a doily (or doilie) is an ornamental mat, originally the name of a fabric made by doiley, a 17th century london draper. doily earlier meant "genteel, affordable woolens", evidently from the same source. this according to wikipedia. doilies are also among the most useless of decorative objects. but no more! i spent a weekend pinning a bunch of doilies onto a hanes boys' undershirt ($9.99 for a pack of 5), and then stitching them on by hand. louise is modeling.