Doily Heritage Project

Doily Heritage Project, filet crochet doily

Do you know people who make or made doilies? Do you have their handmade doilies proudly displayed in your home or tucked away in a drawer? Please tell me about them!

Because doilies are an important part of our heritage, I am collecting stories about the people who made them for an exhibit called Celebrate Doilies, and future projects, including a book, I hope!

Here are some stories people have sent:

  • A pioneer lady who raised chickens saved the string from the chicken feed bags and crocheted a doily with it when she had enough.
  • A young woman’s grandmother taught her to crochet. Years later, when the grandmother was in her last illness, the woman crocheted a doily and sent it to her. The grandmother proudly showed it to her visitors at the hospital.
  • A father of several daughters crocheted doilies as a refuge from the noisy, busy household. He was retired from the U. S. Navy.


Tell me about the doily makers you know:

  • Click here for the Doily Heritage Project information form, print it, fill it out and mail it to me with photos. I will use your answers to make posters about doily creators of the past and present.
  • OR email me at and I will email you the interview questions.
  • OR email me to set up a telephone interview. If you live within 60 miles of Dublin, Texas, we can meet in person.

If you have doilies they made, please send photos of them:

  • Read “Photo Tips for Doilies and Similar Items” on the last page of the Doily Heritage Project information form.
  • Photograph doilies.
  • Mail or email photos to address given on the information form. Some people have also sent photos of the person who made the doilies or some other aspect of their lives.


Doily Heritage Project, knitted doily

Your stories and pictures will be part of Celebrate Doilies, an exhibit which debuted at the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council River North Gallery in Stephenville, Texas, in July 2017. The exhibit has been traveling to new venues ever since.

Some of doily photos and stories will be displayed as posters among my own doily artwork at the exhibit. Others will be in binders for gallery visitors to look through.

Click here to see a doily poster that will be in the exhibit.

The Doily Heritage Project information form (link above) lists other places and media where are your doily photos and stories may appear.


Please send the interview form and photos of your doilies to me as soon as you can, to be included in the next display of Celebrate Doilies. The show is traveling to Houston, Texas, in 2019. I frequently update details about the exhibit here.

Stay tuned, because I am planning more doily celebration projects!

Doily Heritage Project, crochet and purchased trim