"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…"
"I like to look through the lace photos on mojalbum.com: Klekljanje
My family is originally from Vihre and I still have cousins down there and in Ljubljana. Unfortunately, it's been 7 years since I was last in…"
"So I tried working those corners with the Cluny method you described (no pin, just lots and lots of tensioning) but it was still not coming out the way I wanted. The 3rd pair's double twists were getting lost in the center of the…"
"My kitchen scale stops at 16oz and my bathroom scale isn't fine enough... if I had to guesstimate, my pillow with a few pairs of bobbins hung on it is no more than 4-5 pounds, max. Probably closer to 3-4. Not as heavy as a 5lb bag…"
"I should weigh my bolster to see how heavy it is. I bought it from The Lacemaker when she was still in business. The density is good, but it's not too heavy or bulky - it is completely stuffed with wood shavings. I carry it…"
"Lorelei, thanks for the suggestion - I'll try it tonight! The pricking does not indicate the need for a pin at this point, but perhaps I can put it into the corner rather than between the threads. It hadn't crossed my mind that…"
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?
More Bobbin Lace
Tell us more about your lace interests.
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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