By Alison August 4, 2005 6 Comments 2 Min Read


Have I mentioned my doillie obsession? I’ve got them coming out of my ears which is a good job, because while they might not be to everybodys taste, I adore them. (If they are good enough for Elvis!!) The skill involved! The pretty colours! The crocheted little pansies! The old lady factor!

Up until last week I had a good supplier: the cutest, wrinkliest little old man, who used to stash them on his stall for me, but to my horror, when I got there last week, he informed me in the thickest Bolton drawl you ever did hear:

"Can’t get em, for love, nor money…"

Now you wouldn’t guess it by looking at him, but this is a man with his finger on the pulse of all that is shabby, and he went on to inform me that doillies are "in" with the very crowd that wouldn’t have sneezed on them a few months ago.

Woe is me.

A quick scout through some of the cooler house magazines revealed doillies where there have never been doillies before and I want to cry, so I am on a mission: I am celebrating the doillies finest hour with this list of fabulous doillie ideas, and I want every single one of you to take tea from a china cup resting on your prettiest little doillie this afternoon…

Delicious Doillies:

Aside from using them for all manner of crockery resting purposes, I’ve got them in the bathroom and the bedroom, and they decorate my kitchen a treat: looking particularly divine under my kitchen herbs…

Thread them on to ribbon and string across your windows so the sun makes pretty patterns on your walls.

Sew together to make tablemats.

Use them in the fridge (Who doesn’t want a pretty fridge?)

Stitch two the same together and stuff with lavender.

Scrunch them up to make gorgeous crocheted roses.

Wrap soap in them and display in a bowl in the bathroom.

Save them to decorate your tree at Christmas.

Wrap presents in them.

Thread ribbon around their edges and pull together to make pretty drawstring gift bags.

String them up and use them as curtain tiebacks.

Wrap tiny little cakes in them on a party table.

Use as jam jar covers.

Use as shelf trims.

Use soft ones as napkins at the table.


Me? I’m going to make a wall of these pretties framed in gilt and hang them on the stairs

One more job for puttering Thursday.

***This article originally appeared on The HouseKeepers Gazette.***


  1. Maggie Ann says:

    I have always enjoyed the beauty and hominess of doilies. My grandmother and aunt most always had an intricate doily in progress on thier coffetable. Hey, that was the life, no man in the house,(the former being my impression as a growing girl,just visiting Grandma) good novels and needlework always on the coffetable ,not forgetting thier endless cups of coffe and filled candy dishs, with homemade bread and pies all over the kitchen. You sparked some memories here!

  2. nono says:

    Holy Crap Batman! you guys are stuck in the 50's!!

  3. Sandy says:

    Your doilies are just yummy!

  4. LeAnna says:

    I have been on a serious doily crocheting kick recently. I think I've made 5 in the last month along, 10 or more in the last year…mostly from vintage crochet patterns. They are taking over the house. Which is not a bad thing. I've even made a swan doily (very 3 D…)

  5. judy says:

    I love doilies.
    I have them everywhere.
    One of my favorite doily doings is to lift them up and see the snow-flake like dust left underneath.
    Occasionally, my slovenly housekeeping provides me with a wee bit of beauty.

  6. toots says:

    doillies are also extremely isful when you run out of toilet roll

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