Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What Inspires Me: Crochet Doilies

A storefront on Valencia with crocheted doilies displayed in embroidery hoops got me thinking of ways these delicate designs could be used at an event. Shannon South's vintage doily lamp, which I featured in a January 2011 My Favorite Things post, immediately came to mind.
The Finds (top left clockwise): Handmade dress designed by the bride Jillian, spotted on 100 Layer Cake; Details designed by bride and groom, Laura and Dan, spotted on Love My Dress; Red Crochet Doilies made by the bride Lucy and her mother, spotted on Ruffled; Styled by GATHER Events and Occasions, spotted on Green Wedding Shoes; Save the Date designed by Danni of Oh Hello Friend, spotted on 100 Layer Cake.

So besides being used for wall hangings or lighting or in centerpieces on tables, I wanted to see if there were any daring or nontraditional uses of crocheted doilies: one bride combined doilies for her wedding dress; a stationer used pieces of doilies on a Save the Date; and one bride changed up the color of the doilies, selecting red. Doilies are an inexpensive way to add a vintage touch to an event, ranging in price from 75 cents to a dollar on eBay.
Which do you prefer: Doilies or Lace?
Ciao Bella!
Credits: From top left clockwise, images taken by Gia Canali, Sassy of Assassynation Photography, Nickel Images, Leah Lee Photography, and Danni of Oh Hello Friend. Collage created by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.
What Inspires Me is a monthly series, published on the third Wednesday of each month. Posts prior to April 2011 are available at A Timeless Affair - Inspiration for Vintage Weddings.