Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Doiley Revival!

I have decided that I am spearheading the doiley revival!
Doileys have had some bad press over the last few years. Minimalism has seen them eliminated from stylish homes. Well, I love moderation. We don't have to go back to the cluttered doiley overload of the 80s.

What has this got to do with knitting and fashion?, you might say. Well, I also love crochet, and have a huge admiration for needlecrafts in general . One of my most prized books is the 1885 "Young Ladies' Journal Complete Guide to the Work-Table" (1885; London). It shows you how to do all kinds of almost obsolete arts, such as netting, Guipure lace making, Berlin work and loads of others. I love to browse antique stores that deal with old linen and lace. I admire the time and skill women put into their "fancy work".

Instructions for making Guipure lace.
 A really interesting book to read for those interested in women's handcrafts in Australia over the last 200 years is "The Gentle Arts: 200 Years of Australian Women's Domestic and Decorative Arts," by Jennifer Isaacs. ( 1987, Willoughby; Lansdowne Press). It's a lavishly illustrated work, in which the author looks at the various categories of "plain and fancy work". Some impressive examples of Australian women's work are pictured.

So, I have discovered that a restrained use of well chosen doileys blends well with my ethnic inspired decor.
Point Lace, and bobbin lace making

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