January 24th, 2009 in member junk     
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I arranged the doilies in a pattern that was pleasing to my eye and simply tacked them together with a needle and thread.
Ready, set........dinner!!
In order to funkify (not sure if that is actually a word?) it up a bit I went asymmetrical with the placement of the doilies.
Any one that knits or crochets or tats knows the amount of work that is put into making these beautiful things of the past.

I've always loved vintage lace doilies, but I like more of a contemporary style in my own home so they have never really fit into my decor. Well........I saw this idea for a table runner in one of my favorite magazines, and I knew I just had to try it.

Pattern or design used: Idea from Country Living Magazine
posted in: member junk, tabletop, table

Comments (13)

Stile writes: Another sweet project to find home for my collection of vintage doilies...thanks! Posted: 1:08 pm on May 6th
Cocalotta writes:
This is a great idea for these beautiful doiles.
I've had the same problem in that my home is more contemporary and I felt they didn't go. This would be
beautiful on my all glass table!!!
I have milk glass cream and sugar containers that I use
as vases which would add some color also.
Thank You so much! Posted: 3:07 pm on December 30th
snowyowl writes: Exceptional idea here to patchwork these different handmade doilies together. I like the use of the milk glass egg servers too with tea lights. I collect milk glass and put tea lights in them all the time. Posted: 2:28 pm on January 27th
shabbychick writes: Janis - I love your table runner - and I know there's a lot of us (I'm definitely including myself) who have a few stacks of doilies that we don't know what to do with anymore - this is wonderful! They kind of remind me of snowflakes - each one is different! Lovely!!! :)

If the doilies weren't heirlooms and a person didn't want them to be white (or someitmes you have a bunch of different shades of white) - they could be tea stained to have an even more aged look (or, I guess, dyed any color -hmmmm...).

Your style is amazing as always!


Posted: 9:31 am on January 27th
fellowjunker writes: Hi Judi
I guess you can say that I don't really take care of them at all. These particular doilies sat in a box for years...now I just hand wash them in some Woolite and hang to dry. If they are particularly messy after washing I'll just take the iron lightly to them. And I don't worry about the odd stain as I think it adds to the vintage appeal.....mind you I definitely take them off the table if we are having sphagetti!!!
Hope that helps.
xojanis Posted: 12:29 pm on January 25th
judithomas writes: Janis......One more question....How do you care for your doilies? I don't want mine to look starched and "perfect". I like the casual, effortless way yours look. Can you tell me about that process, please?

Judi Posted: 11:52 am on January 25th
fellowjunker writes: Thanks so much for the feedback my junking friends. Yes, Judi, please do come on over and we'll junk the day away!!! I added the words to the glass container and will definitely do a post on the how-to for you guys.
xojanis Posted: 11:48 am on January 25th
JunkArchitect writes: I’m not much of a doilie expert but I can truly appreciate the incredible detail that goes into making one. Your table runner creation looks fantastic and also what I can see of your dining room.
Your funkify-ing (that is a word) ability really does change a doilie into something that works with current design trends.

Jim Posted: 11:24 am on January 25th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: What a fantastic idea, Janis! The best part is you are able to keep them intact by attaching them with a simple stitch. Your funkification of the doilie is terrific!

Thanks for the great idea.
Candy Posted: 6:40 am on January 25th
judithomas writes: SweetMelissa said it very well....You "funkified" the doiley!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!!

I love also that wonderful jar.....did you buy it with the writing or did you add the writing? If you added it, how did you do it?

I would love to see a close-up of the jar, too, please!

Can I come over and look around?

Thanks so much for sharing!
Judi Posted: 12:58 am on January 25th
CottageElements writes: Janis,again, just lovely. Very creative and out of the box. Love the big jar on the table, too. What is the writing on it? Everything is just beautiful!

Lani Posted: 12:29 am on January 25th
SweetMelissa writes: This is a great idea. Lovers of the good old doily are far and few between anymore but one has to remember the work that went into them. This is a great way to repurpose, and since they're simply slipstitched together, this could be done with family heirlooms without cutting or destroying the original. I might have to dig some out of the drawer and "funkify" a runner for my table too! Posted: 10:01 pm on January 24th
georgiamoon writes: Well Janis, this is just about as darling as it gets. I like that they are in a random pattern...not so predictable and not fussy at all even though they can look that way sometimes. Really really cute, Georgia Posted: 7:48 pm on January 24th
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