Remember a few months ago I made an Egeblad Doily for my mum? It was a birthday gift and as we were also giving her a digital photo frame, I had it in mind that she might put the frame on the doily. Here’s how it looked when I gave it to her.
Upon receiving it, my mum decided it was too good to use. I tried to insist that no, no really it should be used but as with all gifts, sometimes we have to appreciate that recipients may have ideas of their own. I relented and agreed she should do with it whatever she thought best.
She told me she would get it framed. She told me she thought it was the best way to make sure it was kept as nice as it was the day I gave it to her and really, when I thought about it, I knew she was right. I’ve seen framed doilies before. Good friend Ailsa, of Knitabulous, has posted some beautiful examples of framed doilies in her house. So I knew it would look great.
In the small town where she lives, Mum found a framer who said he enjoys a challenge. Apparently he brought his mother in law on board to make sure it was pressed flat and prepared properly for the job. It sounds like they really took great care with it. And here’s the result!
Didn’t he do a wonderful job? Mum took a friend along with her to choose the colours of the board and mat. If I look really closely I can see places where I could have blocked the points more evenly but despite that, I think it just looks wonderful. I’m incredibly touched that mum appreciated this gift enough to want to preserve it for years to come. It need never come out of the frame. It’s a fitting tribute to a vintage pattern.
I haven’t seen it myself, except for this photo so I can only imagine how much more beautiful it looks up close.
If we must deem an object too good to use, better to have it on display than tucked away in tissue paper, don’t you think?