Before and After Painted Bobbin Lace Pillow

Tamara Webb gifted me a bobbin lace pillow she made in 1985.

Thank you Tamara!!

I just love this little pillow. It’s about the cutest thing ever.

This week I painted cherry blossoms on the back and solid pink on the bottom.

I am calling it my DC pillow.

I can’t wait for the paint to dry so I can start making lace.

I also made a cute little tatted pincushion with a piece white lace Jean Hoadley had gifted me.

Thank you Jean!!

Black tatted bracelets

 My latest project has been these black tatted bracelets.

I don’t make a lot of jewelry but these were interesting.

Thread is Lizbeth size 20 in black.

Rust Oil Painting


Oil 16″ x 40″


By Shirley L Hays

It took me 21 hours over 2 days to paint this picture.

Once I started I couldn’t stop until it was finished.

White Cable Throw

This throw started out fun but it took longer than expected.

It took about 2 months to complete.

We had another big move and this is the project I worked on in my spare time.

Yarn: 2 skeins of  Lion Brand Yarns Pound of Love in 100 white.

Needle: size 10 6mm

Pattern: Cabled Classic Throw by Red Heart

Westminster Hat

Westminster Hat is a pattern by Bobbi Intveld.

Yarn used was Royal Petites by Blue Sky Alpacas.

The color is 1700 – Cafe Au Lait.

This yarn is very soft and wonderful to work with.

The pattern was super easy to follow.

I am excited about my new hat!

My first needle lace piece

Starting from an article in PieceWork magazine May/June 2009 issue and two online forums Needle Lace Talk and Lynxlace  I was able to create my first piece of needle lace.

There are lots of mistakes but then it is my first time trying this type of lace making.

I started working the lace by holding it my hands.

It was a little awkward so I made a lace pillow.

The pillow is made by rolling cotton quilt batting tightly.  Then I measured my roll and sewed a covering.

A large knitting needle is used to lift the area being worked.

It seemed to go faster on the pillow since both hands could work the lace.

The method I used for the tracing thread left too much slack or I didn’t have my tension correct.

Either way it was hard to work with and will do the couching method next time.

After the piece is done I cut away the threads between the paper pattern and fabric.

Once the lace is removed from the paper pattern I took a pair of tweezers and removed all the tiny threads from the back.

Torchon Lace Workshop


Last weekend I took a Torchon Lace Workshop by Karen Thompson.

There is nothing like a challenge so I choose a pattern of stitches I had no idea how to work.

Talk about jumping ahead, it was hard.

Only toward the end of the pattern did it all click and come together.

I will work this pattern again so I have a correct version to compare.

This is the second pattern I chose to work.  It has a gimp which was something else I didn’t know how to work.

It’s still on my pillow waiting for me to finish.

This pattern was much easier than the first.

Teach Yourself Torchon Lace: Lesson 4

Learning this has been a lot of fun.  This book is pretty awesome.

“Teach Yourself Torchon Lace” by Eunice Arnold

 I am getting pretty excited to learn Bedfordshire lace.

I have a beginners book that is calling my name.

Honey Napkin Row 8

I am slowly working on the Honey Napkin.

Row 8 is complete. Hopefully I will have time this weekend to start row 9.

Pattern is by Renulek.

She has the steps on her blog Tatting, Tatting, Chiacchierino.

Here are the links to each row.

Honey Napkin

Row 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18

Thread is DMC size 50 in ecru.

Hyperbolic Tatting

CLRG hosted Lace Day in Bethesday, MD.

They offered several mini-workshops.

Tamara taught hyperbolic tatting. She is a great teacher, showing us three different methods.

I am still working on the technique of hyperbolic tatting on a ring.

How to do Hyperbolic Tatting by Patty Dowden.

I made a brooch using 2 of the techniques.