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May 03, 2007

A Doilie?

So what does one do with a doilie?  I've been puzzling over this age old question -- a question becoming more urgent as my blocked doilie dries.  I absolutely, positively love knitting lace in the round and am poised to begin my next doilie -- who can resist any of these -- but my practical side is screaming, "What the hell do you need another doilie for!?".

For answers I'm turning to you, creative reader.  What would you do with a doilie?   And please, "wear it as a shawl" is not a creative answer.  I'm looking for the unusual, the outrageous, the avant garde.  Something a California gal can do in her retro-50s modern track house.  I'll end my appeal for help with a few "blocking" shots to get your creative juices flowing. 


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That is no doilie or shawl. That is a fantastic sea anemone of a bordello lampshade.

Posted by: Annie O | May 3, 2007 5:43:11 PM

Frankly, I'd just look at it admiringly, and make all who enter my home do so as well. Yours is just lovely- the darker border is so pretty! I'd say put it under a pretty vase of spring flowers?

Posted by: kelly | May 3, 2007 6:04:24 PM

I love lace but I'm not really the shawl type. Although it's not really original or avant-garde, a couple of thoughts I've had for circular lace are folding it in half and hanging it in a window--a lace curtain type of thing. Or using it over one of those round side tables with glass over the top to protect the piece.

It's beautiful no matter what you decide to do with it.

Posted by: Kim | May 3, 2007 6:24:08 PM

Do you have a little round table to drape it over?
I know, not avant garde. OK, thread stiff wire through a row about 3/4 out from center and then secure a line to the center to suspend it from the ceiling. Ta Da! Instant circular canopy.

Or use EZ's afterthought pocket trick to add sleeves and make it the frilliest bed jacket ever.

Posted by: becky c. | May 3, 2007 6:25:58 PM

Put it under a large circle of glass (bigger than the doilie) and make it a really cool table top. Or stiffen it up like crazy and make a retro wall hanging.

Posted by: Kathy | May 3, 2007 6:45:10 PM

Frame it and show it off. Attatch it to a bedspread, shower curtain or a table cloth. How big is it? No matter what you do it's georgeous.

Posted by: samantha | May 3, 2007 7:04:44 PM

Love the wall hanging idea...hang over a lamp...use as a cover for an exposed TV....draped over a foot board...window valance...framed

Posted by: Darci | May 3, 2007 7:05:07 PM

It's spectacular! I love the darker border. I think it deserves to be draped over a piano... :)

Posted by: hege | May 3, 2007 7:08:41 PM

(If you don't have one already, you need to buy a grand one for this doily!)

Posted by: hege | May 3, 2007 7:15:37 PM

I love doilies. Never thought about knitting one, but now I'm thinking. I actually have had one on my kitchen table forever (in a rather modern So. Cal house) - put pic on blog just for you, Nona!

Posted by: Jouf | May 3, 2007 7:21:29 PM

Carnage an umbrella frame and make it a parasol...

Posted by: Sockbug | May 3, 2007 7:21:30 PM

Get some heat-fusible plastic to iron on both sides of it - it's available at fabric stores, people use it to make waterproof aprons and tablecloths. Then make, not just a parasol, but an actual rain-repellent umbrella. :)

Posted by: Crafting Jen | May 3, 2007 7:30:18 PM

I like the piano idea -- that pink color looks particularly good against a dark rich wood, so keep that in mind when you buy your piano .

Posted by: anne | May 3, 2007 7:31:27 PM

If you go for the piano idea, nothing less than a grand piano will do for such a beautiful work of art!

Posted by: Rachel | May 3, 2007 7:43:37 PM

I was going to suggest the parasol idea too-especially after the lateste "surprises" on Knitty.com-check it out!! or how about stitch it down onto a luxurious, high thread count, neutral duvet cover to make a STUNNING bed cover for a nice fluffy down comforter? Just think how gorgeous that would be every nite to see when you go to bed! add your lovely "string of purl" pillows and it is knitter's heaven!

Posted by: Jody | May 3, 2007 7:57:42 PM

Two ideas for you:
Wrap the doily around a round pillow, knit another small lace doily to cover the back where the first couldn't reach, and sew the two doilies together to form pillow.
Use as a window "curtain" in bathroom for privacy, or put it in the kitchen window for a beautiful accent.
Hope that helps, the doily is so beautiful it definitely needs a purpose!

Posted by: allie | May 3, 2007 8:27:38 PM

Two ideas for you:
Wrap the doily around a round pillow, knit another small lace doily to cover the back where the first couldn't reach, and sew the two doilies together to form pillow cover.
Use as a window "curtain" in bathroom for privacy, or put it in the kitchen window for a beautiful accent.
Hope that helps, the doily is so beautiful it definitely needs a purpose!

Posted by: allie | May 3, 2007 8:28:24 PM

Hmm is there a way to rig it as a mosquito netting type canopy over a bed?

Or you could stitch it to a plain bedspread of a contrasting color..

Or starch the poop out of it and form it into some crazy bowl shape or something...

Drape it over the back seat of your car? You'd see it alot there..

oooh can you make it into a parasol? Now dude that has some serious merit in my eye...

Posted by: Lynn | May 3, 2007 8:45:34 PM

I came to suggest a parasol, but that was mentioned already. You could wear it to the Oscars, but Jennifer Garner already tried that. It didn't work so well.
(http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/go_fug_yourself/2004/09/emmy_fug_carpet_2.html)

Do you have a bird? It would make quite a luxurious cover for one of those enormous, elaborate bird cages in the type of stately home that has a conservatory.

Posted by: phoenix | May 3, 2007 9:00:44 PM

I'd get a big foam ball, put it in the center and tie it up, then hang it in the corner as the prettiest ghost ever. Or better yet, wear it over your head and go wwwooooooooooooooo!

Could you mount it in a shadow box and hang it on the wall? It's something I'd want to stare at every day.

Posted by: Liz | May 3, 2007 11:11:05 PM

Everyone else beat me to it with their creative ideas, but I thought you might enjoy looking at some lovely doilies over at Kim Salazar's String-or-Nothing blog:

http://www.wiseneedle.com/string-or-nothing/PermaLink,guid,2bfbe67f-948b-40ea-92bd-acbd6f39ba8d.aspx

Posted by: Laura | May 3, 2007 11:28:58 PM

Throw it over a wingback chair, staple it to the front door as a "Look what I made" display, sew it to a pillow, save it as a veil.

Posted by: Andrea | May 3, 2007 11:36:46 PM

It's really gorgeous and I love the colors, but I would have the same dilemma -- what the heck to do with it. Make it into a lace coracle a la Debbie New? I'll be interested to see what you decide.

Posted by: Laura | May 3, 2007 11:57:16 PM

If it's not too big, stiffen it, add a wire to hold it in shape and suspend it from. Place a lamp holder somewhere and use the "undoily" as a screen. It could work both held vertically in front of a wall applique or hanged horizontally below a suspended lamp. it will create a very mellow light (don't use a too powerful lamp or it may burn, emergy-saving lamps are perfect, though, even very bright ones).

Posted by: Typesetter | May 4, 2007 12:41:57 AM

Give it to me.

Posted by: Ann | May 4, 2007 12:43:54 AM

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