November 17th, 2013
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.
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.