If you tend to envision prim tablecloths and old-fashioned doilies when you think of crocheting, Desiree’s work will change your mind. For starters, it’s three-dimensional. She creates vibrant lace bowls that are not only graphic but also sturdy and functional. Desiree uses a mixture of sugar and water to stiffen the 100% cotton thread, and when she’s done with the drying process, the lace bowls are durable enough to be used as a fruit basket, jewelry catchall, candy bowl, or to store bathroom soaps and hand towels, for example.
Desiree, who works as an oncology social worker, started really getting into crocheting when she was put on bed rest during her pregnancy. She enjoyed making lace doilies but wanted to give them a younger feel. Her creative reinterpretation is unique, functional and sculptural -- usable heirlooms for a whole new generation of crochet admirers.