Hi Barbara! Thank for your welcome! I make contemporary needle lace with representative motifs (flowers, birds, etc). I started making needle lace in 2013, but haven't done any in a while since my dressmaking and other sewing have taken much of my time. However, I'm still very interested in lace, and I've joined this group to expand my knowledge about bobbin lace and other forms that I don't make but want to be able to identify. I am also a member of Needle Lace Talk, another Ning group that Lorelei Halley runs.
The way I got into tatting was circular to say the least. I think I remember my Nana tatting when I was growing up but when we cleared her house we never came across any shuttles; half a houseful of other stuff but no shuttles. So perhaps my memory is wrong.
Some years later I went on holiday in Devon and had a go on a practice bobbin lace pillow. I enjoyed it but had no inclination at that stage to learn the craft. Move on a few years again and I was going to visit a friend in Wiltshire and tagged it on to a weekend tatting course. The course was cancelled but they said I could learn lace making. I agreed.
Back home, it turned out my Mum's best friend went to a lace class - I never knew she made lace. I enrolled on to the class and did a year's beginner's class. I was encouraged to do the City and Guilds course which as you probably know included tatting as one of the skills. So I got there in the end!
I've only just started trying to tat again in the last year or so after seeing a book on tatted jewellery but am making very slow progress.
My husband and I love the Kenosha area. When we can, we visit the Bristol Ren Faire there. That was our first Renaissance faire we attended and so, it is our favorite. We've been going almost every year for almost 20 years.
Next time we go, I'll have to check out their crafts area and see if there are any bobbin lacers there.
Thank you for the welcome! I am browsing the site at this point. There is sooo much to look at. I began with an interest in Romanian Point Lace, but I have been following some Italian bloggers' blogs and love their work. From watching the videos I may just try my hand at bobbin lace.
I found recently that I've created many knitted lace patterns with my yarn over errors that I, of course, took out. I'm working on a couple lacey knitted pieces, but they are on the back burner, again, as I focus on Christmas gifts.
I'm busy crocheting my cord for some Romanian or tape lace ideas I've found at the Antique Pattern Library.
I do multiple crafts so I have rotated back to doing some bobbin lace again. Made a few small pieces. Because I don't like working with thin thread, I have been increasing the size of prickings and making them in 4 ply cotton. I also made my own bobbins- a fun thing to do carving the dowels and adding beads on my covered porch during the summer. I am using Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking by Doris Southard because it explains everything from "scratch" as it were. Also using Bobbin Lace by Dye and Thunder for relearning the basics and practicing- but doing it larger.
Hello Barbara! There is a saying that one picture can tell more than hundred words, so I send you a photo of my works at the bobbin lace festival that took place last summer in Pärnu (Estonia). The white "table cloth" is actually a shawl I made of fine wool and in bobbin lace technique. It is one meter wide and two meters long and it took about 900 working hours to complete it. I also like to make something for men - so there are two ties and also a lace for a tuxedo belt... I hope you like them.
The EB logo is not Hinojosa lace...it is Milanese lace.
The stitches used are usual in Milanese but not in Hinojosa, and the pins are not evenly put. Inside curves the pins are close together. This is a characteristic of Milanese. In Hinojosa, the pins are always put at the same distance, including curves. It has its own rules to work the curves.
Carolina de la Guardia's website has her booklets on Hinojosa, which did not cost $90, but I don't remember the exact cost. http://www.carolgallego.com/2015/patterns.html The only problem I can forsee is shipping cost. But ask her.