Crocheted Lace Doilies Tell A Story of Family and Friendship

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (January 25, 2021) – In collaboration with the Texas Heritage Trails Program (THTP) and artist Suzann Thompson, the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to host the Texas Crochet Heritage exhibition, Celebrate Doilies. The exhibition is on display through February 24 at the Tower Gallery located inside the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau World Headquarters Building (636 S. Main St.).

The Texas Crochet Heritage exhibition shares stories of Texas women who took part in the fine tradition of American crochet, making doilies, bedspreads, vanity sets and more with cotton thread and a hook. Doily crocheters were hard-laboring settlers and farmers, and hardworking mothers and homemakers. Crochet was not only a fairly inexpensive way to decorate a home or give a gift, but it was personally much more. Making a beautiful doily offered satisfaction and comfort, often easing a busy or puzzled mind.

Long-time crocheter, designer and author Suzann Thompson created the Crochet Heritage exhibition in an effort to educate people on contributions of needle workers and how doilies enriched many homes and lives. Learn about doily etiquette, doilies in the dowry, crochet mysteries and the Texas State Fair doily competitions.

“As you walk through the gallery, be prepared to read heartfelt stories of generations past and gaze upon beautifully hand-made art. Doilies are much more than lovely home decorations. They tell stories of the past, family, friendship and how folks lived,” said Suzann Thompson, creator of Celebrate Doilies.

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Suzann Thompson is the creator and curator of Celebrate Doilies, a traveling art and history exhibit. She continues to collect doily stories for the project. If you would like to book the exhibit in your area, or if you have a doily story you want to share, please email her at or by phone at 325.864.7902. Please visit her website at or follow her on Instagram @suzannthompson or Twitter @textilefusion.

The Texas Heritage Trails Program (THTP) is the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) award-winning heritage tourism initiative. This economic development initiative encourages communities, heritage regions, and the state to partner and promote Texas' historic and cultural resources. These successful local preservation efforts, combined with statewide marketing of heritage regions as tourism destinations, increase visitation to cultural and historic sites and bring more dollars to Texas communities. This in turn supports the THC's mission to protect and preserve the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information, visit

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