An Inheritance of D’Oyleys

Today, I thought I would take you on a photographic journey through four doilies (or d’oyleys/doyleys) that my mother inherited from her mother. We really don’t know if these were crocheted by one of our ancestors or someone else but either way they are beautiful works of art worth sharing. They are showing signs of age with yellowing and discolouration, but age has also softened the cotton beautifully.

First, a hexagonal doily, crocheted throughout, five and a half inches across:

Second, a crochet edging sewn onto a circular piece of linen, approximately eight and a half inches wide:

Third, a crochet edging sewn onto a circular piece of linen, approximately eight inches across:

And fourth, a crochet edging on an oval piece of linen, approximately eleven inches wide: