Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January Crafty De-stash from the land of ten thousand doilies



I'll admit it...I've been hoarding craft supplies since 1976 for years. I began crafting in middle school (my mom was always very crafty) and tried nearly everything--sewing, quilting, working with felt, cross stitch (both stamped and counted), crewel, needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, painting, sculpting...are there any I've forgotten? (And lately, woodworking in an effort to use up these 43,849 pieces of wood. There is a story about that here.)






This is a three-fer...because in my world, there is a whole lotta project ADD goin' on. So out of the pile of unassuming doilies came multiple projects.




I love doilies. I have no idea why. My Grandma Hazel used them on the arms and backs of chairs and I know this was to help keep the chairs from getting soiled and threadbare, but I'm afraid if someone came to my house and saw that, they'd be carting me off to the home, where I would be forced to play Canasta and sing badly. And do chair exercises.




In addition to the doilies, I had these metal rings from some sort of container...the wood from which is long gone. So hey! Let's get a little embroidery floss (which is also plentiful) and put two and two together.






Easy-peasy, fun and sleazy! (without the sleazy part.) Just find a doily that roughly fit the metal band and there you have it!

But if one band was great to buy, ten must be better!  I took six of the nine left and made orbs. Another really easy project--a nut and bolt for one end, and a sheet metal eye hook for the other. (These will be sold at the shop.)







But wait! Didn't you say there were three projects? Why yes...thanks for paying attention!

I have been hoarding some sweaters for awhile, thinking I MIGHT someday embellish them. This challenge finally forced me to get that done.


This is a cute cotton/ramie blend topper...it's short and just has the one button at the top. I like it because it's SUPPOSED to gap over my old lady torso.

Unfortunately, the old lady torso also includes a wide-load caboose, and I like to keep it covered.  Maybe Grandma Hazel had the right idea...why not use a doily? 


So I took one of the larger doilies, folded about a third down over the other side, and (using white perle cotton, which I also have in abundance) hand stitched it on. 


I added a small doily on the front, et voila!
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19 comments:

Kim said...

Oh my......I am totally IN LOVE with those orbs! You are so crafty. I am trying to de-stash this month. My spare room is nothing but a craft hoarders delight of things I "thought" would turn into a project. Over 2 years has passed and nothing has moved out of that room. So I'm clearing out. The only problem is now I see some room to maybe start a quilt project. Something I have always wanted to try. So it looks like another fibre addiction is around the corner......sigh

Deborah Sommerlot said...

I see those all the time. Such a beautiful use!

Made In a Day said...

Oh I love the metal bands I would need them all! Cute ideas here!
Kim

Michelle James said...

Your projects are not only wonderful but your post is hysterical! Thank you for making me laugh today :)

Denise Bryant said...

What a great blog post and I absolutely love all three projects along with your humor. Thanks for the inspiration.

Debra Pashkowsky said...

Oh, my you are a riot! And so creative. I love the orbs and the sweater makeover is amazing. And then there is the doily on the metal ring. Three for the price of one is pretty good.

Rose L said...

I saw an idea of piecing doilies together to make a table runner! I plan to use on an old crocheted tablecloth which has lots of holes. I am going to piece them onto the top to give it a new look and hide the tears! I have also seen using small ones wrapped around small jars and tied with a ribbon and used as bud vases. I bought one at a craft fair!

Junkchiccottage said...

This is great Kirby. You go girl with your crafty self! Love that cute sweater with the doily embellishment. Sooo cute.
Have a great week.
Kris

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

These are awesome! Craftilicious!
xo Heidi

Feral Turtle said...

Our mom's sound like twins. Great projects Kirby!!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

OK. So you win the prize. That whole turn a cardigan from a meno-waist coveror into a meno-butt coveror. Pure genius. Be careful those lace things get caught on stuff, so keep that butt tucked in when you walk by stuff. Love the orbs.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Love the metal orbs! I have made suncatchers out of doilies with fabric scraps hanging down. Your sweater is interesting...would love to see it on!

Andrea said...

As usual, you have a whole lot of fabulous going on! I took my excess craft stash and bagged it up to take to this donation spot for craft supplies near Rochester! (Staffed by volunteers and money donated to a local cause there...to avoid replenishing from said store, I will have someone else do the dropping off for me! Ha!)

Emily said...

I love those orbs! I can't believe you got 3 projects done. I started several, and am still working on more, this challenge has been awesome.
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Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Well you sure have been getting your crafting on and love every single project you did. I also love doilies and feel you just can't have too many. I need to get moving...

Thanks for you kind and supported words on our losing our precious Little One.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow! What great ideas to use the doilies...the sweater is genius...I have a shelf filled with doilies that my mom made....I cannot part with them...your first idea reminds me of a dream catcher...and my granddaughter loves them...hmmm...gotta do that !

Marie Blackburn said...

Very clever uses for doilies - I love them all! Swooning over those orbs and their rusty glory. I've got a bunch of doilies in my stash too and I'm liking your idea of framing them inside something circular - don't have strips of tin in my stash but maybe that's an outing. What do you do when the front engine is as big as the caboose? Perhaps find two large doilies. lol

Sarah Burnell said...

Always nice to repurpose something and give it new life! Great projects!

Chelsea Johnson said...

I have a bunch of doilies too! Great use of them. I'm kind of obsessed with those metal rings too! I would LOVE to find some of those to hoard.... I mean craft with ;)

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