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Gardening With Thread

One of my favorite things to do while I am waiting for my garden to grow is to crochet with thread and make doilies.  Inevitably, I end up sitting in my comfy chair, during the hottest hours of the day, with a ball of crochet thread and a good pattern.  I love to crochet old fashioned doilies!  There is a calming satisfaction I seem to get from counting those stitches and watching my creation grow from my own fingers.


I made this ecru doily a few months ago and love the color and texture.  Crocheting, like gardening takes time to see the end result.  You start out small and with daily work, you see your creation blossom into a stunning work of art.


This plum colored heart doily is one of my favorite patterns and I make it regularly to give as gifts for my family and friends.

I learned to crochet with thread because my Prussian mother and grandmother had both crocheted doilies.  I wanted to learn the craft and taught myself many years ago.  I started with yarn and eventually moved to thread.  If you want to learn how to crochet, check out the Crochet Geek on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963?sub_confirmation=1 for videos that will walk you through each step.

Although doilies are a bit old fashioned for our modern décor; I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate them in an understated manner into my home.  The plum heart doily shown above has a twin to it. My intention is to frame them both with a white background and black frame and hang them in my bedroom, as the plum color matches my curtains.

I am currently working on a white doily called, “In the Vineyard.”  It seems even in crocheting, I am drawn to garden themes. What do you like to do when you are waiting for your garden to grow?

crochet piece

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Thank you for your kind comments. Once I frame the plum doilies I will have to share how they turned out. Thanks again for all your interest.

  2. You do beautiful work.
    I really like your idea of framing the plum doilies. 🙂

  3. Hi,
    The doilies look beautiful. Great work. 🙂
    Have a pleasant day.
    Babu, Suresh

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