Robin DeSpain
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Buying-selling-marketplace-exchange
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As I spend my Birthday money I'm am stuck once again as the crazy high prices of some lace books.  The two Milanese books by Patricia Read are now going for $750 - $850.  I don't know of any lace…Continue

Tags: tatting shuttles, lace pillows, lace tools, lace bobbins, lace equipment for sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karla Barraza Dec 16, 2014.

Hiding Ends
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I have been tatting for a long time and can hide my ends quite well.  Bobbin lace is a whole other thing.  Most of what I've done is tape lace and you just sort of tuck the threads under and starch…Continue

Tags: thread, sewings, finishing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Administrator Oct 17, 2012.

Thread change vs altering pricking
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I would love advise on a thread issue I'm having.  There are a couple Milanese patter I want to do.  The instructions say Copley Marshall 80.  I don't have that thread nor can I find it.  Frankly I…Continue

Tags: size, thread

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karla Barraza Oct 9, 2012.

 

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Barbara Gordon replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Bobbin Types in the group Tools and Equipment
"I find that my bobbins will come untwisted even with the square ones.  What I find that helps is when you go to twist it first before you put it on the bobbin to hold it, I always twist it two or sometimes three times instead.  It depends…"
Jun 14, 2015
Fern Moore replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Bobbin Types in the group Tools and Equipment
"The only problem I have with continental bobbins is that some of my threads become untwisted after a while because of the rolling.  I'm thinking about switching to the square ones because of this.  I haven't tried spangles but I…"
Jun 13, 2015
Barbara Gordon replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Bobbin Types in the group Tools and Equipment
"The square ones are now my favorites.  I have plenty of the other kinds to including my spangles which are in a different category anyway."
May 27, 2015
Robin DeSpain commented on Barbara Gordon's photo
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Doily...

"Permission to squee?"
Apr 30, 2015
Robin DeSpain commented on Paula Harten's photo
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"I realize that this is a many years old post, but I've started to learn an old hand weaving style (card weaving) And these look a lot like some of the tools I'm learning to use. A version of a shuttle, weaving pick, and maybe beater."
Apr 30, 2015
Karla Barraza replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Buying-selling-marketplace-exchange
Dec 16, 2014
Selena Marie Joosten replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Bobbin Types in the group Tools and Equipment
"These spangled bobbins are my own that i spangled myself will a limitless supply of beads. A lady told me just to get them as they were the only ones to choose from at the time and i was so lucky to get them, a local craft shop called Hands sold…"
Jan 24, 2014
Administrator replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Bobbin Types in the group Tools and Equipment
"Your point about the size of the bobbin's head is well taken. I hadn't thought of that -- for laces with lots of bobbins, you want narrow heads, so they fit next to each other better."
Jan 24, 2014
Helen Astle replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Bobbin Types in the group Tools and Equipment
"Hello, As a Flemish lace maker I enjoyed reading your comments on which bobbins to use. Each one had a good reason but there are rules we apply to use the right bobbin for the right lace.  I agree that one should feel comfortable about using a…"
Jan 24, 2014
Robin DeSpain commented on Administrator's group Tatting
"This was posted on the Intatters site and I thought I would pass along the news. Jan Stawasz, amazing tatting designer, has passed away."
Nov 27, 2013
Jayne Elizabeth Shepherd commented on Robin DeSpain's blog post The Comfort of Lace
"It is good to read how lace making has helped you. It is a wonderful way of slowing down in the fast paced lives we lead and by slowing down and being still there is the chance of healing. May God bless you."
Nov 22, 2013
Administrator replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Bobbin Types in the group Tools and Equipment
"I use modern Danish bobbins for just about everything.  I started with those because they are relatively cheap, and I have never had lots of money to throw around.  They work well for the thread sizes I like best -- linen 40/2, 60/2,…"
Nov 22, 2013
Ruth H Tanner replied to Robin DeSpain's discussion Bobbin Types in the group Tools and Equipment
"Hi  All  I want to remind you why we have so many kinds of bobbins, I think it is because of all of the different kinds of lace and pillows.I think each kind bobbin and pillow was developed  for the lace it was…"
Nov 21, 2013
Robin DeSpain replied to Shirley L. Hays's discussion Different Methods of Shuttle Tatting in the group Tatting
"The knot does not care how it is made. - PattyD  Best thing I ever heard.  I had a very similar experience early in my tatting life.  Then, the people at InTatters helped me realize that I shouldn't let some puffer rain on my…"
Jun 18, 2013
Robin DeSpain commented on Laila Miller Albertsen's photo
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Bonnet for baptism

"How sweet.  The bonnet's nice too. *smiles*"
May 30, 2013
Robin DeSpain commented on Administrator's group Tatting
"Actually Georgia I'm holding off on sharing.  I've made a goal of publishing a book of more advanced bookmarks... or at least ones that are more complex looking.  When I'm all done I will probably make one available for…"
May 29, 2013

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What is your primary lace interest? Check more than one.
lace maker, lace teacher
What kinds of lace do you make or collect?
tatting, Idrija, Milanese. some crochet, & needle lace
What kinds of lace do you want to learn?
Other kinds of bobbin, Pag, Knitting.
Your blog, if you have one
http://linenandleaf.blogspot.com/
Tell us more about your lace interests.
Just love making lace. I don't care if it's the "correct" or the "traditional" way to do it. As PattyD once said, "the knot doesn't care how it's made".
For me lace is about enjoying my time and making something beautiful out of a bit of thread and patience.

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The Comfort of Lace

Lace has been a wonderful distraction and comfort this last week.  My father died suddenly.  The whole clan came together and we got things done, but I found that I needed quiet time in order to deal with my loss. DH made sure I got it (and that I ate). He's a saint!

As I found moments here and there I would pull out my tatting or if at home I would sit and work at my pillow.  I was surprised at how much a comfort I felt in the simple act of moving pairs back and forth or the flow of…

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Posted on January 15, 2013 at 3:20pm — 6 Comments

Thank You Father Chrsitmas!

Had a low key Christmas  - illness will do that.  But, in amongst the Avenger's Lego set and the stunning jewelry DH gave me I found 30 new bobbins to be spangled.  I shall now have to brave the Boxing day crowds to get proper spangling beads.

I may have to try and design an Loki / Avengers lace piece - just for a challenge.

I hope the holidays were pleasant for everyone.

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

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At 6:06pm on February 9, 2012, Administrator said…

Robin

Welcome.  The policies here are much the same as for NEEDLELACETALK, except that we accept any form of handmade lace.  Nice to have you.  Contact me if you have questions.

Lorelei    aka     "ioli"

 
 
 

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