Melindrea makes art

Reverse-engineering a doily

Made in red cotton, a pair of these have been on the armrests of a sofa group that was in my grandparent’s living room for many years. Unfortunately it appears like all but one pair have disappeared, either before the move to my parents house, or after it was moved here.

I’m unsure on how old they are, but probably at least 70s, maybe earlier. I know they were made by grandmother, one of many table cloths, doilies and other pieces of crocheted fineries spread through the family.

Just looking at the doily, it’s three motifs bound together. As I look closer I realise that the “leaf” is in fact a petal, at least in this doily, so it’s something like a daisy, with edging of another kind of flower.

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