November 17th, 2013
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.
November 14th, 2013
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.
November 7th, 2013
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.
October 31st, 2013
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.
Thread is DMC size 50 in ecru.
October 29th, 2013
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.
October 28th, 2013
CRLG hosted Lace Days in Bethesda, MD.
It was a wonderful day, I got to meet up with people I have met online.
There were several mini-workshops.
I took the hyperbolic tatting taught by Tamara Webb.
There were some wonderful displays of lace.
The Lace Queen from Germany came to speak to us about lace.
The crown she is wearing was designed and made by her.
Oh yeah…..can’t forget the vendor swag!!
October 23rd, 2013
October 20th, 2013
Lesson 2 of “Teach Yourself Torchon Lace” by Eunice Arnold was a fun to work.
It took a bit longer to get the set up correct.
I was following the directions as I went along, but you need to read each section completely.
The author will add instructions further down that needs to be done in the beginning of the steps.
I am very pleased with how much I am learning.
This pattern was great as a beginners piece because you actually make a piece lace.
October 14th, 2013
On August 27th, 2013 Tamara from Queen Anne’s Lace taught me how to make a snake in bobbin lace.
The pattern was pretty simple and it was enough to get me hooked.
Jean from the same lace group gave me a pillow to start with and a couple of beginners books.
They are amazing women and masters at their crafts, so I couldn’t be in better hands.
I have started on my own this weekend with a book “Teach Yourself Torchon Lace” by Eunice Arnold
Here is Lesson 1: