For some reason, once I start making doilies, it’s hard to stop.. It is a relaxing thing to do in the evenings while watching videos. I have a difficult time just sitting there not accomplishing something. I’d rather make something than just watch something! So, I just finished one that I began years ago. I think it is only the second oval one I’ve made. Here is how it looked after I finished crocheting it.
I’ve heard that some people never do the last step – blocking. It’s an important step. All it entails is washing it and then pinning it while it dries. I use two cardboard lids from packages of copier paper taped together with a towel on top to pin my doilies. These lids have been used so many times that they are about to fall apart. We may need to buy more copier paper soon. But I used a shoe box for a smaller doily.
It’s important to use the right pins too. I almost made a big mistake while pinning the larger oval doily. Blocking requires a lot of pins to do it properly and I ran out. No problem. I went into the craft room/studio and found another set of pins that I use in sewing. Then I remembered why I use the pins I do for blocking. They are stainless steel. I sure didn’t want rust marks on my pretty doily!
So getting washed, stretched and left to dry works! Sounds a bit like life, doesn’t it. Those stretching times are tough, but usually leave us more beautiful, like lovely doilies. I can’t stop. Had to start another one from the same book, A Dozen Doilies. The oval one was called, Augustina. Now I’m working on a pinwheel one. It’s Anastasia. I hope she won’t mind being stretched to become more beautiful!