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My Mother-in-Law's doilies

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Thought I would share this pic.

My late MIL crocheted doilies constantly - up to the day she passed away in July 2001.
Near the end of her life, she was in a lot of pain from osteoporosis, but if her pain killers prevented her from being able to do the calculations required to ensure even increments, she asked to have her meds reduced.

I have many of these, all different. For Christmas, I decided to have three of them framed for myself and my two daughters, hoping that the daughters will treasure this memento of their grandmother.


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Pioneer, CA

How wonderful! Your MIL would be so happy to know that her work is treasured so. I've gone to garage sales and actually bought beautiful hand made treasures that family members didn't care about, so sad.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Well that's sort of what I figured might happen if I didn't frame some of them. Even so, I have many more than I can realistically use.


Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Beautifully made. What a nice Christmas gift for your daughters. Lucky girls!

Mequon, WI(Zone 4b)

Just gorgeous!

Orangeville, ON(Zone 4b)

Ann, what a great way to display your MIL's creations! I can see that she excelled in her crocheting as each round is perfect! I do appreciate seeing good crochet like this and have one table runner & 2 doilies from my Grandmother who can no longer perform needlework due crippling arthritis.

Thanks for sharing!


Wimauma, FL(Zone 9b)


San Jose, CA(Zone 9b)

Oh, how beautiful. Thank you for framing these for you and your daughters, and thank you for showing them to us!!

Danvers, MA

Beautiful! I hope your daughters are enjoying their doilies!

My Grandmother finished her first doiley when she was 14. It sat in a drawer for years.

My mother took it out of the drawer and framed it. It has been in her living room now for at least 15 years. It's one of the first things you see when you walk in the door.

This is the only picture I could find of it.

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Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

My dear late mother used to make wonderful doilies and table cloths. I never really appreciated the beauty of them till it was too late. I gave many away and alot just got lost in time. Now that I do alot of the needlework myself I can appreciate all the hard work and time that went into each piece. I don't have any of hers but I am working on making memories for my daughters and trying to instill upon them how precious they will be. My baby is 39 and my oldest is 43. All girls and not one of them does needlework or even sews. I guess its just not a priority for them. I remember once even asking my oldest daughter when I went to visit where there was a fabric store. She looked at me like I had bugs crawling out my ears and said, " Mom, no one sews anymore." I guess I just didn't teach them right. But then they would rather buy then sew, so let them.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Shan71 - that's a gorgeous doily.


Fredericksburg, VA(Zone 7b)

Those are stunning. Beautiful work. It's almost a lost art form anymore, sadly.

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Hi, Thanks for the great idea of framing the crocheted doilies! My mom made me so many! Now I know what to do with some of the more beautiful ones. Any suggestions on how to prepare them for framing? Washing? Starching? What to use for tacking them down? Thanks again!

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

I'm afraid I took mine to a good framing shop and let the pros deal with them.


Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

I made these heirloom looking doilies for my very modern LR furniture and use them to protect the precious wood. I use doilies for protection on BR as well

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Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

a closeup

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San Jose, CA(Zone 9b)

That's beautiful, ViolaAnn, and I'm so happy more folks finding needlework worthy of framing as fine art, something wonderful to see every day. I like it on the furniture, too, Helenethequeen !

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