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Currently, doilies are perceived as outdated or old-fashioned,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? 

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