The Celebrate Doilies exhibit features histories of people who crocheted doilies, plus quilts that showcase doilies and other vintage needlework. Some of the doily stories are about crocheters from Comanche and Comanche County. The show will be at the 4 North Event Center, 122 N. Austin Street, through Sunday, March 25, 2018. Exhibit hours are Wednesday-Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Celebrate Doilies was created by Comanche County resident Suzann Thompson, who is a crochet designer and artist. She was inspired by how some families are very proud of their ancestors’ skill with the crochet hook. She interviewed people from Comanche and surrounding counties and took photos of their family heirloom crochet. Those interviews and photos are part of the exhibit.
The exhibit also features Thompson’s own doily-themed art quilts. Waco poet Sandi Horton joins the mix with poems about crochet pieces she inherited from family members. Thompson and Horton will give a short presentation on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m.
Comanche County has a rich crochet heritage. One story is about a lady from the 1915 Comanche High School graduating class, who married her high school sweetheart in 1921. She decorated bed linens with filet crochet monogram insets. A grandmother who sat with invalids in the 1940s used her time to crochet doilies and tablecloths. She was a member of the first farming family to install irrigation equipment in the Roch Community. A Comanche resident told of her mother, who crocheted a large Lord’s Supper wall hanging two and a half times. Come to the show, and you can find out who these people are!
Doily crochet was not just for women. A construction worker from Rising Star in Eastland County, crocheted doilies to relax after a hard day’s work. If he ran out of thread, he would unravel one doily to start another. Thompson’s husband contributed to the show, not with doilies, but with three knapped spear points that she used in one of her art quilts.
Thompson continues to collect stories about family doilies for future projects. If you have crocheters in your past or present and want to share their stories, please email her at email@example.com. Find more details about Celebrate Doilies at www.textilefusion.com/exhibition-schedule.