When I got married 8 1/2 years ago, my Aunt Kiriaki, one of my mother's older sisters who lives in Greece, sent me a gorgeous set of knitted doilies which she made herself -- in size 10 thread no less! Actually, they are knitted for the most part, with some rows of crochet, and all have crochet edgings. There are two round and one oval and they have been safely stored away until now. :) This past Christmas season, I decided to break them out...well at least two of them...the round ones. (I still need to find a place for the oval one.)
Here is the large round one on my dining room table. I'll have to block it properly so that it doesn't ripple.
Two pictures of the detail:
This is the smaller doily.
And here is the smaller doily in its "place":
This last picture shows the smaller doily on top of the larger one. From this perspective, I'm just amazed by the work my aunt put into them, as the larger one is so much bigger!
I have so much more to take out, made by either my mom, my aunts or my grandmother. I can't wait when I start having more furniture to display all these lovelies with pride.
And so today, I attribute my hands, my own efforts and talents to the talented ladies on my mother's side of the family. May they, or their spirits, live on!