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Crochet Doilies-Revival?

I’ve been listing a few Crochet Doily Patterns

Vintage Crochet Doily

Vintage Crochet Doily Pattern

lately. The first thing that comes to mind when looking at these old patterns are our grandmother’s homes, which were filled with these decorative gems everywhere. Many of us associate them with old fashioned charm, but don’t see them as relevant for today’s crochet. However, what’s old becomes new again. I believe that we’re about to see a revival of the old patterns, repurposed for new uses. The same basic designs can be made into a fashion bag, or worked into a vest or sweater. So put on your thinking cap and look at these patterns in a new way.

The old crochet doily patterns are made in one of three ways:

  • Filet crochet Filet crochet is worked in panels. Panels can be joined together to make up your garment or bag project.
  • Crocheted Doily Pattern in rounds To make doilies in rounds doesn’t mean that all of them have to have a round shape. Using crocheting in rounds technique you can make doilies of different geometrical shapes: round, rectangular, square, triangle, ans etc. These can be joined to make larger items.
  • Crochet a Doily from motifs. There are no any restrictions for your creativity when you use patterns of doilies of motifs. Zillions of shapes, techniques, ways to connect motifs together, possibility to combine different materials allow you to create unique art work. Just don’t be afraid to experiment.

Inspiration for this post is due to Smart Knit Crocheting. Feel free to visit this site for more inspiration.

Remake that Funky 70s Needlepoint Kit

Recently I listed some 70s era kits, which got me to thinking about how one can get rid of those funky 70s colors and make them new and fresh with up-to-date color combinations. So I decided to play a little bit with an image to see what would happen if I changed the colors a bit. Here’s the original image.
latchhookballoons (I know not funky 70s, but I’m not that good with ArtRage yet and needed to pick something simple. So bear with me).

First I thought that changing the background color might change the image a bit. So I picked black because it gives me a blank canvas for picking different colors for the balloons.
balloonsblack
Then I decided on a pink color scheme and filled in the balloons with varying shades of pink.
balloonspink
See how it totally changes the look?

The point of this exercise is that you can pick the colors that you want and work the canvas without recoloring it. Match your home decor color scheme–create a contrast of color to pop your wall or a pillow. Use a retro color scheme from the 50s or 60s. The possiblities are endless. 

Shopping Hint:  Instead of just looking at kits on eBay or your local thrift store, look for painted canvas.  Some of the designs of painted canvases are just lovely and you don’t have to pay for all that yarn you won’t use.

And if you don’t want to stick with the same image and want to change it up a bit, look at what becky has done with a peace pillow kit. Wow! The possibilities….