21 Feb 2012

Hello Doily.....More Info about The Doily Show!

My clever friend Rachel has penned this fabo Press release for......  
‘I Say Doilies, You Say Doyleys’
An exhibition of refashioned doily creations from Melbourne and beyond.

Opening Night – Friday March 16th, 5.30 to 7.30
Discounts for opening night shoppers

Exhibition runs Friday March 16th to Friday April 13th
At Gleaners Inc., 2 Ballarat Street, Brunswick
Opening hours: 10 - 5 Monday to Friday, 11 - 5 Saturdays, 11 - 3 Sundays

Ever wondered what to do with those little pocket-sized wonders from grandma’s linen closet? Beyond the protection of fine furniture and show-boating your great aunt’s needlework skills, exactly what is there to do with a doily?

Well, Melbourne’s leading craftisans provide answers with ‘I Say Doilies, You Say Doyleys’, a new exhibition opening at Gleaners Inc. in March. Transforming these handmade fancywork treats into new, sometimes functional and always fantastic artworks, the show will feature doilies as its only common thread.  
Contributing to the exhibition is noted textile artist Louise Saxton, local makers Camille Condon from ‘Curlypops’ {her gorgeous brooches and hair clips pictured in store now} and Rayna Fahey from ‘Radical Cross Stitch’ and from NSW, ‘The Quilt Lady’ Melissa Ninham and of course, in-house maker Liz Jones, aka ‘Betty Jo’.   

"Lacy crocheted doilies or embroidered fancywork napkins often sit unloved in a basket at the opp shop. I like to give them a new life, but maintain their decorative aesthetic and functional use.  Says Jones, “Although I chop up the doilies for my work, I'm not destroying the memories attached, but refashioning them for others to enjoy.”

You’ll never look at a doyley in the same way again!

Gleaners Inc. is the latest project from master crafter, Liz Jones aka Betty Jo. Just freshly opened for trading, Jones has found a permanent home to showcase her creations and vintage finds in the coolest precinct of Brunswick. Her new store is dedicated to all things handmade, reused, up-cycled and remastered.  It’s a hope chest of beautiful and quirky things to adorn both you and your home,   spotlighting Betty Jo’s unique linoleum wearables and decorative pieces (as featured in Design Files, and also available at Craft Victoria and other great stores).
Gleaners Inc. operates as Jones’ studio as well as store, providing a neighbourhood outlet for like-minded makers in the community as well as the perfect location for Betty Jo.  So, come check it out !


  1. I hope I can come! I've been meaning to visit your store for ages but I rarely make it to that side of town... an exhibition opening might kick me into gear though! Hope it's amazing!

  2. I am known as his holyness the doilie lamma. I have over 100 doilies. johnbauerart.com