Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Oh Doily Night {Vintage Doily Christmas Tree Skirt}

For those of you who've followed my blog for any length of time, well you know I'm crazy about vintage, crocheted doilies.  And that I'm always looking for new and creative uses for upcycling my enormous stash.
My latest creation is a Retro Revival Christmas tree skirt.

For this project I cut out a 56" hexagon of muslin fabric and randomly pinned over 30 doilies onto it.
Then I meticulously hand stitched all of the doilies onto the muslin.
If you look closely at this picture, you can see the antique, lace collar I sewed around the center circle.  It fit perfectly!
I lined it with more muslin so that it's nicely finished.
I used all sorts of doily shapes in varying shades of white and ecru.  It's even prettier in person and I'm in love with it!

And bonus ~ the current issue of GreenCraft magazine loves it too!  They've featured it in a three-page spread!
Eke, I'm so excited!  Hopefully, someone else will be too ~ I've listed this heirloom-quality beauty in my Etsy shop and it's ready for shipping.
Hope you all have a creative day!


Betty Lou said...

This is so pretty, Cindy, so victorian and would look beautiful in any home. Love the different aged colors of the doilies.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You have amazing patience to hand stitch that tree skirt. Congrats on the magazine coverage!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Oh what a lovely and wonderful idea! Congrats on being published! ♥

Michaele said...

Oh I am so glad you didn't keep this to yourself. So many people can now admire and be inspired!

SizzleandZoom said...

Wow, this is simply beautiful and you got featured in a magazine. I'm not surprised but I am very happy for you. Good reason to check out your etsy shop, again.

madelein said...

Absolutely beautyful!!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh it is so lovely. Glad you shared it and congrats on being featured too. I personally like seeing all the different ways doilies are used now days. I was at a yard sale last year; and the owners asked if I was looking for anything in particular. I said, well, do you have any doilies or handcrafted linens? The lady jumped out of her chair and came over to me and said, "no, I don't have any except a stack of things here" (not what I was looking for) ...and then she said, "Can I ask, what do you want them for?" I said,"well, I collect them and use them. I sometimes craft with ones that are irreparable and I lay the others out on shelves." She told me she was surprised. She didn't think people were interested in that sort of thing anymore. ...And she was pretty young! Like 58-60 ish.
I was just as surprised at her response. :) Pat

Perfectly Printed said...

What a lovely piece of handwork! I can only imagine how much work went into creating this!!

Colleen said...

This tree skirt is so very pretty! Congratulations of the magazine feature too!

Amy Jo said...

It is so beautiful!!! How exciting to be published. I am going over to your website to check it out.

Amy Jo

Marlynne said...

Lovely Idea!