Ten ways to go doily crazy!

From aged yellowing lace on occasional tables to white laser cut ones under boardroom biscuit plates, the doily  has been around since the 17th century and seems it’s here to stay.

The wide spread love for everything cute and vintage has benefited massively from the recent crochet resurgence of the last few years; and whilst many are still scarred from toilet roll holders dolls, there’s still it seems a market for intricate, lace style crocheted knick-knacks that just generally make life prettier and cute.

Doilies are definitely one form in which crocheting reigns, benefiting from its superior circular build abilities.

They’re great for everything from coasters and table mats to dreamcatchers and lampshades.  I even adapted one to make a summer jug cover by using a really fine thread and attaching beads around the outside.

So whether you’re looking to make doilies or simply make use of a stash you’ve found in a charity shop or attic; I bring you ten ways to go doily crazy.

  1. Crochet Rug 


2. Crochet coasters 


3. Imprint bowls 



4. Crochet lampshade


5. Crochet dreamcatcher


6. Crochet jar cover 


7. Crochet table mat 


8. Crochet plant holder 


9. Crochet cloche


10. Crochet bowl 


Been too long!

It’s been a year since I put the hook down, due my claw hand getting worse. However now the clock are soon to go back and the heatings been on for a few days I’m feeling ready to get the crochet hooks out.

Projects I have my eye on include:

Octopus for my friends newborn baby. I honestly didn’t realise how popular these were and how great they are for newborns.

Pattern courtesy of the friendly red fox.

Some lovely crocheted cat toys for my darling ragdoll Poppet Aurora. Patterns here.

I’ve recently moved house and have been looking for some new puffies for the lounge. These look perfect and the colours so inspiring.

No pattern alas, however I’m sure I could freestyle something very similar.

So that’s the first few of my projects.

I’d love to hear your latest projects or ideas, what you most looking forward to this autumn?

Happy hooking!

Origami Kusudama Ball

This year I delved into the world of origami after stumbling across the beautiful Kusadama ball.  If you’re not particular skilled at origami like me (I often find all those crazy manipulations very difficult to master) then this project is just for you.  Made up of modular units the Kusudama ball is pretty easy going, consisting of a few simple folds and plenty of glue gun fun. Each flower is made from 5 petals (each one made individually).

You can find a wonderful tutorial on the basic petal construction here courtesy of Folding Trees.  If you don’t want to invest in fancy origami paper simly grab a magazine or newpaper out of the rack and cut yourself some squares, they can be any size you like.  Often starting bigger is better then once you master the folds take the size down to produce sweet little petals.  You can be as creative as you like with your media – infact I am hoping to get hold of some sheet music which I think would look absolutely amazing!

Each flower uses 5 pieces of paper and once you’ve made yourself 12 flowers (in total 60 pieces of paper) now comes the fun part of assembling them.  You can really cet creative here and embellish each flower centre with a button or bead.

Again courtesy of Folding trees here is the second tutorial on how to assemble your ball.

For my ball I shamefully butchered an old paper back which I was unlikley to read again (one of those £2.00 pulp fictions from the Works so I didn’t feel too bad about it – plus it give is a bit of character. This one was a trashy Vampire novel so you could say it’s a gothic inspired ball, and if you look close you might get a nice snippet about some fang action hehe).

Kusudama ball made by recycling an old book, embellished with an assortment of metal buttons.

For the hanger I made a crochet chain of around 30-40cm (see how I still managed to sneak a wee bit of crochet in there) – looped the top and then added a few matching buttons to the bottom of the strand. I love the metal buttons used at the centre of the flowers I think they finish off this vampire story inspired Kusudam ball perfectly.

This ball was a hot topic of my craft club last night and so next month’s session is set to be a master class in paper folding, I will be sure to post all the gorgeous creations my fellow crafters come up with next month.

Once again happy crafting…enjoy!

Doorstop Delights

It seems that the trend of making your own fabric doorstops are still as popular as ever, so I thought I would do a follow up refresh on my popular door stop post https://crochetandtea.co.uk/2009/07/22/fabric-door-stop/ from 2009.  These days there are so many weird and wonderful styles and shapes of door stops, with everything from a plain square to the more elaborate owls (which I have to say are just the cutest things).  However for this review of my top 3 current  favourite doorstops based on the traditional rectangle shape, which you can download my FREE door stop pattern.

It’s cute, it’s useful, it’s British

This gorgeous Union Jack door stop is so fantastic.  This year has been jammed packed with patriotic goodness and so it’s no surprise that Best of British inspired apparel and products have sprung up everywhere.  This wonderful doorstop is available from sparklypinkdesigns however if you wanted make your own British inspired doorstop why not mix some union jack fabric along with your own ‘Keep Calm…’embellishment…perhaps ‘Keep Calm and Keep the Door Open’!

Funky and House Proud

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Lovely vintage bunting



I’ve had a handmade skirt from the 70’s which was handed down to me for sometime now and alas I am no longer able to get into it. Enter rainy Saturday and my trust sewing machine and hey presto some lovely vintage bunting to brighten my room up.

Deck the Hall…

I’m so pleased with my first try at bunting.

I used some lovely rainbow coloured fat quarters that I’ve been holding onto for ages for the right project.

I saved a little time by using some bias binding I had in the sewing box.

Fabric Door Stop

A bit of googling reveals these door sstops are quite popular.  Having recently moved i too wanted to make my home as cozy as possible and so worked out a simply pattern for a rectangular cube door stop.

door stop pattern

I chose to make mine 11cm x 16cm with a 2.5cm seam allowance.  I made a velcro flap for the bottom and used an off cut to add a handle to the top.

I think it worked really well with some patchwork style material i found and my back room now has a really country cottage feel about it.

door stop

The pattern i have made i printed on A1 but you should be able to print out the separate sections and stick together the door stop pattern.

Download – door stop pattern