What is a doily? Basically it’s a decorative mat made from vintage boiled, Turkish or Egyptian cotton and linen thread. Most often the doily is crocheted but there are some beautiful knitted lace doilies available. Doilies can be flat, ruffled, beaded or three-dimensional but most often made in an openwork design consisting of very basic crochet stitches combined in various patterns to make extraordinary pieces of Needle-art. In their hay-day doilies were utilitarian as well as decorative because they protected furniture from scratches and dust, or upholstery from head and arm wear by using Chair doilies. Today doilies can be used for the traditional uses as well as in fashion to cover pillows, the uses are unlimited. We invite you to browse and let your imagination run wild with our array of vintage doily patterns for you to enjoy.