To make an heirloom picture, I bought a large frame from a garage sale, a doily that was in my family and rather fragile, and a sheet of blue (you can use any color, that matches your decor) and mount the doily (hanky, etc) and you have a beautiful memory to hang on your wall.
Source: I've seen them in stores and they are very expensive
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I recently received a box full of hand-crochet doilies that my grandmother made. Any ideas what I can do with them?
JoAnne from Bushnell, FL
If any are particularly unique, I would frame them either separately or 3 or 4 in the frame.
Be sure to store several safely for when your children are grown. Guaranteed, they will appreciate and treasure them when they are adults.
Doilies make wonderful coverlets or bedspreads. Find a pleasing combination of the same shape (round looks particularly good). Handsew them in rows and then sew the rows together to fit the bed you have in mind. Alternatively, make panels to use as curtains. Smaller ones make lovely sachets. Cut 2 pieces of thin cotton (I use a lightweight muslin) slightly smaller than the doily. Fill loosely with potpourri and sew closed. Sandwich this little pillow between two doilies of the same size. Weave thin ribbon around the doilies, going through both doilies with it and tie a small bow at the top. Put it in your closet or drawer to freshen there or if u use lavender, put it between your pillow and pillowcase for sweet dreams.
Along with other wonderful items from my grandmother, my family also has a collection of doilies. My mom has used many of them to make collages. Some included special cards, jewelry, pictures, etc. Some are put in antique box frames and others are in regular frames, depending on the thickness of the items. We were sure to put the collages together in ways that we can change them in the future.
I bought a brass ring to fit and whip stitched mine to the ring. I then hung it on my bedroom door.
Doilies can be used to protect furniture, to accent gift wrap, or in a variety of crafts. This page is about different uses for doilies.
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