"Dee and Shirley,
I, too, taught myself bobbin lace since there were no teachers or resources near me.
The 2 books that really got me started on the right path were Gilian Dye's Beginning Bobbin Lace (once very expensive on Amazon, but I…"
For just starting out, your sample looks very good! I would suggest angling your pins away from the lace so that you can tension against them. (see photo link) The rest is just going to be a question of practice…"
"Elizabeth - Amen, sister! My primary pillow is my bolster, but I have 5 cookies I use for teaching, a big rectangular pillow, a bolster in progress, and a Princess machine! Right now I'm experimenting with teaching kits that use…"
"Welcome to the addictive world of Bobbin Lace! I see you purchased the Lacis kit; it's not bad for just starting out, although I find the foam pillow a bit too thin (although it does fit into my airplane carry-on!) and the bobbins too…"
"I, too, understand. I taught myself bobbin lace from books (and using Jo's site)since I could find no teachers. I love connecting with other lacers and can do so a couple times a year at different events we travel to (nothing local…"
"Jo, your website has been translated into at least a couple different languages online. I don't know if you did this, or if other have, but you might be able to augment your glossary by looking at those sites. Also, Gertrude…"
"Fans are fun! I don't know if this is similar to the one you're working on, but perhaps this will help you see how they come together. The pink pair are the workers, and I traced their path in purple (ignore the pink at the…"
"I travel with my bolster pillow frequently, but I just put it to bed with a cover cloth and elastic band to hold the cloth and bobbins in place, and carry it in a fabric market basket. I also have a large cookie that came with a…"
"I understand about having a lot of irons in the fire. They say that you cannot die until you complete a certain percentage of the projects you begin. If that's true, I'm immortal!
I, too, love colors. While I…"
"I tend to spin very fine as well, although I'm planning to use some handspun wool as gimp in a piece soon. If history is what you are after, try finding some flax to spin. It takes a different technique than cotton or…"
"Dawn, do you mean the open squares / grid-looking area? If so, that's known by a few different names depending on which book you're reading or who you ask - double stitch, whole stitch and twist, cloth stitch and twist, whole…"
"Depending on the pattern I'm working, it's not unusual for me to be putting sets of bobbins over the back of my bolster to keep them out of the way while I'm working a different section. I can keep them in order…"
"Good news! The Bridget M Cook and Metka Tratnik book Idrija Lace has been reprinted! It's been out of print for a while, and used copies on Amazon have been running about $350 USD. I just received my copy, which was £31.50…"
"Wow...just wow on the tallies. Like many lacers, tallies are my bane (them and picots). I do mine on the bolster, too, but I just cannot get them to come out right. I am interested in the fact that she really…"
What is your primary lace interest? Check more than one.
lace maker, lace historian, lace teacher
What kinds of lace do you make or collect?
What kinds of lace do you want to learn?
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My family is from the country of Slovenia, which has a rich history with bobbin lace. In addition, I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and through that a fiber artisan. After years of wanting to learn, I taught myself bobbin lace last year with the help of some books and websites, and it has become a wonderful obsession. I am just a beginner still, and look forward to learning more from the ILOI community.
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