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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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Administrator replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Lovely fan."
Aug 11
Laurie Elliott replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Clever idea and lovely lace.  If someone wants to color the base, it would need to be something that won't rub off on the thread.  Marker on plastic might be undependable. Unfortunately, the bases of the pizzas we eat are…"
Aug 11
Barbara Gordon replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Your fan is gorgeous.   I've yet to make one and I have everything to do so, just been tatting for about a year and now I want to get back into bobbin lace.  Seeing your fan really makes me want to even more.   I don't like…"
Jul 23
Jo Edkins replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"For anyone who's interested, the finished fan. There is more than one background as it is tricky to photograph."
Jul 23
Jo Edkins replied to Nathalie G Smith's discussion Reading patterns in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"There are conventions for certain stitches. But generally you have to learn on patterns which DO describe what to do, then apply your knowledge to others. It also helps if you have a photo of the lace. I'm sure people on this forum would help…"
Jul 21
Jo Edkins replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"I don't find a problem myself with white on white. I've done plenty of patterns that way. In fact, the thread is fawn, so it's better than usual. But the pizza base is actually covered by the pattern - there's only a thin strip…"
Jul 21
Barbara Gordon replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"I would definitely use one of those Magic Markers and make the background blue or whatever color your eyes could adapt to. I like and use the blue all the time if there is no way I could first print the pattern on blue paper in the beginning.…"
Jul 21
Administrator replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Clever idea. But I would imagine that the white background makes the white thread hard to see."
Jul 21
Jo Edkins replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"That was why I decided to pass the idea on, because I thought it could be adapted to other large scale patterns. The idea of having a pin pillow on top of a bobbin pillow, as it were. And that these pizza bases - well, I don't know if they are…"
Jul 21
Denise Botkin replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Sounds quite resourceful to me!  Glad it is working and if I ever do a fan will keep it in mind.  Thinking it would work for some larger collars or doilies too."
Jul 21
Barbara Gordon replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Using a pizza base to make a lace fan... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"I myself haven't made a fan yet, but I always say, whatever works.  You have quite a bit of it done already and you said with no problems.   I myself would say...continue.  you are almost half way though already and it looks good…"
Jul 21
Jo Edkins added a discussion to the group Bobbinlace Beginners
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Using a pizza base to make a lace fan...

I have been experimenting with a new (to me) technique for a big pattern. I wondered if anyone else would be interested?I am doing a fan. The pattern would fit on my pillow, but a fan pattern is in a curve, so the bobbins would have to hang in all sorts of awkward directions. After eating a supermarket pizza, I discovered that it was resting on a thin polystyrene base. So I wondered what would happen if I rested it on my normal lace pillow. A fan is a half circle, so I cut the base in two,…See More
Jul 21
Jo Edkins replied to Dee Dove's discussion Hello all.... in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Now you'll have to try a pattern! This one is extremely simple, and it means you'll learn about footsides. http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/pat3.htm Footsides are the straight edge of lace - where you sew it onto material. They are shown…"
Jul 4
Jo replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Indexes for 'A Lace Guide for Makers and Collectors' by Gertrude Whiting in the group Identification-History
"That is exactly one of the purposes of GroundForge: make variations on existing grounds. Morphing is one parameter, when following the link to tread/pair diagrams you can vary stitches for a neutral morph. With the thread diagrams you can analyse…"
Jul 2
Jo Edkins replied to Jo Edkins's discussion I've put 'A Lace Guide for Makers and Collectors' by Gertrude Whiting on my website, with decent indexes in the group Bobbinlace Beginners
"Someone on the Lace Identification forum has told me of Gertrude Whiting''s index! https://www2.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books/whiting.jpg You probably knew about that, (I didn't!) I'm repeating it here in case anyone is…"
Jul 2
Jo Edkins replied to Jo Edkins's discussion Indexes for 'A Lace Guide for Makers and Collectors' by Gertrude Whiting in the group Identification-History
"Sorry, I don't feel like linking to the thread patterns. Partly because I am exhausted! As people have said, it's quite a lot of work. Figuring out which pattern corresponded to which thread pattern (for 145 patterns!) would be too much…"
Jul 2

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What is your primary lace interest? 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 April 6, 2013, Administrator said…

Jo:  your advertisement is in exactly the right place.

At 5:50pm on April 5, 2013, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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