Monday, 31 October 2011

Cheap as chips...


I collect things... a variety of things... without even realising sometimes that I do....

After rummaging around for fabric for some curtains I want to make, I came across a stash of crochet doilies that I have been collecting from charity shops. The work that has gone into these is amazing. I think my intention was to piece them together and make a tablecloth, but I never got enough. So I decided to make candle holders to go on the mantlepiece in my work-room. The result is rather lovely if I do say so myself and they cost next to nothing to make.... cheap as chips!

I've used jam jars for three of them and a vase for the larger one... the doilies are just stretched around the jars and sewn together.

Today is a grey, rainy day... so my photograph of the kaleidoscope blanket is not taken in the best light. At the moment I am trying to square it off and get it looking "blanket-shaped".


Sending some of this blanket rainbow colour your way x

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have never ever seen a doily in a charity shop. In any case I would prefer to make my own. It seems that they are sold very cheaply too which is a great shame as it deeply under-values the work put in. We crafters want our work to be taken seriously and in some cases we want to earn a living from it, yet we under rate and under pay for the skills of others all the time. I mean I would be mortified if I saw a blanket that I know has hours and hours (over weeks if not months), going for £4. Yet other fellow crafters are thrilled. I find it very sad and exploitative. It is not as if the charity is getting fair remuneration either!
Jay

Neicee said...

Gorgeous! I am going to steal that Idea at christmas....I also have collected many doilies from thrift shops and that is a great idea. Thanks...Your blanket is beyond amazing! I cannot wait to see it complete!

noknittedknickers said...

Regarding the previous comment, I see things in charity shops that are under-valued all the time, but to me that doesn't mean that the craft is undervalued. The money isn't going to the crafter anyway but to the charity. The item is donated for nothing either by the crafter or more likely by the crafter's relatives who don't want it anymore. If a crafter wants to receive value for all his or her hard work, then there's a market place for that (Etsy, craft fairs etc), but not charity shops. To me, buying jems in charity shops is about giving unwanted items a new home and giving money to charity, not about whether the maker of the item will be justly rewarded for his or her effort.

Love what you've done with the doilies and the blanket is looking fab. C.x

ariadne said...

I have some doilies! I will try your idea!
The blanket looks lovely I wouldn't finish it as square,it would look beautiful to me to have different angles!AriadnefromGreece!

MeMe Rose said...

Couldn't have said it better myself Claire... we've had this topic of conversation before on my blog regarding labour intensive work winding itself up in charity shops for a few pounds and my conclusion is I would rather my crochet found an owner that loved my work and gave it a new lease of life. For a long time and probably still to this day, doilies fell out of favour and fashion and I think it is great to find new ways of introducing them into modern homes.

Hazel said...

Love your jars. I am about to do the same thing with jam jars and lace trim. Your blanket is looking ever so lovely.

Paula said...

I love the candle holders with the doilies, that's a such a clever idea and I love your blanket the more it "grows" the more beautiful it becomes.

♥coco rose♥ said...

Totally agree with noknittedknickers. Usually, these crafted items are donated by relatives to charity shops who don't have a place for them, or it's simply 'not their thing'. In one of my local charity shops, some old dears from an elderly home make little lap blankets to sell from the oddments of wool donated. The lady in the shop says they love it. It gives them something to do whilst they natter at the home and whatever it sells for is for charity. If a crafter wants recognition for their work then places like Etsy serve that purpose, and buyers there appreciate the time taken and the price reflecting that. I am certainly not going to pass up an opportunity to get something crafted from a charity shop at a cheap price, and I know that it will be loved and appreciated in my home. I got a crochet blanket the other week from a charity shop for £3 and it was huge. I appreciated the work, effort and time that had gone into it, even if no one else had, and it will be loved for a very long time in my house...........eek....wonder if anonymous had seen my post! Well I look at it this way...it could have been snapped up and used as a dog blanket for the boot of a car.....i'm really loving it!

Your doilies are beautiful and have been put to good use. The shadows cast in the light are so pretty. I crocheted some last week after ravelry inspiration, and I think there will be many made for christmas presents!

Your kaleidoscope blanket is looking gorgeous and vibrant, wish I had the patience for a project like that......will just have to drool at your pics!

Happy Monday!

xxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

I agree with Claire's view point up to a point. However, it seems if something is handmade in a charity shop it gets sold for less, even if it is very well made. There are some people who crochet blankets, sell them and then give the proceeds which results in a little more cash going to the charity. Others of course make blankets etc to give directly to charitable causes which is probably the most satisying of all.

It would be nice to think that etsy etc was an outlet where proper remuneration could be received but again unfortunately, people are not willing to pay what the materials cost in most cases, never mind a minimum wage hourly rate for the work involved.

I do agree that it is good to see these items in homes where they are appreciated. However, a lot of the time these items are not given to charity shops by the makers but by unappreciative recipients and I think the maker would be feel rather sad in many cases. It is the same when any gift is given away. All gifts find a place in my home as it is the thought that gets appreciation. I find re-gifting rather callous. I also find that the bulk buying that some people do of 'vintage' items rather exploitative especially when scissors are used. In some cases it is greedy, for financially exploitative purposes and it is ultimately most destructive. The thrill of finding a book intact or a tablecloth etc that evinces another era is one we are making sure future generations will not be getting. There is a lot of destruction going on, in the name of art. I get the arguments but I am not convinced.

There are many arguments on both sides I do agree and I won't take up any more space here.

I will finally say that I find what you have made very pretty, and the idea is one I find appealing. Nevertheless, it encourages me personally to get out the thread and start crocheting. There seems to be a reluctance among crocheters to produce their own doilies and I am not sure why as I am sure they have the skill.
Jay

Stocki said...

These are so gorgeous.. you might also like these on a similar theme which I saw at 'Annaboos House' blog: http://annabooshouse.blogspot.com/p/vintage-votives.html.
I totally agree with noknottedknickers and your own comments regarding charity shops... better things go to where they are loved than stay in the shop to rot... and in Oxford, UK, charity shop prices are often more than high street prices!

HillyT said...

This is a beautiful idea, thank you for sharing it. Your blanket is looking fabulous, I am so enjoying watching it grow.

Makkie said...

I like your candle holders! They are beautiful! And the blanket wow a lot of work but so nice!
Kind regards

REDNEVAL said...

Candles are amazing!!
Very charming!
A blanket !!!!!!!!!!!! Oh!
Best regards
Jarka

Kate said...

Both are just amazing, beautiful. :0)
Kate xx

Missy said...

Hello, I've been reading your blog for some time and your work is very lovely indeed.
Just to comment on what Jay/Anonymous said in her posts. Some of what she says makes perfect sense, about current crafts people wanting to earn out of what they make, and good luck to them too. But surely if one finds something in a charity shop and buys it there should be no guilt attached about buying it for the price that it is being sold at. If anyone feels guilty about it or that they are underpaying for something they can always offer to pay more.
A lot of this old stuff won't even make it as far as a charity shop, it will just get thrown in the bin and I think that what we find we ought to enjoy in any way we see fit. Better in my house than in landfill. If anyone wants to cut up one of my crocheted blankets and make something from them in 30 years time they have my permission to do so!
I will carry on finding bargains in charity shops and boot sales and I will keep believing that I have rescued this stuff rather than exploited the person who sat and made it.
Me Me Rose, I love your latest blanket and I'm enjoying watching it grow!
xx

Nachtgewächs said...

wow, this is adorable.

SusieT said...

what a lovely idea, they look so beautiful. Your blanket is looking fantastic,it looks like you haven't got much more to go.Sue

Little Blue Mouse said...

Your candle holders are gorgeous, I love the shadows cast by them.

Heather said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm going to steal it as well!

Kristen said...

Beautiful candle covers--I have a stash of doilies (thanks, granny!) that have been sitting in the cupboard waiting for their second life--I think this is it!

I can't even tell you how much I love the blanket. It is absolutely stunning. :)

Ivory said...

This idea with doilies and jars is fantastic. I crochet a lot and have seen many crafts in charity shops, which I visit regularly. I am sure, that all my crafts end there one day after my death. My friend has once said, that I should inform him shortly before my death so he can overtake the items he likes. And that they can wrap my dead body into my largest table cloth I made. Fair enough, isn't it?

serendipity said...

I totally agree with all the positive comments. The candle holders are beautiful. I wonder if "anonymous" is the same person who commented on Nostalgia at the Stone House's blog a few months ago with the same moan about re-using old lace. There's tons of this stuff out there just waiting to be made into something pretty. xx

Nadiart said...

Jakie piękne lampiony!!!! Super pomysł!! A te kolorowe cętki - mniam!!

Victoria said...

They look lovely. I've been meaning to do this with some of my thrifted doilies since I saw something similar at Annaboo's house but I keep using my spare jam jars for jam or chutney!

I both make my own doilies and collect them in charity shops when I see them. Most of the ones I see in the charity shops are less than £1, but it is hardly your/my fault if that is all the charity shops can sell them for. At least we appreciate the work that has gone into them and put new life into them.

x

Marion said...

Absolutly great...i love your idea!
Thank you so much for sharing this photos!

Send you many Greetings,
Marion

Juliejaz said...

I am so totally in love with your blanket. It is so beautiful! I love the doily idea and would never have come up with that idea:0)

Anne said...

Those are gorgeous!! I love how the lights illuminate patterns on the wall behind. So soft and pretty. Thinking about purchasing some doilies now!!

PS, my friend did this project and put a light in the balloon and it looks marvelous!!

http://allaboutbee.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-doily-ball.html

Gerlene said...

I think there is a difference between appreciating lovely old doilies and wanting to make them! I love many things, but that doesn't mean I have to make them and not buy them. Doilies are gorgeous, but I don't think I'll ever make them - I'll leave that to people who love making them and have the skills to make them!! MemeRose I love your jars and doilies idea!!! I have a stash from both my grandmothers in my cupboard and might copy you...!! I love your blog and creative spirit and appreciation for things old and dear.

lizzlizzlizz said...

I love that your blanket it hexagon shaped- I think it really adds interest.

And I LOVE what you did with the doilies. Every time I see a new post on your blog, I want to learn to crochet even more. But, until I get a little more time to really attack it, I queued up some knitted doily patterns on ravelry. I'm so excited!

winkieflash said...

I love your doily lamps! I have a stash of doilies lying around here somewhere too... :)
xo,
wink