Green Crocheted Doily

This doily was made by me for my mother in 1980 from a pattern in Magic Crochet magazine (Issue #4). I taught myself to crochet when I was in my twenties by checking out an instruction book from the library. My first projects were potholders — lots of potholders — each with a different pattern and color. I used Knit-Cro-Sheen cotton thread, which was the largest thread I could find, and sewed terrycloth to the backside to make them thicker. Everyone got potholders for Christmas that year. As I got better, I began using finer and finer threads. With enough practice, I thought I could make a lace tablecloth, which became my goal. For some reason, when I was finally good enough to make a tablecloth, I wasn’t interested anymore. Probably it was that old problem I have of getting bored with projects that are repetitive. I did make several filet crochet designs and this doily for my mother, which she framed. In return, she gave me the only doily she ever made.

Crocheted Doily
Martha Dellasega Gray, 1980
DMC crochet cotton #30
11″ x 11″

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