The art of crochet is intrinsically embedded in the Greek culture. This tradition goes way back in time. Along with cross-stitching, knitting and weaving with a loom.
In the old days they were the women's (and girls') favorite pastime, as well as, duty/qualification to know how to. They started at a young age in order to fill their dowry chest. On their wedding day it was all shown off to the guests so that all can see how gifted the bride is (a sign that she will be a good housewife, as well !?)
This has been long surpassed now and even though the grandmothers keep crocheting, doilies have been out of fashion for a couple of decades (at least). Lately, though, they're making a big comeback and not just for decorating little coffee tables and other furniture. One can see them being used in various ways. People have been using crochet techniques to make earrings and other jewellery, scarves, Xmas ornaments, blankets and pillow cases, curtains or the finishings of curtains, to decorated totes, frames, blouses, hats, dresses, cardigans, bookmarks, even bikinis!... Check out the following links for amazing ideas
As you might well imagine I, too, have lots of crochet creations done by my very talented mommy and it's time I pull them out of my drawers and start using them and, yes, showing them off! She has done an incredible work and some designs she picked up just by looking at them and figuring out the pattern herself. For someone like me, who has no idea of crocheting, I say WOW!!!
Here's a sample of what my mommy has done:
...and a closer look...
I love this runner...
...And for the big coffee table...
....and a closer look....
(For more absolutely awesome doillies check out Mommie's Doillies part 2!)
Aren't they amazing?!!!!!