Fallen Doilies is a series of prints started in 2010. The process is simple and the results elegant. I drop/ lay-down paint drenched doilies on sheets of paper that have been prepared with their edges masked. When laying down the doily I allow for drips and folds in the material. This gives the finished print a sense of movement, of a delicate doily falling through space. Continue reading
With no phone lines in many rural communities cell phones quickly found a strong market in Jamaica. However long distance calls often get dropped so while my mother was living in Jamaica the easiest way for us to stay in touch was often by text messages. Enjoying the Sweet Smell of Coffee emerged from a text I received while walking home one evening. After the Rain is my response. Continue reading
I’m having a blast with the new Jah Doily blog and find the short posts rather liberating. As much as I love analyzing and going into depth on things that I encounter it can sometimes become adherent to post item. Turning off my brain every now and then and just proclaiming “I like this” feels very freeing. However I have been also feeling a lack of creativity and struggling to come up with new projects.
It turns out the solution was rather simple. Continue reading
So excited! I’m launching a new blog! … yes, a new blog. I have been finding that this blog is housing too many little random things, items that don’t directly relate to me or my work so I’m starting a new blog for them. With any luck this will free up my mind to put more attention into relevant posts here. Continue reading
Can anyone have too many doilies? Well, yes but if you are going to be overloaded with them make the ones you have count. And what better way than to make your own!
I was a collector of doilies long before I knew how to crochet but part of my obsession stems from a fascination of where they came from. The care that went into their creation and their travels from there on are endlessly fascinating, much like a used book. I what to know who the carefully penned name on the title page belonged to. Did they enjoy the book? Did they get rid of it because they felt cheated by the ending, did it live a long life on their bookcase gathering dust until their death, a move? Were they like me and carefully reviewed their inventory, removing loved items to make room for new finds? Did they suffer the same anxiety and remorse as they brought them to their favorite used book store with the hope that they would find a good home?
It may sound like a lot to ask of any inanimate object and while I may never be able to find the answers to these questions the pondering fascinates me. Unlike books, textiles also pose the question of why and by whom was it made. Where it is unlikely that I will ever publish a book to add into the mix, I can make doilies.
Now I must confess, I learnt to crochet very recently and have not made many projects yet but the few I have done have been doilies. I won’t pretend I’m qualified to lead you through the process, instead I’m giving you some links to pages I find helpful and some patterns that caught my eye. Crochet in the round is a very organic process so I encourage you to branch out to create your own unique design. I love the freedom doilies offer, when I get tiered of a stitch I just finish up the round and start on a new pattern; when I reach the desired size or lose interest in the piece that’s how I know the piece is done.
I hope you have fun with these and I’d love to see what you come up with.
Instructions and helpful hints
- help reading crochet abbreviations
- How to read charts
- More on reading charts, has a sample with both chart, written instructions and image of the end result
- I’m not a big fan of the finished pattern but the step by step illustrated instructions are great. If you want to design your own doily, instead of piecing together several wheels to make their rectangular doily, try freestyling to expand the wheel into your own creation.
- Blocking refines the shape and helps the piece lay flat. I don’t like blocking things and often try to avoid this step, both in knitting and crochet, and regret it every time. Block your work! It makes all the difference.
Free Patterns of the Web