Trials and tribulations of a beginner....

Hi everyone! Just wanted to use my first blog to introduce myself, and sort of state where I currently am on my lace making adventure.

A couple of weeks ago I went to Bruges for four days. Amazing place, really beautiful! But with one major problem. every other shop there is a lace shop, and I was wandering around going 'I want to learn to make this!!' By the end of the second day there, I gave in and went onto Amazon and bought the House of Dorchester Lace-making kit, which arrived the day after I got home. By the way, if you know anyone who wants to get into lacemaking, do NOT buy them that, it's rubbish! But, it was enough to get me started and hooked, and to start learning the basics while I waited for my ebay purchases of proper bobbins and pillow to arrive. I also bought Doris Southard's Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking, and I am currently working my way through each lesson. I'm only on Brussells I edging, but I'm enjoying this one, and I think I'll work on it until I have a good length (then I can actually use it) and the more I do on it, the more I'll understand the construction.

I mentioned I bought some bits from ebay - I have some modern bobbins, but I also managed to lay my hands on some antique ones too - not great quality, but it's the start of my collection. I love pretty bobbins, I think I'll be getting quite a collection as the years roll by...
I picked up a pillow quite cheaply, and the interesting thing is that it came with a pricking still attached. Of course, no instructions, and no idea how many pins to use, or even where to start pinning.... I still need written instructions, but I'm keeping the pricking until I'm a little more advanced and I have a better idea of how to start it. I might post a picture of it later, and see if anyone has any ideas - but right now I have to go to work. In the rain. (Yes, I am procrastinating....)

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 13, 2015 at 4:18pm

I learned from Doris Southard's book, too.  Bobbin lace is great fun. If you have any difficulties as you work through her book, post photos of the problem and perhaps we can help.  When I was learning I decided to work samples, each about 8 inches long. I think that with samples, you learn more techniques for the same amount of working time. Although I know there are many people who want to be able to use each piece of lace they make, and who therefore want to do projects right from the beginning.  It is a matter of personal choice.

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