Do you like the granny-chic look? Colorful crochet blankets, thrift shop remakes, creative decorating with handmade items that bring unknown stories from another life with them? If so, then I hope you will enjoy this project!
I sifted through the top layer and just took a few home with me. I thought I would leave some for someone else. After making a lovely bag which I will show you next time, as well as these fun art canvases, I'm starting to think, that the "someone else" might be me on a return trip!!!
One of my finds was a rectangular table runner which looks so pretty with a simple bouquet of lavender and daisies from the garden.
The truth is I have no idea how to crochet. Someday my sweet Finnish friend M. who makes the most beautiful crochet art has promised to teach me when we finally meet. Until then, I am really thrilled to have a little pile of these pretty doilies in my stash.
So the first project I had in mind was a bit of decoration for the wall behind our sofa.
What you will need for this project is a bit of linen (or any fabric will do), a doily, a sewing machine and a regular office stapler. And of course an art canvas, you can use the cheapest one you can find for this project.
Iron the fabric and cut it a bit larger than the canvas. Make sure you have enough on the sides to fold up onto the back of the canvas.
Now center and pin down your doily. I used a zig-zig stitch with my machine to stitch it down. You'll have to go a bit slow and gently flatten down the doily as you go to avoid it bunching up at the end. The stitch in the same thread color really won't show. I used rather large stitches. Perhaps someday I will recycle these again and they will be easy to remove.
Spread the fabric out under the canvas and start stapling - start on one side, staple in the middle, then the opposite side, pulling it taut, staple in the middle, and so on until you have one staple in the middle of each side. Now you can fold/twist up the corners. Staple all around so the fabric is pulled taut everywhere.
(You might end up making several of these -it's addicting!)