January 13, 2011

Doily Picture

Vintage Inspiration III









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(1875-1950)
She was my grandmother. And like a great many women of her time, she knew how to crochet.
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(1897-1985)
She was my aunt. She could knit and crochet the most intricate pieces.

The picture below hangs in our guest bedroom. The petals (cut from a single doily) and flowers (also doilies) were crocheted by my aunt. My grandmother's pillow case edging (I think this might be tatting.) is used for the grass. The crocheted pieces have been dyed to match the decor of the room. The stems are made from double fold bias tape.

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I am linking to the following sites:
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The Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday.
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Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.
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Bargain Hunting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday.

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11 comments:

  1. What wonderful treasures you have. I have so much vintage crochet and embroidery work from my ancestors. I use them on everything.

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  2. Denise-You have created beautiful art from your handmade keepsakes! One of my grandmothers taught me to knit, but I never learned to crochet. The other grandmother made beautiful lace by tatting.I am afraid handwork may be a dying art!

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  3. What a wonderful keepsake. My grandmother crocheted and I taught myself to crochet two years ago. It's a really nice way of being creative. Thanks for stopping by my blog. As long as you don't paint the ceiling too dark of a color I don't think it will make the room look smaller. If you paint it a light shade of a color it may actually make the room look larger since it will draw your eye up. If you do paint it, take a picture and send it to me. Thanks.

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  4. This is beautiful. I can crochet but never thought to do something like this. I might give it a try one of these days. I used to have doilies everywhere but got tired of looking at them. Got rid of them. I did make an angel out of one. I had forgotten about that. Maybe I will look that up.
    QMM

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  5. What a beautiful display of work from days gone by. Love this. Happy VTT!

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  6. You never cease to amaze with all your creative ideas. This is a wonderful idea and your picture turned out beautiful. So glad you came up with this and shared.

    Punk

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  7. What a great way to display your lovely momentos. My great grandmother use to tat, and I have my tatted baby shoes. I am sure that is probably a lost art by now, unfortunately. What a beautiful job they did on those doilies.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  8. This is neat-I love things with a history-especially a family history!

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  9. I love it! What a wonderful way to display family treasures-enjoy:@)

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  10. It IS amazing how all our moms and grandmoms knew how to do this. My grandmother used to set and tat and crochet for hours...good therapy I guess, I love all the old doilies and kitchen pieces. Thanks for linking these up with VIF!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  11. This is such a clever way to display that wonderful hand work! I love this idea, and I'm so glad you linked it to Favorite Things. laurie

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