Low cost, used doily pattern leaflets and books. Wherever they appear throughout the home, they create an air of charming femininity that suggests the daintiness of the person who made them! A doily is an ornamental mat usually made of cotton or linen thread, often crocheted. Openwork allows the underlying surface to show through.
Many people who crochet in modern times avoided crocheting doilies for a long time. They wonder where they will use them. They assume that all crochet doilies are made with thread and that thread crochet is difficult—both of which are false assumptions. They get so excited about making contemporary things that they don't get interested in making doilies. But at some point in your crochet journey, you might want to explore the joy of doily making.