Janet Johnson- "Bold Vintage: Doilies and Napkins"
Bold Vintage: Doilies and Napkins, 2021
Cloth napkins, hand-crocheted doilies, machine-stitched embroidery, machine-stitched lace, lace edging, men's tie
38 x 48 x 3 inches
Collecting crocheted doilies has been sort of a hobby for me, with some saved from my grandmother and some from estate sales. I imagine the hours put into making these lacy patterns from cotton threads and honor the longevity of the finished product...which I would never throw away!
In my mind, I see a small circle of women, crocheting as they gather for afternoon tea and share patterns and techniques. Two newer recycled samples show the changes from complex but soothing hand-crocheting to machine-made lace and embroidered designs from a more recent but less distinctive era.
I have also taken a fancy to almost anything bright red. While I have a large red tablecloth, which I frequently use, I do not use the matching napkins. Too much trouble to wash and iron them! In our closet, I found a red silk tie, which easily became a fine belt... although I needed help in knot-tying.
I enjoyed working on this project, especially since I did not need to purchase a single thing to make it!
Please note: Due to differences in monitor settings, colors may appear slightly different on screen than in-person.
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