“My Dog Ate My Doily” … an actual letter received asking for lace repair.
“So my husband was given this doily from his mother and I believe his great grandmother or grandmother made it. Not completely sure I just know it’s old and I don’t even know if the person who made it is alive. They have a ridiculously large family and it’s hard to keep everyone straight. Our dog, who he will likely kill when he finds out, decided to chew on it and I’m assuming eat part of it. It looks pretty hopeless but I figured I’d give it a shot in asking if there’s any way it can be repaired and how much roughly it would cost. Thanks! Annie G.”
I called Annie and we had a chat about her doily dilemma and her need for lace repair services. This is life and these things happen. With many years of knitting repair and lace repair projects under my belt, I’ve heard many stories like this when one is faced with a damaged family heirloom needing crochet repair of lace to replicate its pattern and make it whole again.
The good thing is that we realize the legacy value of these fine arts when we are fortunate to have one handed down to us from loved ones. Once a lace repair is complete, we often rethink how the item should be used for the future. Any repair of handmade crafts, whether it’s from grandma’s knit afghan pattern that require knit repair, or a lace tablecloth repair which would be an even bigger project, we usually rethink what we next want to do with it. The cost of lace repair can be minor or major, depending upon the size of the lace repair job. Sometimes an heirloom piece, like the pineapple doily here, is professionally framed and hung afterwards, especially when it may be the only item made by grandma that you own. It stays perfect after the lace repair and is displayed prominently for family to appreciate. Other’s put completed lace repair projects under glass. That is, a small table gets a sheet of glass over it with the lace repair displayed under it for viewing, without dangers of drink spills, soiling from daily wear, and of course the “DOG”.
And, getting back to the “DOG”. I had to chuckle as I read her words because I immediately thought of that old grade school excuse to the teacher… “my dog ate my homework.”
Meanwhile in a follow up email she sent me, Annie noted: “Thanks for your lace repair advice today! And P.S. The dog lives to chew another day.”
During our chat, I suggested the episode might become a handed down, memorialized, family story – if she did not want to have the lace repaired she could still frame it with the story and photo of the dog included in the frame.