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!

Doilies are an important part of our heritage, and I am collecting stories about the people who made them, to use in heritage and doily art exhibits, and for 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.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN TAKE PART IN THIS PROJECT

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 knitandcrochetwithsuzann@outlook.com and I will email you the interview questions.
  • OR email me and we can set up a telephone interview or an in-person interview.

Send photos of the doilies:

  • 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.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR STORIES AND PHOTOS?

Doily Heritage Project, knitted doily

Your stories and pictures may be included in Texas Crochet Heritage, a traveling exhibit of 45 doily heritage posters. Starting November 1, 2019, the show will be available for booking through the Texas Lakes Trail office. I’ll provide a live link when the booking starts. Doily heritage posters are part of Celebrate Doilies, an exhibit of doily heritage and doily-inspired poetry and textile art. It debuted in July 2017, and travels to venues around Texas.

To promote the traveling exhibits, and to raise funds to help me create and maintain exhibits, I use doily photos and stories in written or video articles in print and online. Someday, I’d like to compile the stories into a book.

Click here to see a sample doily heritage poster.

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

TIME LINE

The deadline for submitting stories to be considered for the Texas Crochet Heritage exhibit is August 1, 2019.

For details about where Celebrate Doilies and the Texas Crochet Heritage exhibits will be, please visit here.

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

Doily Heritage Project, crochet and purchased trim