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Posted 6 years ago


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These are four doilies as promised. These are not from my family but were bought second hand. I am not sure of their quality and would like some comment on them. I have some other photos of the back and detail, if anyone is interested.
The fourth one of the 'crooked cross' shape is a good luck example, I believe.

"A doily (or doilie) is an ornamental mat, originally the name of a fabric made by Doiley, a 17th-century London draper. Doily earlier meant "genteel, affordable woolens", evidently from the same source.
They are crocheted and sometimes knitted out of cotton or linen thread. Openwork allows the surface of the underlying object to show through. In addition to their decorative function doilies have the practical role of protecting fine-wood furniture from the scratches caused by crockery or decorative objects.

Many patterns for crocheting or knitting doilies were published by thread manufacturers in the first part of the 20th century. The designers were often anonymous. The designs could be circular or oval starting from the center and working outward, reminiscent of the Polar coordinates system. Doilies, as well as other household items, may be made by crocheting rows on a grid pattern using a technique called filet crochet, similar to points on the Cartesian coordinate system. Although it may to some extent interfere with the original use, some doilies have raised designs (rose petals, popcorn, or ruffles) rather than being flat."

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  1. stefdesign stefdesign, 6 years ago
    My guess is the first one is tatted, not crocheted! They're all beautiful.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thank you for your comment, stefdesign.
    Can one tell whether tatting is done with needles or shuttles?
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks for your comments bellin68 and s_p. I don't believe the crooked cross is a German symbol. It moves to the left and is imperfect as well. These days I don't really use them. Rather I have Chinese wooden stands and perspex pieces. The rectangular one is a bit of a challenge for most people.
    I remember my grandmother and her sister starting at the centre of an item and with jagged movements they created these amazing mathematical designs. My mother still does crochet rugs and embroiders. Lately my sister has gotten involved as well and has taken up American-style quilting, as have many other Australian women
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks marcobabe13, scandinavian_pieces & mark too!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks BeauxPurdy!
  6. BluVamp BluVamp, 6 years ago
    Love the first two. The 1st one is tatted (awesome project inspiration), the second one is a lovely knit.
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks very much BluVamp! Not just old tat?
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks NUTSABOTAS!
    I have not seen this one in quite some time. Thanks again!
  10. Aimathena Aimathena, 4 years ago
    OMGoodness Kev, How did I miss these lovely linens?! They're so beautiful, especially the one in first photo. Love, love love.
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the love and comment.
    After a while so many things go to the bottom of the list.
    It's been a few years now on CW.
  12. Aimathena Aimathena, 4 years ago
    Maybe this time it'll get noticed by an antique/vintage linen expert ;)
  13. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 3 years ago
    These dollies are so beautiful.....Love!

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