Arlene Cohen
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  • Plainsboro, NJ
  • United States

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Arlene Cohen replied to Arlene Cohen's discussion Lace coasters in the group Identification-History
"Thank you, all of you, for your insights - really appreciate it!  I love seeing Jo's identical lace piece in particular.  Lorelei, I'm intrigued by your doubt about these being Chinese made.  I agree - they seemed to be lace…"
Dec 2
Lorelei Halley Administrator replied to Arlene Cohen's discussion Lace coasters in the group Identification-History
"This is definitely hand made bobbin lace. The design is, I think, a variant of the "monkey motif" used to teach the basic elements of Flanders lace. It would be about the 5th or 6th piece a student would make in that style. Here is another…"
Dec 2
Jo Edkins replied to Arlene Cohen's discussion Lace coasters in the group Identification-History
"Compare this:http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/lace121.htmThat was described to me as Flanders lace, and the date as late 19th to early 20th c. The pattern on my piece is called "the ape" and several variants of that pattern…"
Dec 2
Karen Thompson replied to Arlene Cohen's discussion Lace coasters in the group Identification-History
"At the Smithsonian Museum we have a collection of around 50? Samples of handmade lace made in China. I think they were made before 1910. (I am in New Zealand at the moment and am answering from memory, not my notes) A few years ago when visiting…"
Dec 1
Arlene Cohen added a discussion to the group Identification-History
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Lace coasters

A friend of mine bought these "lace coasters" (as they were labeled) at a thrift shop in Phoenix, a set of 10 of them for $5 (all identical).  They came wrapped with a piece of tissue paper with a sticker that says "Robinsons Los Angeles", a now closed department store.  They certainly look like handmade bobbin lace to me.  They are about 5 1/2" in diameter, with the lace being about one inch wide. There are stickers on most of them that say "made in China."  I am curious to know if anyone…See More
Dec 1
Elizabeth Ligeti commented on Arlene Cohen's photo
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Russian Tape Lace piece

"That looks very nice.  Sylvie is a good teacher isn't she? I was in her class a few years ago, at Salt Lake city."
Aug 11, 2016
Lorelei Halley Administrator commented on Arlene Cohen's photo
Aug 9, 2016
Arlene Cohen posted a photo

Russian Tape Lace piece

My finished piece from recent IOLI Convention class in Indianapolis (US) with teacher Sylvie Nguyen
Aug 8, 2016
Elizabeth Ligeti commented on Arlene Cohen's photo
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a finish!

"Wow! this is stunning. Very well done."
Jul 4, 2016
Arlene Cohen commented on Arlene Cohen's photo
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a finish!

"You nailed it on the Roseground - ctt pin ctt.  Ulrike based this lace on three pieces of black lace she found in Barjac and studied and analyzed and then created patterns based on.  The book is fantastic - both her history/analysis of the…"
Jun 19, 2016
Lorelei Halley Administrator commented on Arlene Cohen's photo
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a finish!

"Very interesting. The background mesh stumped me at first. Is it ctt pin ctt?  And are the solid lines laid onto the mesh, or is the mesh sewn onto each solid line?"
Jun 19, 2016
Arlene Cohen posted a photo

a finish!

pattern is from Ulrike Voelcker's marvelous book "Barjac Ombree"
Jun 19, 2016
Arlene Cohen commented on Lorelei Halley Administrator's group Point Ground Laces
"Yes, Lorelei, my picture - taken at the exhibit area of the IOLI Convention this past August in Coralville, IN"
Nov 29, 2015
Arlene Cohen commented on Lorelei Halley Administrator's group Point Ground Laces
"Close up of the Miss Channer's mat by Jo Ann Pruitt"
Nov 29, 2015
Arlene Cohen commented on Lorelei Halley Administrator's group Point Ground Laces
"There was a finished "Miss Channer's Mat" on display at the 2015 IOLI Convention this past summer, worked by Jo Ann Pruitt."
Nov 29, 2015
Arlene Cohen replied to Sally Olsen's discussion Beginner Scarf in Torchon Ground in the group Torchon
"I am just so enchanted by all of this - thank you so much for sharing such a lovely project!  It feels so very doable and will make me keep my eye out for some special yarn in the future"
Nov 25, 2015

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I love many types of bobbin lace, including Bucks, Honiton, Torchon, etc. So many projects yet to be created! I also do a bit of tatting.

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At 5:31pm on December 9, 2013, Arlene Cohen said…

I was making this ball when I was at a lace class/retreat in Vermont.  Everyone was contributing their thoughts how on to keep in steady.  I know I tried various types of long, ball-head pins (like quilting ones), but no one had anything close to a 4 inch needle handy.  Still not sure how steady it would get even with something like that.  It would never be the same as working on a pillow - the idea was and still is intriguing, but the reality was not that exciting.  Must remember to get a picture to share.

Will you (Sue and Lorelei) see this response when I just comment on my wall?????

At 2:16pm on December 9, 2013, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

I was thinking the same thing.  I've got some needles with eyes, and the needles are about 4 inches long.  I think they were intended for making soft sculptures or stuffed dolls and such.  I use them for pin brakes on my roller pillows.

At 12:19pm on December 9, 2013, Paula Harten said…

Arlene,

I am also intrigued by the lace balls , as I have made quite a few needle lace ornaments worked over glass or clear plastic balls.  

I looked at the instructions online and am now wondering, since you said wedging was not enough to keep the ball from rolling, if one could put some  very long pins (hat pins or very fine lace knitting needles? ) through the ball and into the pillow.  It would not damage the working area of the pillow and a few extra holes in the styrofoam should not affect the working of the lace.

At 4:47am on November 14, 2013, Selena Marie Joosten said…
Congratulations on your new roller pillow, I have just ordered and received my new roller pillow, I too was anxious to start a project, so decided to do a straight piece of lace with only 13 bobbins and two gimps, I think it is a good idea to first do something simple as it's amazing to find out how the roller goes around, mine has a turn of about one inch before it clicks back into place. I tell you the bobbins now behave so well as the shape and material the pillow is made of makes doing lace so much easier! Maybe doing a trail straight piece will give you hands on answers on how you are going to cope with the corner and style of lace that you have chosen, if you have a way of posting part of the pattern you are thinking of doing then it would be easier to tell if you can do this on your roller pillow. I know there are pillows made for doing corners and squares that the sections of the pillow or blocks can be changed or moved, but I,m sure corners can be done on roller pillows. After struggling with hand made pillows it is such a pleasure using my new roller pillow.
At 12:24pm on July 11, 2013, Jean Leader said…

Soie ovale is a floss silk and I expect it will be added to or with the cotton thread as the worker pair in the flower petals to fill them out. Think of blonde lace where the petals with added floss silk worker pair really stand out against a delicate background. 

When I took a Cluny de Brioude class at IOLI in Montreal we added single bobbins of soie ovale for petal tallies but I can't remember at the moment how we did this - I'll try and find my notes.

At 2:43pm on February 5, 2012, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Arlene

Welcome.  Please read all the NOTES, which explain our policies, and how the software works.  Join whatever groups interest you.  Post some photos of your lace.  If you have any questions, contact me and I'll try to help.

Lorelei aka "ioli"

 
 
 

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