Treasure Chest Thursday: Lots O’ Lace

My mom has piles of these doilies. I’m sure at one point in time, they graced the backs of couches or the tops of tables.

Now they are packed away in a trunk and unfortunately we’re not sure who made them or who they belonged to. We know that they came from my mom’s mom’s side of the family, but that’s it.

Were they made by my great-grandmother? Maybe we’ll never know.

They are still family heirlooms though.:)


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  • Tracy - October 14, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    Whoever made those did very nice work with such beautiful even stitches. I learned to crochet as a child and have made a couple of doilies so I know the amount of work involved. Those are indeed some wonderful treasures.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - October 14, 2010 - 10:56 pm

      I agree, they are beautiful. There are actually about 20 of them. I think that my mom needs to pull them out of the cedar chest and find a nice way to display them.ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - October 15, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    I have several made by my grandmother – mostly something called Tenerife lace which is done on a wooden circle with holes and later crocheted together. My mother had them framed on dark blue material with white frames. Absolutely gorgeous.

    I also have a bride’s hanky crocheted for me by my grandmother’s sister for my wedding. It is a 1-1/2 inch square of taffeta from the underskirt of my wedding dress surrounded by about 5 inches of crocheted lover’s knots. I use is as a dresser piece under glass and after my granddaughter gets married it will get framed. So far both my daughters, daughter-in-law and niece have carried it on their big day.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - October 15, 2010 - 9:04 pm

      Framing them sounds like a wonderful idea! I should do that for my mom. Maybe she’d even let me have one for my wall. :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda Gartz - April 13, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    I love these old doilies. I have inherited several, as well as hand-embroidered dresser-toppers (don’t know if that’s an official name, but it seemed every dresser 50 years ago had some lovely doily or embroidered needlework gracing it). I have them in various places in my home to enjoy: on the backs of chairs, on dressers, on cabinets. I love to look at them. I framed my grandmother’s embroidery and crocheting sampler so I can look at them every day! It was expensive, but worth it.ReplyCancel

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