I am resolving to finish 2 projects I have set up. One is a Binche learning piece, which is quite difficult for me. I am intimidated by it. The 2nd is a floral Bucks which I intend to decorate a purse. (Enlarged and worked in thick thread so it will hold up to use) This one also intimidates me. I have been using my cat as an excuse, but he has calmed down.  I keep on thinking of simple projects that won't take a lot of concentration.

What lace projects have all of you resolved on for the new yiear?


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Comment by Nancy A. Neff on January 9, 2018 at 3:54pm

I am resolved to try several things as soon as by collar bones heals and I can use my right arm again: first try nalbinding and card (tablet) weaving, then concentrate on two lace things. First is going back to the beginning of Nora Andries' Carolus Kantjes and Naar de Bron and make samples in order to be sure I'm not missing any techniques I should know (I jumped in the middle of both), in preparation for starting to make reconstructions of some of the pieces of antique Binche/old Val that I have bought. Second, I'm going to take breaks when I get overloaded and go back to working on my IOLI Point Ground proficiency portfolio. Binche and point ground are such different kinds of lace that each provides a good break from the other.

Comment by Gabriele Patzner on January 4, 2018 at 1:47pm

Ah yes, I can emphazize. That is how I feel about pattern No. 17 of Caroluskantjes. And they truly are getting more and more beautiful - and complicated the further on in the folder they are. 

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 3, 2018 at 4:03pm

My Binche project is from Syllabus Binche I by  Verbeke-Billiet set., lesson 2. Naturally the problem I have is with the connections of the snowballs to the clothwork, the corner, the transitions from one area to the next. I make some progress, then my brain gets tired and I stop. When the lace sits for too long it is like starting from the beginning. I am actually 3/4 of the way through it.

The laces at the end of Caroluskantjes are the ones that interest me most. But I think they are the difficult ones.


Comment by Gabriele Patzner on January 3, 2018 at 4:20am

Caroluskantjes 1-16 are quite manageable, I got stuck on No. 17. I'm waiting for calmer times im my home before I continue working on it. I mostly just did samples because I don't really know what to do with fine lace. Nobody would use handkerchiefs with fine lace as this and it is too much work to vanish in a drawer. I love the way the thread move in these old laces and sometimes I dream of combining the flow of threads in their motives with the airyness of Point Ground. Once I get realistic, I know that wil not happen for a long time, if ever, but it's sure something to strive for.

I tried the basics of quite a few lace styles and found out that I'll most likely never will be a friend of laces with cut threads like Duchesse, Honiton or Brugges and I always come back to Point Ground Lace.

May I ask about which Binche project you are working on?

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 1, 2018 at 4:29pm

I am also interested in the Caroluskantjes laces, but many of them look quite difficult, too. I also find geometric point ground laces relaxing. We have a lot in common.

I start the learning process on a new kind of bobbin lace by studying the books I have, looking closely at all the diagrams so I can get a sense of the chief features. They I start with the simplest lace and make samples. The early patterns in a book are not usually worth the time of making a whole project, so I usually make samples of the first few. But I keep moving around from one style to another. I don't just focus on one. A lacemaker I knew many years ago said she was trying to decide whether to do a little of everyithing or concentrate on one style. She said people only got really good at a particular style if they concentrated on just that one. Her view does seem to be bourne out by what I see on the internet. I'm not an expert at anything, but I have tried many different styles.

Comment by Gabriele Patzner on January 1, 2018 at 4:29am

A happy new year to you, too.

My projects are very similar to yours, just not as advanced. I'm trying my hand at early flemisch lace (Nora Andries, Caroluskantjes) and occasionally despair. The project I do for the fun and the beauty of it is a geometrical Tønder lace Handkerchief. I'm still a bit intimidated by floral Point Lace, but I hope to gather my courage and start some as a next point lace project.

I sometimes wonder how other lace makers go about learning new techniques, especially if it takes me a long time to get a grip on a pattern, feeling I might never ever be able to make something like this without the provided technical drawing.


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