For those who love hand made lace.
Is there anyone else who likes to find something just that little bit different?
I'm not sure I understand your question. Do you mean designing something that isn't doilies and hearts or do you mean some of the more contemporary artistic takes on lace in recent exhibitions?
I like looking at the fiber arts variations, but I like making more traditional/historic stuff.
What kind of different do you mean? Motifs different, different kind of object, unusual technique?
Thanks for posting this. It is very interesting to see the overall sketch/pattern. This is why I think tape lace and part lace technique should be learned fairly early in a beginner's progress. It makes this kind of thing possible. There are so many ways this piece could be executed.
I had an interesting conversation with a lace friend this last week prompted by my purchase of some new patterns that included a dinosaur. She mentioned that when she started lace making the patterns were lots of "girly" things, but she had boys so she never was able to make them something they would like.
I think this has changed a small bit, but...
Have others found themselves designing patterns because they have boys or less "girly" tastes? I know I have. I just drew up one for a character I love out of the Marvel universe. I'd love to see/hear about examples if you want to share.
Back in the 1980s Elizabeth Kurella designed several animal laces, including at least one dinosaur. I don't know if she ever published them. But the dinosaur was really cute, and modern looking. She, too, was making them for a niece or nephew.
I think a lot of modern designing mixes several styles and techniques in the same piece. For instance, I have seen some examples of floral torchon, somewhat like point ground laces, but with torchon grounds, and less complex than Bucks point. I have put picots on a tape lace, although that is such a small deviation, that it hardly counts. I would love to see some mix-it-up examples that you have made or are contemplating.
There is a lace disigner on Jo Atkins website where you can make up anything you like, he has the software for putting any kins of stitches together, also a way of widening and norrowing the pfinished pieces to see how they would look.
I think this is more than a little different, you should see how they 'cut up' the patterns.