I have recently fallen in love with Crinoline Ladies. They are so elegant and hold such a connection to "days gone by". The name Crinoline Ladies comes from the petticoats worn by ladies to hold their dresses in shape. Wikipedia says: "Crinoline was originally a stiff fabric with a weft of horse-hair and a warp of cotton or linen thread. The fabric first appeared around 1830, but by 1850 the word had come to mean a stiffened petticoat or rigid skirt-shaped structure of steel designed to support the skirts of a woman’s dress into the required shape. In form and function it is very similar to the earlier farthingale." I'm pretty certain I wouldn't want to wear those things, but they make for beautiful intricate doily's.
These are suitable for framing or displaying on a table or dresser. This one is "Harvest". And I'm certain as soon as she's blocked and stiffened, I'll be adding her to my etsy shop for sale!
These beautiful ladies work up really quickly. I can make one in a day if I don't have any major interruptions.