Thursday, March 26, 2009

DIY - vintage doilies

check out these fabulous ideas from country living using vintage doilies. Above, create this gorgeous one of a kind vase by simply tightly wrapping a doily around a vase. Snip away any excess, then hand-stitch the doily securely in place to create a snug fit.

Or this starched doily basket - To shape a basket, soak a doily in liquid starch, squeeze out excess, and place doily over an inverted glass bowl covered in waxed paper. Dry one to three days, depending on humidity.

Even when doilies are imperfect, their intricate finery shines through. Stitch little favorites end to end to create a band, then slip it tightly around a bowl. Clear glass lets light pass through the handiwork.

For the lamp shade, remove the original fabric, leaving only the frame. Pin small doilies around the top, and then to one another, for a skirt like effect. Remove pinned doilies. Machine-stitch together. Slip "skirt" over frame; hand-stitch around frame's top.

Grandma's doilies never looked so good!

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