Monday, January 4, 2016

Crochet Doilies - Re-loved, Repurposed

Crochet Doilies - Re-loved, Repurposed
    I used to have quite an aversion for these doilies.  When I was young, we had a plethora of these that covered every furniture surface in our house.  And, I was responsible for dusting, so you can imagine what a chore it was to remove these and anything on top of it, dust, and then return everything to their original positions.  Yuck!
   Fast forward several decades, and now I have an obsession with these.  Back then I did not appreciate the patience and skill it took to make these.  Now I wonder about the women that made these, and I think about my mom.  It was her way of adding some decoration to our modest home without spending a lot of money. 
As my collection of these doilies threatened to overtake not one but two dressers, I decided it was time to create something with them.  Hence the above bags.
   After looking at Pinterest, Etsy and Ebay and finding beautiful bags, I got inspired to make a few just to see if I could.  Voila!
   I used a store bought pattern from Joann's, upholstery samples from my fabric stash, buttons from my button stash, scraps of lace to create one of a kind bags.
   Not hard to do but a bit tedious as I had to hand stitch some of the pieces in place to anchor them.  Also, I'm a bit of a stickler for colors, textures, etc.   Assembling the right combinations that satisfied me took the longest time.
No tutorial but perhaps some inspiration to jump in and do it in 2016.  No fear.  If I can do it, anyone can do it. 

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