How to Make a Doily Bowlcomments (12) September 24th, 2008
Whether or not you crochet, if you're crafty, chances are you have a doily or two in your stash. Here's a quick tutorial on how to transform it into a pretty bowl via a bit of stiffening liquid and some easy embellishing. When you're gathering your embellishment materials, make sure you have a bunch of bits and bobs to choose from. Think of yourself as a little bird building your nest. You can also use the stiffened bowl as is, if you prefer a sleeker style.
For shaping the bowl, you'll need:
• A round doily
• A shallow bowl to use as a form for the doily
• Plastic wrap
• Aleene's Fabric Stiffener and Draping Liquid
• A plastic sour cream or yogurt container (for mixing the glue)
Place the plastic wrap around the outside of your bowl to protect it from the draping liquid (trust me, it will make cleanup much easier). Pour a bit of the liquid into your plastic container and add a teaspoon or two of water (you can add more if you want a flimsier bowl, but don't add more than 50 percent of the amount of starching liquid you added) and mix it well. You can also add acrylic paint to the mix to tint your bowl if desired; just see the packaging instructions.
Put the doily in the plastic container and move it around until it becomes saturated with the liquid. You will need to work the liquid into the doily by scrunching and squeezing it. Squeeze out any excess glue, but make sure every part of the doily is wet.
When placing the doily over the bowl, be sure to smooth any folds or wrinkles or the bowl will dry with them intact. Try to center the doily as much as possible to get a symmetrical bowl. Allow it to dry overnight, or as long as necessary.
Next, gather up some buttons, plastic flowers, beads, yarn, 1/4-inch- to 1/2-inch-wide fabric strips, and whatever else you might want to weave into your bowl. You'll also need a yarn needle to make the weaving easier.
Thread the yarn needle with fabric or yarn and begin weaving the strips into the bowl. You don't have to go in and out of every single hole, and you don't have to go side to side. You can weave the strips however you want! I wove some from side to side, some outward from the center bottom of the bowl (in a starburst shape), and some in X shapes. You can also weave small pieces of fabric into the bowl and tie them in knots, or you can do different embroidery stitches through the holes of the doily. If you like, thread a button or plastic flower over the fabric/yarn every so often and continue weaving.
Continue adding to the bowl until it looks just right to you.
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