"Sadly, the Chinese-made linen is very poor quality, partly because of the same issues that Jenny mentioned with low pay, but also because flax doesn't grow well in China, and what they do grow is inferior stuff."
"That's probably true, although with China becoming more prosperous and modern a lot of that work has moved to India, and they produce inferior work compared with the Chinese. What is really beautful is Chinese work from the early 20th century.…"
"Lorelei there is a lot of cheap Chinese made embroideries In Australia. They are beautiful in there own right, and someone certainly has the skills to do it. I just feel sorry for them because they get paid so little. The same thing happened in the…"
"My two cents worth, I think it has been hand made out of China for commercial sale. Personally the pencil marks are an indication, they are specifically following the grain of the fabric. Not sure a machine would do that, especially so many. A…"
"I don't see any reason to think it is machine made. I would say, definitely hand made.
But there are problems I can't answer. The 2 red lines show an area between them which has some threads withdrawn. But I don't see any…"
"The satin stitch, when enlarged all the way, looks slightly uneven. The cutwork, on the other hand, even in the enlargements I can't make out the stitches. The border definitely looks handmade. I've seen the pencil mark effect on other…"
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?????
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.
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.
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.
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.
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