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 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

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