Friday, January 21, 2011

The Doily Tree






My dad taught me how to make lace when I was a young teen. He even hand crafted me some lacemaking bobbins out of bits he found around the house, used toothbrush handle, wooden and plastic chopsticks etc. He threaded wire and beads on the ends and they were quite cool. Regretfully I chucked them out years later when I was sifting through things to come with me overseas and things I didn't need anymore.

I haven't made lace for years, and I've never learnt tatting and proper embroidery. But my dad knows (among many handcrafts) these things. I do not know how to make doilys, but thats ok. I don't know if I'd have the patience for it anyway. And after seeing this amazing tree on Gertrude St in Melbournes Fitzroy soon after we moved to Australia 2 years ago, Sam and I decided I'd collect 2nd hand doilys to one day create our own doily tree. 

We don't have the right kind of tree yet, but the collection is growing. Some will one day go on a tree when we get the right house with the right tree. Some I am keeping for making other things to give them a new life. Some I just want to collect and look at every now and then. I think I'm drawn to the fact that someone sometime sat down and spent time making these. There is a sort of life - an untold story in them. 

7 comments:

Wanderlust said...

Wow, when I first saw the tree I thought it was covered with dot paintings. Then when I looked closer I saw the doilies. Amazing.

Emma said...

I think that most doilies are crocheted, which is easy peasy, you just need a bit of time to do the intricate ones!

Siân@Toru said...

oh gosh I can't crochet (or knit) either...well did try a couple of years ago. Seemed fairly simple but I was too occupied with other things to practice and now have forgotten.

mangocheeks said...

Wow the tree looks so effective.

Hope you find the right tree, until then keep collecting the lacy doilies.

PS It sounds like your Dad is a very creative person. If you find any of his creations lucking in your room, you should share. I'd love to see them.

PaisleyJade said...

This is so cool... especially since I've been posting about my doilie shenanigans lately! Love the trees - is it yarn bombing?

p.s. I am a crochet addict but have never learned to tatt or do embroidery either.

Seaside Siblings said...

Gosh, isn't it just beautiful.

Naomi said...

so love this tree - what a clever idea and it looks gorgeous! Naomi x