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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gothic Joy

I was cleaning up my studio yesterday, and was stacking some doilies in a plastic box for storage (someday I really am going to frame them- maybe after Christmas.) I placed "Gothic Lace" in the box, then added "Tidings of Joy." I was surprised how the colors of the Christmas doily seemed to "pop" (I think that is a technical term, lol!) when placed on top of the black doily. Anyway, I really liked how they looked together so I took both doilies out, arranged them a little more carefully and took a few pictures. They are almost the same size, the Gothic Lace being just a little bit larger. They seemed to fit together nicely. Looking at them started me thinking: wouldn't it be cool do do some layered doilies, with a more traditional doily for the background and one of the Lovely Ladies Doilies on top of it?
"Tidings of Joy" meets "Gothic Lace" - maybe this can be the crocheter's version of "The Nightmare Before Christmas."Since the Lovely Ladies are kind of made in layers anyway, it wouldn't take that much more to add a separate doily background to one.
I like it; what do you think?

22 comments:

Becky said...

I think it looks fantastic! I may have to try that out when I have more time after Christmas! Thanks for sharing your accidental find.

Ann said...

Thank you Becky! I am thinking I might add an optional background doily as the free gift pattern I always give with each purchase.

Delaney said...

Your stuff is so fantastic! I can crochet and like to make doilies but can never press them out right :(

Don't make many because of that.

Ann said...

Thank you, Delaney. I had thought about doing some tutorials on the blog, and possibly doing one showing how to block doilies (at least how I block them.) Do you think that might help?
Cute picture, by the way!

Sidney said...

ann, linda muito linda, abraços

Molly said...

That is just beautiful !! If you don't mind I might like to try to give that a go after Christmas. But I'm not so sure I can, but I'm going to try. Take care, Molly

Molly said...

I'm sorry but I forgot to ask if you found enough testers for your Sedona Wrap pattern? If not, I am still very interested in doing it. Molly

glor said...

Oh my goodness ... what a most wonderful accident! Beautiful, as is all your work.

Ann said...

Thank you Molly! Let me know how it turns out if you try it. I did find two talented ladies to test the Sedona Wrap, and the pattern will be available soon. Thanks for offering though!

I think it was a lucky accident for me, Glor. I can't wait to experiment with some different doilies as backgrounds.

Unique2wh0 said...

I think it is fabulousooooo :-) I would love it if you wrote something up on the blocking and if you ever find a good way to frame also....please!!! That would be so helpful for me for sure.

Ann said...

I have done some reseach on the best way to frame doilies, and I am going to do a post on it, I promise, Unique2who. I just don't want to steer anyone wrong!
And I will do one on blocking, too.
I am glad you like the combination of the doilies!

Jona said...

I love it Ann. It adds a nice dimension to the piece, especially this one as a stand alone doily on table or something. Anyway, I am almost done Tidings doily and may try Gothic if I have time before Xmas as the doilies are for my Ma. Lovely work as always. J

hookedonthread said...

I love it. Of course, I love it without it too but it does add something special to it. You amaze me. Even by accident you create a work of art.

Diana

Rosa Antunes said...

Que trabalhos lindos .
Estou encantada!
Parabéns
Feliz Natal
Beijo

Ann said...

The Gothic Lace is a lot quicker to make, Jona, since it is just one color and one piece. I hope you Ma likes the Tidings of Joy. Merry Christmas!

Thank you Diana. I think it is great that an accident can have a happy outcome once in a while!

Thank you Rosa! Merry Christmas to you, to!

Ana Luisa said...

the black doily as a baclground really does bring out the colours in the Christmas one on top.
(I actually had a similar idea for that one, just not black.:) )

Ann said...

I think you could really change the look of a doily by changing the background color, Ana Luisa. I think I am going to do a little experimenting with some of my doilies.

crochethuahua said...

Wow! It really stands out!

Melissa H. said...

That is gorgeous! It's amazing how "mistakes" can sometimes give us great ideas. Saving my $$ for your Lovely Ladies patterns!!

Ann said...

I seem to be drawn to bright colors lately, Crochethuahua, so I really like how it gives them an extra boost!

Thank you so much, Melissa!

Anisa said...

Interesting idea. I really like it. Meery Christmas :)

Ann said...

Thank you Anisa. Merry Christmas!

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