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Query about History of Dutch Lace
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I have to give a talk about one of the Dutch Lacemaker paintings. I know of over a dozen of these paintings, by different artists. Vermeer's is the most famous. They were all painted about 1655-1673,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carolina de la Guardia Aug 17, 2013.

 

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Jo Edkins replied to Mary Mangan's discussion Not a lace ID: looking for a pillow style in the group Identification-History
"It looks to me as if it is a type of bolster pillow - i.e. you pin the pattern round it, and turn the pillow to work it. The end carvings are beautiful but irrelevant. "
Sep 8
Jo Edkins replied to Fey's discussion IOLI Introduction to Bobbin Lace Book - first project in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Ver https://www.theedkins.co.uk/jo/lace/sthalf.htm Girar significa girar ambas bobinas (¡Perdón por el traductor de Google!)"
Aug 27
Jo Edkins replied to Mary Schaefer's discussion Help identifying old lace in the group Identification-History
"In Mary Schaefer's Photos (12) I thought that these were filet:Antique lace 4Antique lace 9Antique lace 11 I'm not sure about Antique lace 2. It has that very regular look that I associate with filet,, but it's very filled in,…"
Jul 9
Jo Edkins replied to Mary Schaefer's discussion Help identifying old lace in the group Identification-History
"I'm not an expert, but I think most of the pieces are crochet. Modern crochet is often done with coloured wool, so looks superficially different, but the stitches are the…"
Jul 9
Jo Edkins replied to Tom Tucker's discussion HOW TO SEW LACE INSERTIONS TOGETHER in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"First of all, don't worry too much about the look. As a lacemaker, you're used to zooming in on the details. Most people don't notice - honest!When I sew lace, I try to push the needle through an existing pinhole in the lace - whether…"
May 31
Jo Edkins replied to Trinity's discussion Winding the Bobbins in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"That will just produce - well - a plait! The result doesn't look very impressive, but you have to wind bobbins, hang them, do stitches, tighten threads... And it's not entirely pointless. The style of lace called Bedfordshire or English…"
Mar 17
Jo Edkins replied to Fey's discussion IOLI Introduction to Bobbin Lace Book - first project in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Yup! You've just met half stitch! That notoriously "splits up the bobbins". Some beginners try to avoid half stitch when they start. It is SO comforting to be able to check that the bobbins are in their pairs, and you…"
Mar 17
Jo Edkins replied to Trinity's discussion Winding the Bobbins in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"If I need to wind on a small amount of thread on a bobbin, then I start with a slip knot round the bobbin. That makes it easier to wind, and if it does come undone, at least your bobbin doesn't fall off! (It's also useful to do if you…"
Mar 17
Jo Edkins replied to Hazel Roots's discussion Joining the End to the Beginning in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"I think so. You presumably have got three pairs on the same pin at the start. Lift the pin out and replace it with three pins, right next to each other. Then join the equivalent ending pair.But you may be worrying too much about this! First of all,…"
Feb 17
Jo Edkins replied to Hazel Roots's discussion Joining the End to the Beginning in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Essentially, you're joining one pair at the end to one pair at the beginning. So there should be three pairs that you're trying to join. Add another pin or two to separate out the three pairs into more than one group."
Feb 17
Jo Edkins replied to Trinity's discussion A couple of questions in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Thread slipping off bobbins - You can try doing two half hitches. Makes it harder to unwind the thread, but they're less likely to slip off. Some threads slip off more than others. I'm sure that spangles don't make a difference.…"
Feb 5
Jo Edkins replied to Trinity's discussion Winding the Bobbins in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"I measure thread by unwinding enough thread to either stretch from my nose to my hands (arm out-stretched), or from one hand to the other (arms outstretched), or for a very short piece, from nose to elbow. Don't cut this piece off! Leave it on…"
Jan 29
Jo Edkins replied to Mary Mangan's discussion How to treat a finished item? in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"When you sew your piece on, you can try to sew into some of the pin holes in the lace, especially at the edge, where the pairs change direction. That means, if the lace gets pulled away from the clothing in any way (which tends to happen when you…"
Sep 8, 2020
Jo Edkins commented on Lorelei Halley Administrator's group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Hi Lorelei, and anyone else who uses my webpages.My web address has changed recently. Could you please change all references from www.gwydir.demon.co.uk to www.theedkins.co.uke.g.  http://www.theedkins.co.uk/jo/lace/index.htmand…"
May 6, 2020
Jo Edkins commented on Lorelei Halley Administrator's group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Could you send a picture? If you mean the 16 century book le Pompe, those are hardly lace patterns for beginners!"
Mar 17, 2020
Jo Edkins commented on Lorelei Halley Administrator's group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Carla Mae Boyles - first you need to know how to start a pattern. Some patterns help you (for example by saying how many pairs per starting pin has) others don't.I've got a website about making lace…"
Mar 17, 2020

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What is your primary lace interest? Feel free to check more than one.
lace maker, collector, lace historian
What kinds of lace do you make or collect?
Torchon, Downton, Bucks Point, English Midland
What kinds of lace do you want to learn?
Various - when I have time!
Your personal website, if you have one.
http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/index.htm
Tell us more about your lace interests.
I got fascinated by bobbin lace when 5 years old seeing a lacemaker in Bruges. I taught myself to make lace from books a couple of decades ago. I made a website with free patterns for lace, plus how to make lace, because I found it so hard myself to learn from books.
Give us titles of lace books or articles you have written, that you want us to know about.
I have written two e-books, available from Amazon. I'm afraid that you can only read them using a Kindle or something with a Kindle app, such as an iPad. They are:
How to make Bobbin Lace
Bobbin Lace Stitches and Techniques - a reference book of the basics

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At 3:00pm on February 5, 2019, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Jo
I did receive your message, but have not yet corrected it on laceioli. Since Christmas eve I have had half my apartment in darkness. Every time I tried to use my computer everything went dark, and I was afraid to damage the memory. So I have been offline for most of January. Just 2 days ago I decided to move my whole computer desk to another wall where I do have reliable power. I wasn't ignoring you (don't ever think that), I just couldn't go online to fix your links. I will do that before the week ends.
Lorelei

At 4:51pm on January 18, 2018, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Jo - the lace identification additions to your website are very well done. A real plus and a good resource.

At 3:00pm on April 6, 2013, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Jo:  your advertisement is in exactly the right place.

At 5:50pm on April 5, 2013, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Jo, I have an answer.  There are 2 places you can post notices about your ebooks.  And I think you should use both.

First:  Everyone has the option of posting a permanent link to books they have written.

Look in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  There is a box with your name on it.  Click on SETTINGS.  That takes you to your profile page.  It contains all your answers to the sign-up questions.  Look at the last question.  It asks about books you have written, and where they may be obtained.  You can add the titles of your books there, along with links to the website.

You can go to that page and edit anything you have posted there, at any time.  If you write more books, you can add them.  Don't forget to SAVE.

Second:

We have a discussion in FORUM, which will be there permanently.  It is about our members wanting to buy or wanting to sell.  You can post a comment there describing your books.    http://laceioli.ning.com/forum/topics/sugestion-marketplace-exchange  

You can post links to the website where they may be obtained.

At 5:37pm on April 5, 2013, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Jo

Absolutely you can advertize your ebooks here on laceioli.  Let me think a few hours about the best way to do it.

At 2:06pm on February 8, 2012, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Jo and Devon

Jo I had thought you might have more contact with individual students.  What might that will use Devon's ideas as well, would be for me to start a discussion which will include Jo's url in its description.  And I'll explain how anyone who wants help with her lesson material can put the questions there.  Once I get it set up, you might want to put  a direct link to that particular discussion onto your website, inviting those using your work to ask their questions in our discussion area.  This is an opportunity to CREATE more back and forth with students using your site.

At 6:11pm on February 7, 2012, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Jo, you are definitely allowed to mention your website.  But we already have included it among our ONLINE RESOURCES page in the BEGINNERS group.  I want to offer you the opportunity to use our site to converse with your students, whenever they contact you with questions.  They would have to join laceioli in order to be able to ask questions.  And all of their questions and your answers would be public.

My question now is what is the best way to set this up.  I could set up a separate group for those using your website.  Or I could create a DISCUSSION in the BEGINNERS GROUP devoted to your website and conversations about it.  I can also set up some links on the opening page of laceioli to make your section easy to find. 

I would like it to be possible for other experienced lacemakers also to answer questions about material on your website, if they are so inclined and if you don't object.

At 2:34pm on February 7, 2012, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

Jo

I've told you before that I think your lace lessons, with those cute little animated stitches, are wonderful.  If you want to use laceioli to communicate with your students about details they are having trouble with, please do.  Just tell your students to join and you can have back and forth communication with them, with pictures.  Please visit our BOBBINLACE BEGINNGERS group.  We have only just started so there isn't much to see just yet.  I'm trying to set up a lesson for braided/plaited lace, but it isn't ready yet.

Lorelei Halley    aka    "ioli"

At 12:34pm on February 7, 2012, Tatman said…

Jo,

Welcome.  Please read all the NOTES.  They 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.

Mark, aka Tatman(co-administrator)

 
 
 

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