- Fabric doily (lace or crochet)
- Fabric dye (optional)
- PVA glue
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Lace doilies just got cool
Sitting in a waiting room yesterday, flicking through a magazine I spotted a 'how to' make gorgeous lace bowls from old doilies.
For a change I was seen super-quick so I didn't have time to take in all the details, so re-creating it at home was a bit of a challenge. I think I did ok though.
I headed straight off to the charity shops, and came away gleeful at finding these for 25p each.
If you have delicate lace ones, then I think they'd look best left white, but as I had thicker crocheted ones, and they were a bit dingy I decided to dye mine a funky colour. I used Dylon's Burlesque Red machine dye which was super-easy.
Leave to dry. Lovin' the colour!
Once dyed and dried, mix up a solution of 50/50 water and PVA in a bowl. Submerge your doily in the mixture and leave for around 10 minutes to soak fully into the fabric.
Meanwhile, cover the outside of a suitably sized bowl with cling film. Smooth out the creases - for finer fabric this will be more important.
Squeeze out your doily to remove the excess gloop.
Place centrally over your upturned, covered bowl and smooth into shape. You can pinch a fluted shape to the edges.
Leave overnight to dry.
I love these - I have delicate looking decorative bowls which (so far) appear to be toddler-proof! The do look much nicer than my photographs suggest - both the shape and the colour are extremely difficult to capture accurately.
Oooh, get me - I've done some 'upcycling'.
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