Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Doily

Do you use doilies in your home?
I have memories of doilies being used in the homes of my mother,
 grandmother and aunts.
These are a few photos of doilies I use with teapots at home.
Currently, doilies are perceived as outdated or old-fashioned,
but I like the way the way my heirloom doilies look with my teapots,
and I like to use paper doilies with tea.
From the internet:
 "A doily is an ornamental mat typically made of paper or fabric, 
and used for protecting surfaces, or binding flowers, in food service presentation, etc. 
A doily is characterized by openwork, which allows the surface of the 
underlying object to show through.
Doilies are used to protect fine-wood furniture from scratches caused 
by crockery or decorative items, or from spilled tea when used
 on tea trays.  They are also used to protect the backs and arms of chairs" 

Doilies appeared in the early 1700's.  
They were produced and sold to be used as table protectors
by a Mr. Doiley who was a London fabric merchant.  
Paper versions were introduced by the French in the 1800's.  
 By the 19th century in America, crocheting doilies had become very popular.
The large doily in the two photos below and the first two above, 
were crocheted by my Aunt Mary, my mother's sister. 
I use it as a table topper on the small table below.  
The table was my grandmother's and later Aunt Mary's.      
 I saw several colors of doilies at Michael's last week
for $1.50 each and at Dollar Tree for $1. 

"Disposable paper doilies were designed as an inexpensive 
respectable alternative to crocheted and linen doilies, 
and used to decorate plates and placed under food." 

Photo below (from the internet)
"Queen Elizabeth II holding a doily-wrapped posy."

Do you use doilies in your home or when you are serving tea? 


Sylvia said...

Love your doilies and tea sets,Linda.

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I love doilies and I use them all over my home. Love the hand crocheted by family ones the best. You have a beautiful collection! I don't like to think of them being "out dated".

Patsy said...

I still use doilies my mother made.

Joy said...

I have doilies on the arms of an antique rocker I inherited from my grandmother. They were "always" on the chair as far back as I can remember, so I keep them there, too. I have some crocheted ones that my mother had made into pillows, too. Her mother had made the doilies, they are treasures. I use paper one from time to time, especially at Valentine's Day!

s. franks said...

I still use doilies on some of my tables. Also some of the paper ones with tea or when having guest over. I love using the color doilies for holidays or special events.

The Victorian Girl said...

Yes! I have them everywhere! They're so charming and as a needlewoman myself, I appreciate the intricate workmanship that goes into them.

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

I am thoroughly enjoying the comments on this post about your own doily stories. I have tried to reply to most of you, but some don't have a connection for me to reply to.

relevanttealeaf said...

Fun post, Linda. I love the info you shared about doilies. Your's are beautiful, and so special because of who made them.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Oh yes, I use doilies all the time. Some are picked up at antique places, other's I've purchased.
My mother always used them, and tablecloths which is a tradition I've carried on.
Our daughters? Neither one uses a tablecloth!

Marilyn said...

I always associated doilies with old ladies and since I am one now, yes I do use them. They just make a lovely finishing touch or frame to pretty tea accessories.

Jann Olson said...

Linda, I have always loved doilies! Although they were considered old fashioned, they are now coming back in style. Victorian is now Shabby chic. lol! Love your gorgeous tea sets and the doilies look perfect!

Ruthie Miller said...

I love to use doilies and do-old and new.
I watched Downton instead of the game too! Lots of new story lines.

Angela McRae said...

Yes, I use doilies often to protect wood finishes on furniture when I am displaying ceramics and china. Since I make them myself and have some that were my grandmother's, I will probably always use doilies somewhere in my house, whether they are currently in style or not!

Rosemary said...

Yes... call me old fashioned, but you will find doilies tucked here and there, upstairs and down, and even under desserts in the tea room.


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