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I know, I know! This is a quilt site, BUT experience taught me that quilters are very often creative in other areas too!  My question is: are any of you familiar with a beaded doily?  Did your mom or granny use them too? For some reason I am not able to post the picture here, but you will find a pic on my page.  I didn't crochet this doily myself, but inherited it from my granny who died at the age of 89 a few years ago.  People from those "long ago" times used these doilies to cover their milk jugs.  They mostly lived on farms, with no electicity and lots of flies! lol! The beautiful glass beads added weight to the doily. Today people don't use them anymore... I still use this one sometimes if I want to decorate a beautiful tea tray for a special friend.  I consider it to have it framed.

It is on my to do-list to crochet a similar one, only for the nostalgia of it.  The problem was that I couldn't find those teardrop glass beads locally. (I think because there is not really a demand for them anymore).  Fortunately, my friend found a few online shops from which I can order some.

 

 

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Comment by AidaCJ/NH on September 25, 2011 at 2:46pm
The doily is indeed very beautiful!  My mother loved to crochet when I was growing up, and sometimes she would use pearl-like beads on the doilies.  She made a lot of curtains then.  Unfortunately, I didn't bring any of them with me when I came to the US (I was born in the Philippines) after getting married.
Comment by Lynda Banks/Ont. on September 25, 2011 at 7:37am

Your doilie is lovely but the tea cozy I have to have!!! I left a comment on the picture and I hope you can help me!

 

Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on September 23, 2011 at 2:59pm
I love doilies.  Had not seen any with beads.  I have several my grandmother made and many that I've made.  (I also like to crochet).  Your tea cozy is wonderful as well. 
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on September 23, 2011 at 7:42am
So beautiful.  I hope you can find the beads to recreate another.  What amazes me is that our ancestors took such pride in making even functional items beautiful too.  With all they had to do, it was important to them that even something made to cover a milk jug was pleasing to the eye as well as fulfilling a need.  We should learn from them.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 23, 2011 at 7:34am
Such a beautiful doily. I have several old ones, but none were made by anyone I know. I love using them. I don't have any with the beads, very practical for using on the milk jugs!
Comment by Pam/NY on September 23, 2011 at 5:33am
The doily is so special...I have one that my granny tatted, framed and hanging over my bed. It is becoming a lost art. You should be able to find glass beads on the internet...
Comment by Irene Gallway on September 23, 2011 at 5:28am
The doily is beautiful. The fact that it was made so long ago by your granny makes it that much more special. It would be a good tradition to start again. Most beads today are plastic so I hope you find the glass ones your looking for.
Comment by handstitcher/IL on September 23, 2011 at 5:10am
Beautiful doily! You're so lucky to have it. I have several doilies from my family, but none are beaded -- in fact, I don't think I've seen a vintage beaded one like yours. I love the milk jug story -- it makes good sense. My ancestors were living in town when most of my doilies were made (1920-1940), so I've never heard of doilies being used for that purpose. I don't crochet, but I do tat and I've learned to add small beads to my tatting.

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