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Catalog Number 1984.136.009
Description Embroidered Cutwork Doily, n.d. Off-white linen doily with cut work in a pattern of leaves at each corner alternating with loops along the sides. The doily has an overall rectangular shape with scalloped edges formed by the leaf and loop decoration. The leaves and loops are outlined with cream colored blanket stitches. The interior of each leaf and loop has been cut away and replaced with a grid of knotted threads. One long vertical thread appears at center and three horizontal threads bisect it. The horizontal threads on the loops appear to be more perpendicular to the center vertical thread. The horizontal threads on the interior of the leaves appear diagonally to mimic the veins of a leaf.
Object Name Doily
Collection 3D - Household Accessories
Title Embroidered Cutwork Doily, n.d.
Date n.d
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "Embroidery & crossbar doiley [sic] 84-136.9" (written on a loose paper label stored with object, paper removed due to acidity)
Notes Dollies "protect table tops from scratches that occur when moving things around or damage from wet glasses."

"The name "doily" originated from the surname "doily", a London firm of linen merchants who made fringed napkins in the 1700's. From 1711 a doily was a small ornamental napkin used at dessert." []
Dimensions H-8.5 W-7.375 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Household Goods
Subjects Table settings & decorations