How to Craft Lace Doilies with Precision, Focus, & Passion

Our ancestors have imparted wisdom and lessons to us through our elders. Some have also gone above and beyond to leave their legacy, one after the other. One great legacy is using “creativity” in all things we do. One meaningful legacy they left is making or crafting with lace doilies.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the delicate art of crocheting was born. Our ancestors were successful in passing this art from one generation to the next. To this day, creative individuals have created amazing and intricate pieces out of crocheting. These are some of the most popular categories of crocheted items – amigurumi, patterns, toys, baby accessories, women’s clothing, women’s swimwear, home decorations, and the list goes on.

“A crocheted piece is the lovely manifestation of a thought, expressed through hand, heart, hook, and yarn.” –  Francine Toukou 

What is A Lace Doily?

A lace doily is an elegant and intricately-made vintage home decoration.  Lace doilies come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns. These beautiful pieces are made with precision, extreme focus, and passion. The crocheted items represent the creator’s thoughtfulness, effort, and compassion. 

old woman crafting a lace doily

The most commonly used technique in creating a lace doily is a filet crochet. Using this technique, we can create words, wonderful images, and delicately-made patterns.

There are seven essential tips/tricks in using this technique:

  1. Stitch height
  2. Tension
  3. Counting
  4. Reading a Chart
  5. Keeping Track
  6. Working into Stitches versus Working into Spaces
  7. Blocking

What Are Lace Doilies Used For?

Lace doilies are not just aesthetically pleasing but it has a very important function. So aside from being a vintage home decoration,  a doily serves a vital role in our homes.

lace doily on a wooden table

Lace doilies are mats that come in different shapes, patterns, colors, and sizes. These are mats that protect the surfaces of tables, glass, or any surface where we put plates, heavy vases, or other furniture or home items. Doilies are essential to protecting surfaces from any mark, scratch, or graze. 

Below are some patterns of lace doilies:

White Hand Crochet Lace Doilies Vintage Square Table Mat

(1) White Hand Crochet Lace Doilies Vintage Square Table Mat

Spiral lace doily

(2) Spiral lace doily

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Lace wheat doily

(3) Lace wheat doily