I secured the doily to the bag with a double border of closed feather stitch.I also overlay some of the crocheted medallions with a few lace flowers that were stitched to a bridesmaid's dress I wore in 1970 (or was it 1969?). The dress is long gone but I kept the lace flowers (and some of the fabric). These, I think, are the very last.
For this bag, I wanted to try out some of the lattice stitches from Mary Corbet's Lattice Sampler.
This piece is battlement couching - filled in with shades of pink and the top layer couched down.
The one to the left has a similar purple fill, adjacent to it is crossed on the diagonal in a variety of colours.
I have tried to link each fill to the next one with a colour carry-over.
I used perle thread for most of this work and couched a bundle of threads in feather stitch as a border around the whole thing, adding a couple of lace butterflies for good measure.
This one is lined in a tiny floral and has a cotton lace edging. From the way Niamh walked around with it on Christmas Day, I think she thought it was OK.