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what to do with doilies

While we were moving, I found a bag stuffed with crochet lace doilies. My friend Amy gave them to me a while back, and even though I couldn’t find a use for them, I was too much of a pack rat to toss ‘em. Boy was I glad I kept them around. Turns out they make good fodder for upcycling projects, such as this wall hoop.

I had some remnant aqua-green fabric lying around, so I mounted that onto a 12-inch embroidery hoop.


I took a circular doily, placed it onto the fabric, and started sewing. Remember the embroidery thread we used to make friendship bracelets out of in grade school? That’s mainly what I used here to sew the doily onto the fabric. Ironically, Amy also gave me a bunch of that. Maybe I should say she funded this upcycle project. Anyhow, I did a couple cross stitches here, some back stitches there, and just put color where I saw fit.

When I was done, I trimmed the excess aqua fabric and glued the whole thing to the embroidery hoop.

This is what my final looked like.


I took the doily hoop to work to decorate my cube. I’m slowly covering my wall with embroidery hoops (my goal is to have the entire wall plastered with different sized ones). So far, I’ve got three: the happy hoop, the pinecone hoop, and now the doily hoop.

Adds a little cheer, don’t you think?




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  2. Cassi says: August 8, 201310:50 PM

    I love this! I have a few old doilies myself and haven’t come up with a good way to use them so I am thrilled with this idea! I love the combination of traditional and modern needlework. I will be featuring this on The Crafty Crow!

    • whollykao says: August 8, 201311:18 PM

      Glad you like it! And thanks for the feature on the Crafty Crow!

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  4. Italo Brito says: January 23, 20122:27 AM

    That is very pretty Esther. Your cube will looks very nice with the doilies. We now need an idea to make those ugly Cisco phones look nicer :)

  5. Amy says: January 22, 20124:02 AM

    Hahaha. Yes, one girls junk is another one’s embroidered hoop. LoL. What’s most ironic about this post is the fact that your doily loop made of the material I gave you is sitting next to your Cisco phone :) Great creativity!

    • whollykao says: January 23, 20122:04 AM

      You like that? Amy’s old crochet + a Cisco phone. Maybe I should make you one of these for your office. Then we could have the same setup!

  6. Lyh-Rhen Lam says: January 19, 20128:09 PM

    It’s awesome Yun! Graphic and beautiful! Keep the ideas coming!

    • whollykao says: January 21, 20122:57 PM

      Thanks for the encouragement Dai! :) means a lot to me!

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