DOILIES & ANTIMACASSARS.

What a sweet treat Doilies are! My Gramie donated doilies a plenty to my new home. She and her girlfriends used to make them to give as gifts (often to each other). Stay tuned for photos of these handcrafted doilies in HQ BK.

A doily (or doilie) is a small ornamental mat usually made of cotton or linen placed underneath a dish or bowl.



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I have never heard of this lengthy word—antimacassar—though I was definitely familiar with the delicate object. Of course, they were all over my childhood home. (thanks to Gramie!)

An antimacassar is a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric.
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6 Responses to “DOILIES & ANTIMACASSARS.”

  1. Mira Says:

    All of my doilies are donated from my grandmothers, too!

  2. jenn. Says:

    i knew i was holding onto this image for good reason. true love!

  3. molly oh! Says:

    i thought of you today when i read this:

    “They settled at first in an apartment in Rockland, a small city on the coast of Maine. Henry took a job selling men’s clothing and worsteds. Within the year they’d moved into a smart two-family cottage with mahogany sliding doors between the parlor and the dining room. In the parlor were Cora’s piano, a smoking set for Henry’s cigars, and an overstuffed chair big enough to hold them both. Cora had hemstitched and cross-stitched linen pillow shams and antimacassars in bright red to adorn every available surface. Henry’s contribution wasa set of deer antlers. They both agreed that their new place was entirely “D.E.” – damned elegant!”

    (Nancy Milford, “Savage Beauty”)

    thank you for introducing me to such a damned lovely word!

    xo, m.

  4. molly oh! Says:

    i thought of you today when i read this:

    “They settled at first in an apartment in Rockland, a small city on the coast of Maine. Henry took a job selling men’s clothing and worsteds. Within the year they’d moved into a smart two-family cottage with mahogany sliding doors between the parlor and the dining room. In the parlor were Cora’s piano, a smoking set for Henry’s cigars, and an overstuffed chair big enough to hold them both. Cora had hemstitched and cross-stitched linen pillow shams and antimacassars in bright red to adorn every available surface. Henry’s contribution was a set of deer antlers. They both agreed that their new place was entirely “D.E.” – damned elegant!”

    (Nancy Milford, “Savage Beauty”)

    thank you for introducing me to such a damned lovely word!

    xo, m.

  5. molly oh! Says:

    i got antsy and hit the submit button twice. oops.

    and wordpress decided that “quote + parenthesis” = emoticon. hmph.

  6. kellyr Says:

    Mollv, such a wonderful quote and a perfect story for you to read. Very mountain man.
    xo, k

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