Sunday, April 6, 2008

Stitches for Tea

This week's theme for LaTeaDah's Gracious Hospital-i-Tea blog-a-thon is to share ideas and pictures that involve stitching for the tea table. I enjoy all kinds of needlework, but particularly crocheting doilies. I get the impression that decorating with doilies might not be "in" right now, because I don't see very many patterns available for them these days. That's okay. I have plenty of patterns and I don't worry about keeping up with trends. I just like what I like!

My doilies aren't particularly tea-themed but I do have my tea things sitting on them, so that should count, right? (LaTeaDah has a picture of the cutest tea-pot doily on her blog! If I could find a pattern, or even had a doily to copy, I very well might try my hand at something like that!) I don't have a lot of tea things, like many who are participating in the blog-a-thon, so I hope you don't get tired of seeing the same things each week. (Just to break the monotony, I have something new old different to show you next week. Hint: Next week's post will be in cooperation with my mother!)

I use my large pineapple doily draped over the mantle where I have my violet tea set.

Here's another smaller doily I made under my little pear demitasse cup and saucer. (Technically for espresso, not tea, but close enough!)
Lastly, here's a napkin with a crocheted edging. I entered a table-setting in the fair a couple of years ago, and one of the requirements was that the table-setting include hand-made items. The theme was "Blue Ribbon Good Times" so I decided to go for a "farm" dinner look. I bought the blue-checked tablecloth and napkins and crocheted a lace edging on them and then put my big pineapple doily in the middle. I used a sunflower centerpiece with my stoneware dishes and blue ribbon accents. I ended up winning a red ribbon, which spoiled the effect completely! LOL! But I actually like my red ribbon because it goes with my kitchen... and it's one of those great big rosette ribbons. I failed to get a picture of the table at the fair... but here is one of the napkins, just to show you the edging. (If you'd like to read more about the fair entry, I blogged about it here.)

19 comments:

Toots said...

Very pretty, Karla. I like a lady who "likes what she likes" and isn't enslaved to the trends of the day. Your handiwork amazes me. That's an area I lack skill in, for sure! But I love to see the masterpieces others create!

ceekay said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog. Your doilies are beautiful espescially that big one! I agree about LaTeaDa's teapot doilie. I so want one! I actually heard from someone who has all the month tea cups! Guess I have some shopping to do!

Carrie said...

I love blue and white and crochet also. Your napkins are lovely.

MammyT said...

You do beautiful work! My daughter does doilies too. She is working on a doilie-a-month project right now, so we will have plen-ty of them.
Nancy

Charli and me said...

Very nice. Like you I don't have many tea theme things but hasn't the blog given you some wonderful ideas? I love your doilies.

The Going Blog said...

I love your napkins!!! I think kitchen linens are the best and they always catch my eye.

Senkyoshi said...

I love your doilies. They are lovely. Wish I knew how to do that. I always wanted to learn, but never had anyone to teach me. =(

La Tea Dah said...

Very nice post, Karla. I love your crocheted doily! I consider them treasures and when I find one that's nicely done in a thrift shop, I make sure to rescue it! My mother did beautiful crochet like you do, but I always got the threads tangled and finally gave up! I do love doilies, though, and feel that even if they are sometimes 'out of fashion' that they are always special just the same. Thanks for sharing about your tablesetting for the fair. I love sunflowers and blue --- it sounds really beautiful! And your crocheted edges on a blue and white checked luncheon set --- very pretty! Thanks for sharing in the Gracious Hospital-i-Tea blog-a-thon. It was enjoyable reading your post.

LaTeaDah

ellen b said...

Karla your doilies scream tea time! :) Congratulations on your ribbon. I enjoyed your stitch post. Enjoy...

Nicole said...

Your doilies are beautiful! I wish I had learned to crochet--but it's never too late to take a class, I guess. Hmm, anyone in Connecticut who knows of a good teacher? :)

Miss Sandy said...

Lovely lacy doilies! I adore them. I can only crochet a chain. I'd love to be able to make something like that! A friend tried to teach me and so did a wonderful lad in our church, they both pronounced me hopeless! So I am destined to buy them or look really sad and pitiful so my friend will make me one ;)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Your doilies are beautiful! I am a doily lover, too, and, like you, I don't much care if they are "out." LOL!

Me said...

You make very pretty doilies! The blue gingham napkin is so charming with the lace edge. :)

Revee

Sandra said...

Your work is so beautiful. I've never learned to crochet so I have an appreciate for someone who does it so well.

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

Your doilies are beautiful - especially the round one under your lavender tea set. What a vision!

Cori G. said...

Hi Karla,
What gorgeous work! How long does it take to do that?
Your blog is so much fun and I love your header. I look forward to seeing your upcoming posts on tea.

fireflynights said...

Each violet tea cup is a little different but they all match the pot. What a cute set.

Grace Yaskovic said...

just love visiting your blog and seeing all the wondrous things

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

All very pretty! I like the blue ribbon story that turned into a red ribbon!

Katherine