Dea and I go back more than 10 years ago when we met on a wonderful online support group for Fibromyalgia. What this lady does with thread is amazing - jewelry, decor, lighting and more. I can assure you, you'll never look at doilies the same again. So without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to the lady herself, Dea Cheek!
Hello Everyone! I'm happy to be here visiting at Beez Rental Designs! I hope I'll tickle your creative bone when it comes to doilies. It seems that whenever I post a photo of one of my crochet doilies, I get replies like, “Oh, that is a lost art,” and, “I still have some of my grandmother’s doilies.” Doilies are so beautiful, and the sight of them often brings back fond memories. Our grandmothers had a doily under every single lamp, knick knack, or anything else that could sit on a table. In our grandmother’s day, she had the wide choice of either ecru or white cotton threads to create her doilies with. But they sure made up for the lack of color with an amazing array of patterns, though. I still love to work with vintage patterns!
|Vintage Delsie Rhoades Pattern|
|Patricia Kristoffersen Pattern|
|5 1/4 Inches in Egyptian Cotton|
However, doilies can be used for so much more than table décor. They are gorgeous in a frame, as seen above, and they can also be locked into an embroidery hoop to use as a wall hanging. One of my favorite items I've seen lately was @ Crafts by Amanda. She took mason jars with a doily glued to the front and a little battery tea lite candle inside - absolutely beautiful! The light threw the doily pattern all over the room!
If you think about it, you can use doilies in all sorts of decor. Notice below I created a beautiful Crochet Baby Bunting Pennant with different size doilies and a crocheted rope.
Check this out from Glamour and Grace, little doilies lanterns. Small doilies made into balls and stiffened with fabric stiffener, and these had a little tea lite under them and were placed in clusters with silk flowers woven between them. How's that for a centerpiece!
Below is a much larger hanging lamp found @ Shannon South. The shadows on the ceiling are unbelievable.
I recently saw a shop with handmade pottery plates that had a doily pattern pressed into them before they were fired. Folks are stiffening them and hanging them from ribbon as sun catchers in a window. I even stiffen doilies and make earrings and necklaces from them!
|Soft Sparkling Ice Bamboo|
|Necklace with beads and rosebud.|
So if you haven’t seen a doily since you were at your grandmother’s house in 1901, check out the wonderful new styles, colors, , fibers, and creative works of art using crochet doilies, and I’ll bet you have a few doilies in your you know it!
|From 99 Little Doilies By Patricia Kristoffersen|
All photos are doilies created by Dea and can be found in my Etsy Shop.
My friend is a bit shy when it comes to talking about herself, so I'll tell you a little more of the lady behind the doily. lol Dea is a true thread artist but she also has other passions. For one, she's an avid gardener and with a hubby who's a landscaper you can imagine the goodies he brings home to her like these beautiful stones.
Isn't this hanging basket cute?
She also has a love for her fur babies. What a loving odd couple. lol
And did I mention she's a Tennessee girl with some serious skills in the kitchen too!
German Chocolate Cheesecake, yummy!
Thanks so much Dea, for coming by and sharing your art and waking us up to the new world of Doilies!
Before we said goodbye I just had to show you this choker Dea created and honored me with it's name. : -)
|The 'Barbe' Choker!|
Hope you all enjoyed this creative 'thread', pun intended! lol Look forward to seeing you at Frugal Treasures Tuesday party starting this evening at 7pm.