Thursday, June 2, 2011

Upcycling Vintage Doilies & May Blog Giveaway Winner

*Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read about May's blog winner*

Another one of my obsessions is

Vintage, hand crocheted doilies.  I've amassed quite a collection over the years, mostly from flea markets and second hand stores and upcycled them into many things, including pillows.

I've used some of them to embellish my aprons:

And upcycled them into valentines for my family and friends:

About a year ago I stumbled upon this image from Country Living...

...and I've been itchin' to stich one myself!  Here's my first one:

I'm so in love with it!

I've listed this one on Retro Revival and Etsy.  For now, it adorns my table and I can't stop admiring it!

The various shades of creamy white and the delicate needlework make me swoon!  I think it's a beautiful blend of contemporary-clean-fresh and shabby-chic-vintage.

If you too have a stash of doilies, it was easy (though time-consuming as hand stitching always is) to create:

First, I laid out like-colored doilies on my table and played around with arranging them until I achieved a look I liked.

Then I pinned them together with safety pins.

I hand-stitched them together with white thread and a needle.

If a table runner's not your thing, take a cruise through blogville and you'll find lots of other creative ideas for upcycling your doilies.  Here a couple that make me smile:

A doily wedding dress!  Gorgeous.
(Image courtesy 100 Layer Cake)

Doily wallpaper.  Just lovely!

(Image courtesy In Bloom Event Design)

A doily pendant.  Fun!

(Image courtesy

Thank you all for your comments on my May posts!

Congratulations to Tana50.  The random generator chose YOU ~ yay!
Tana50, please email me your address so I can ship you the book.

I'm whipping up a very special ~ my MOST special giveaway YET, for this month.  Give me a few more days (it's worth it!) and I'll post the details.

LINK LOVE.  I discovered another beautiful, creative blog!  Check out Creative Carmelina.  She hand-crochetes doilies!


Retreauxgirl said...

This is a great post, the runner, dress, wallpaper, and that pendant are all to die for!! So much fun!! Hugs ~Leslie

Anonymous said...

You table runner is stunning! Great handiwork...I am such a procrastinator when it comes to this project, for some reason I keep putting it off! Maybe it's because I'm always so occupied with crocheting!

Thanks for your link! To any that wish to pop in to visit me, I extend to you a warm and welcome invitation.

Ciao Bella!


Tracy said...

OMG I think I'm in love!
The table runner is just beautiful!

Cindy said...

I am always grabbing these little darlings at garage sales..mine are mostly colored tho.Hmmm will have to put my nogin to work!!

Love the wedding dress romantic.

Okay it has been a year since I entered the last I free to enter now...please...!!!!

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

PS Ck in at my blog you might likey!!

Recycled Relix said...

I love your doily idea!! I have been collecting doily's just because I like them, not really knowing what to do with them. They have been stashed in a draw just waiting for something like this..... thank you!!

LaDonna and Diana said...

I love the doily table runner! I have several doiles tucked away...I see a new project coming!


Jingle said...

That runner is GORGEOUS!!! Awesome job! Loving the stack of doilies! I just bought a BUNCH from an antique shop and I can't wait to use them in a fun way!

Julie Harward said...

Yay for your winner! And I love the idea here, I have a drawer of them and I just might do this! :D said...

Thanks for all your feedback, ladies:) Looking forward to seeing what you all do/create with your doilies ~ should be fun!

@Cindy (Rick Rack & Gingham) ~ I'm rootin' for you! Dern Random Generator!

Into Vintage said...

How cute is that doily dress?! In an odd twist of fate, I too have the same CL pics since I am also obsessed with doilies! I work in a Doily Factory, you know. :-)

Your doily runner is gorgeous!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I love the heart you made with doilies. So sweet.

Betsy said...

*drool* I love it! I also love the concept of doilies in general but sadly, have none. Anything fabric that lays on a table, no matter how small, gets sat on by the cats and whatever object is sitting on the fabric gets pushed aside or knocked over. Sigh.

Donna said...

Your stash looks like mine ... love vintage doilies! Your tablerunner is adorable. Love the wedding dress!

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Cindy,
Thanks for sharing all of these creative ways to use vintage doilies. I love the wedding dress it is so pretty. I hearted your table runner in your Etsy store. Have a wonderful day!
Smiles, Paula

donna said...

I love dollies and your table runner is georgous. That is a great idea to display lovely dollies.

Muriel said...

i also love doilies... i started to decorate my home with full of different type of doilies... with thicker yarn and colourful ones, not only white. i have put in the kitchen, in the living room, and i find some very modern ones that i just love... if you are interested you can pop in my blog, and gives you some more inspiration ...

jakes_girl said...

My grandma taught me how to crochey when I was 9years old and have been doing it ever since. I love your ideas about the doiles! I also dont have have a lot of room for all my crafts and i have found that if i use baskets and labeled boxes i was more organized and less cluttered.

ARetroRemedy said...

I *love* that doily dress! Hmmm... perhaps they'll be one in my handmade future..

Chenille Cottage said...

Congratulations to the lovely winner!
Thank you for the incredible ideas for creations using doilies! I have so many of them...and, they should not spend their lives hidden away in drawers!
I can't choose a favorite, although, the little heart is a delight!
Thank you for your kind visit and comment on my blog, sweet friend!
Carolynn xoxo