A while back, I saw some doily bowls on Becky's blog. They reminded me of the baskets my sissy used to make 30 plus years ago, she hand crocheted them, then stiffened the fabric. I'd had a pile of doilies set aside, thinking I'd do this last Easter and never did it. I thought they'd be pretty spritzed with pastel Glimmer Mist and filled with a pretty egg.
Becky used starch to stiffen hers, I can't remember what Sis used. I chose to use school glue.
Since I wanted a narrow, basket shape, I used glasses to drape my doilies over. First, I got them good and wet, then wrung them out. Next, I squished and squeezed them in some Elmer's and simply plopped them over the glasses.
I put down a paper towel, then realized it was silly. The dripping glue might stick to a paper towel, but it wouldn't adhere to the counter top.
After letting them get partially dry, for an hour or so, I fiddled with the folds and gave the bottom (actually the top when it's done and flipped over) a nice ruffle effect.
Around the "waist" of the piece, I wove a narrow piece of lace in and out, then tied it in front and added a bit of sparkle. I'm afraid its pointing down in the photo, it needs a tweak.
Next, I lined it with an old silk hanky, and a piece of oasis foam, and turned it into a nest for one of my ravens for the upcoming Romantic Gothic Ghost class at my studio.
I was experimenting with the pattern and made a velvet raven, but I think I prefer the felted wool ones.
This is a felted one. It just seems more substantial. Plus a LOT easier to sew. I'm not much of a sewer. I can't believe I am even doing a class that involves needle and thread. But it really is quick and easy to stitch up, or I wouldn't even consider it. The velvet on the other hand, was trickier to do. I'll have some available if students prefer the elegance of a velvet raven. Anyone is probably a better sewer than I am, so it might go better for them.
But back to the doilies. Sissy had crocheted handles on hers, and used them as Easter baskets. Becky's tutorial shows hers as bowls with candles. I thought I'd try one as is, fresh from the cup I dried it on, no embellishments and they are pretty as is with candles.
Its been a long time since I had a giveaway. If you want one, leave a comment, and I'll draw a name when I get back from Indiana and my family reunion.
The one in the very first photo has a lace ribbon woven through it and a rhinestone earring added to the lace. I also lined it with a hanky, then stuck three big, millinery roses inside. I have more of the roses in packs added to the Boutique too, if you need some.
Here is a bit of what else is new in the Boutique.