Item a Day–Day 3 D’Oyley

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Today I reworked the first part of a Victorian pattern for a series of doilies that surely must be considered early “Freeform Crochet.”  Though the doilies may be found in the well-known Mrs. Isabella Beeton’s works, they were in fact designed by her friend and business partner Madame Goubaud.  When it is worked in worsted weight cotton with a 5mm hook, the first centre motif measures about 11 inches, and makes a lovely rustic doily…a touch of lace without any of the fuss of fine thread and starch!  My pattern–rewritten into modern Canadian/US crochet terms–will be available as soon as all the motifs for the first doily are complete. The original patterns may be found online.

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