Cue the trumpet fanfare! I'm here to announce the first ever Doily-Along here at Signed With an Owl! Does that sound like fun? Heck yeah it does!
We'll go step by step together (with plenty of photos and easier to understand directions) to create this lovely vintage doily titled "Baroque" from Star Book no. 78, Television and Radio Scarfs! I'll break down the steps into a few different posts so that we can all crochet along together in the next couple of weeks, or you can go at your own speed.
This pattern is made by joining several motifs together. A motif pattern is great because you can make the piece as large as you want. I will be showing how to make the arrangement in the photos above, but you'll easily be able to make it another size if you'd like! Motifs are also great because they can easily be memorized as they are often fairly small. (This one only has five rounds.)
During the process we will cover the join-as-you-go method, picots, and blocking. We can even set up a flickr group to share our progress and finished pieces.
So who's with me?! We'll start next week on Wednesday the 22nd. This will give you time to gather your materials before if you'd like.
What you'll need:
size 10 crochet thread in two colors (or more- I can picture replacing the yellow in the doily above with several different colors...) One skein of each color will be PLENTY!
sewing needle (for weaving in ends)
t-pins (for blocking)
blocking board (I use rubber kid's playmat tiles [mine are a much smaller version of THESE] but you can also use foam board, an ironing board... you have to be able to pin into the surface and it will get wet.)
spray bottle (optional- you could also wet your finished piece under a faucet)
If you are scared to work in thread, don't let that stop you! You can do it!! But feel free to experiment with different thread/yarn and hook sizes though!