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Trendwatch: Doilies

Doilies are back in the forefront of trends these days.  No longer solely used by our grandmothers for displaying on a table or on a shelf under knickknacks, doilies are being used in many new and creative ways. 

Photo above by Ravenhill Designs

In the world of home decor, crocheted doilies are being sewn into curtains, spray painted, made as decals for adhering to a wall, created into garlands, and lots more.  In the fashion realm we see doilies being sewn into clothing, being used in jewelry making and other methods of adornmnent.  In paper crafting and scrapbooking, we see doilies being used as part of a background to a layout, cut in half and used on the cover of a mini book.  Digital scrapbookers are also using doilies in a variety of creative ways.

Here are some ideas found around the web:

The parcel, below, was decorated by das kaninchen.  I also love her toadstools, also shown below. Check out her Etsy shop here for lots of unique shopping ideas.

Kayte Terry, from This is Love Forever, made the collage shown below using a hand-dyed vintage doilie.  Kayte has an Etsy shop here.

You can make tags out of doilies and secure them with a bead as shown by Design Mein here.

The doily garland shown below is from The Long Thread.

Look at this cutie wearing an outfit featuring Gocco printed doilies.

The doily dress cards shown below are by Fly Missy.

Doily bowls, by Dottie Angel, are shown below.

Journals by Kara Haupt, shown below.

The skirt with a doily on it, shown below, is available from Mariansmale's Etsy shop.

Sources for Doilies:

Paper Doilies – Look at the wedding supply section of your local craft store.  Party supply stores also have paper doilies as do dollar stores.  Also, look online for paper doilies.

Crocheted Doilies – Handmade crocheted doilies are real treasures and may be a little more difficult to come by.  You can find some online, but also take a look for vintage doilies in church bazaars, flea markets and thrift shops.  If you're lucky enough to know someone who can make them then you're all set!  Or, maybe your mother or grandmother may have some extras kicking around.

Digital Doilies – There are many online digital resources for doilies.  We've listed a few below.

The firest doily brush set, shown below, is available from ScrapGirls.

Another set of digital doilies can be found at Becky's Scrap.  Shown below.

Many more digital doilies can be found at Rachael's Scraps.  One photo is shown below.

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  1. November 10th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Another great blog today!
    Thanks for keeping me updated.

  2. Yolanda B.
    November 10th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Thanks for the update. I don’t crochet but I have used my Mom’s doilies in my LO.

  3. November 10th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    I just did a paper mache self portrait and edged it with a lace collar that I had cut off of an Laura Ashley dress.
    Love all of your ideas.

  4. November 10th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    In Love! Thank you for sharing all the inspiration & links.

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