Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Doily Snowflakes - Photo Tutorial


Would you believe that this decoration took less than 5 minutes to make???

I promise you, it did!

You'll need an old doily, scissors, PVA glue and a piece of string for hanging:

So I started with this old doily which had a small tear in it. It could probably have been mended, but I wasn't going to use it anyway.


First you cut out your motif.

I felt positively evil doing this... it just felt SO WRONG to cut into a piece of crochet like that!

At any moment I expected my first grade teacher to appear, and revoke my Scissors License.


Next make up a 50:50 mix of PVA glue and water. You can get it all over the table like I did, but it's not really necessary.


Pop your motif into the mix


And swish it around with your fingers.

Yes - just dip your fingers right in there, I did... and now my camera is covered in glue spots!


Squeeze out the excess glue, and lay the motif on a flat surface... I used the lid from a plastic container.

Use your fingers to shape the motif neatly, then leave it to dry.


I was impatient, so I took the tray outside and left it in the sunshine so that it would dry more quickly. Probably not the best idea. It was a windy day, so I ended up with all sorts of unidentified flying objects stuck on my snowflakes.

I do like the way they kind of look like a tray of cookies... Or maybe I'm just hungry...


Once dry, you just need to tie a piece of string at the top, and the job is done:


Too easy.



sooz said...

That's so clever, I would never have thought of doing something like that! Thanks for the idea!

Sue xx said...

really lovely....once you get past the cutting the doily bit lol

coffeee/ Sue

Anonymous said...

Someone spent endless hours making that beautiful doily and you just cut it up. Horrible.

CrochetSheil said...

Horrible. what would you feel if someone cuts up your work

Billie said...

OMG!!! Do you have ANY kind of respect!!! You don't do this to someone's hard work!!! EVER.

laughing purple goldfish said...

Yes. Shame on me.

I took an old torn doily, and instead of tossing it in the trash - I turned it into something my family will use for years and years to come.

Personally, I'd be DELIGHTED if someone saved my work from the trash, and recreated it into something they would use.

Anonymous said...

it's a matter of perspective. some people would try to repair it to save it, some would just cut it up into pieces. post wouldve been great if you turned it into a blog about repairing a loved doily. Understand that crocheters would cringe at the mere sight of someone cutting up a work of art better to save it like mend it. and if youre not goin to use it, then give it to someone who would cherish it. my point of view. but hey its your blog

Anonymous said...

There are thousands of pieces of artwork in thrift stores around this country. Luckily many of these pieces are bought and repurposed and given a new life, just like these pretty doily snowflakes.
Chill out, people! Even if you don't agree, Anonymous #1, CrochetSheil, and Billie, you don't have to be so rude!

Anonymous said...

I think it's a fabulous idea and I want to do it myself. I agree with the previous 'anonymous' above. There are more things in this world that deserve the label "horrible" than cutting up a (possibly) mass-produced doily. It's called upcycling, and it's a GOOD thing.

Anonymous said...

This totally makes me want to go find old doilies at thrift stores now! Very cute idea!

Anonymous said...

This makes me sad. Crocheters everywhere cry.

Anonymous said...

So glad I ran across this post. I have just cleaned out an elderly relative's home and now have two huge bins full of lace items my great AND great-great grandmothers crocheted. My mother and aunts (who are in their 80s) said they didn't' want to keep them. So many of them are in bad shape, stained, torn, moth-eaten, etc. But even though they didn't want to save the items, they had so many stories of watching, and helping their grandmother & great grandmother crochet, I just didn't have the heart to put it all in the garbage. I am going to take the pieces which are in the poorest condition and make ornaments to share with the family. I know everyone will be thrilled to have a piece of our family history to hang on their tree this year! The art and hard work lives on, and I know it would make me so happy to think that someday my great-great granddaughter might cherish my handiwork enough to repurpose it into something that a new genertion would appreciate for years to come.

Anonymous said...

for those of us who make doilies... so hard to see that cut up. I'd prefer to make several new starters for one to work with.

Roberta said...

Thanks for the idea. I have a tablecloth that belonged to my great-grandmother, but it is horribly torn. I think I will make some of these for my sister, her children and my children as a memento.

Anonymous said...

Horrible. Worse than cutting up a book to make a craft. Just think how you would feel if someone came across your Jodi doll many years from now and cut off her head for a project. Somebody took time out of their life to make that doily and was proud of it.

Anonymous said...

I agree!. Chill out. Love these snowflakes. And they now give pleasure and the crochet has still been saved if you think about it.

Unknown said...

Totally agree. People need to chill out. At least she repurposed it. I would love it if something I made got messed up or so old and then repurosed to keep it around in another manner. Great job and love the idea...

Anonymous said...

People are sooooooo sensitive these days....I think they are lovely...good upcycle!