was working the registration desk at. I couldn't hear much of what my boss was saying that day but I learned a lot about how the school admins in the next conference room down are using social networks like Twitter and Facebook to keep parents and students informed (Boy do their voices carry lol)

The people attending our conference without fail stopped to comment on my industriousness. And to tell me their mom/grandmother/aunt crocheted. Only one other person actually crocheted but she uses yarn.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 5

I made this doily back in 2004-2005ish. Probably the last one I did before I moved to Colorado. It's a fine size 30 thread so I probably used a 10 or 12 steel hook. Again, this is a favorite pattern. I wish I knew where I put it.

This one lives on the back of a washstand that came from my dad's side of the family.

Monday, June 4, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 4

Another little stash buster doily done here in 2012. It's 8' across. I made myself not stress about the few ecru stitches in with the white. I mean seriously would Amish women stress about it? Wait...Do they even use doilies?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 3

Today's doily teaches us several things. First, while it's okay to use up your stash, sometimes you will run out of thread. Secondly, the thread you use to finish might or not match lol! Lastly, vintage patterns ROCK!!!!

This was one of the very first patterns I ever learned to make. I found it in a 1955 or 56 Workbasket magazine. It remains one of my favorites.

Quite large, measures 29" long and 16" wide.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 2

A small doily I made here in Rantoul with vintage thread Karen gave me at the first Yarn and Yak I went to at the Rantoul Public Library.

This was larger Speed Cro-sheen so I used a size 0 hook.

Friday, June 1, 2012

100 Days of Doilies Day 1

Welcome to my new endeavor! I am going to (try) to post 100 of my doilies in 100 days. Most I have made , some I didn't. Some are stained, some need starched, all are beautiful in their own way.

Doily #1 is near and dear to my heart and lives on the back of my computer chair. I made it when I was but a wee lassie living south of Naples FL on the edge of the Everglades in about 1983-1984. I used tatting cotton and a size 14 steel hook which is about the smallest one they make. I won Best Of Show with it in the Collier Co Fair the year my youngest son was born. Excuse the stains, it's had a long hard life.