Oh Thank you Jeanette I was elf taught just like it sounds like you r doing with your kit, half stitch is so easy to do, i was so sure there had to be more to it! I like the whole stitches better as they feel there is more 'guts' to them and hold my work together more firmly. People here r really good help if you get stuck and know where to direct you if you need more supplies. I am absolutely not expecting to see any work of yours, i saw an address you had on your page and thought it was pictures of Bobbin lace, anything to do with Bobbin lace i am so interested in, i think i have an addiction to bobbin lace, you will either really love doing your lace or be absolutely confuzed, i find it quite theroputic now after 10 years of practice but still feel a bit not sure about showing my work compared to some or most of these very experienced ladies. I have alot of small strips of work that i have tried and then wanted to go onto the next piece. Now i have a very new bobbin lace pillow made of velvet which holds the bobbins in place, rather than letting the bobbins roll around they stay where i put them. I have a new light magnifyer on its way and 6 hours of DVD's with Bucks point lessons on it. Really the sky is the limit with Bobbin lace with there being so many different kinds, so maybe if your not sure about one kind of lace you might be better off and happier doing another, i know it is determined by which stitches r prefered, i love the honeycomb stitch so much and using a gimp thread to outline an image so of course Bucks point is my preference, you might like uniformity which is more suited with Torchon.
Oh dear i see i have gone on a bit, i always do when it comes to Bobbin lace, i am happy for you that your kit has come, the internet helps alot with starter lessons there is Jo Etkins website address here on the addresses supplied page, would love to hear how you get on, but am not expecting to see any pictures for a while yet.
I have been doing Bobbin lace for 10 years and have been making up my own pillows by stuffing cardboard into normals cusions. When i recieved this pillow i could not believe how much easier and more pleasurable it made bobbin lace to do, no wonder i nearly gave up years before on my old pillows. This pillow is made with this felt that holds onto the bobbins when your not using them, its wonderful. I get through many more lengths of lace per hour than i ever did before, i almost did enough of my Bucks point for a coat hanger in one sitting which was a few hours. I got over how much it cost me soon as i started doing the lace, but really for what it is $160 Australian is not much when you buy something you really love and need, i just put $20 away every week until i had the funds, what puts people off getting things is the thought they can't have it straight away.
I bought the pillow from Josco Lace supplies Australia, Joanne has a website on most lace supplies, i am getting a magnifyer light and Buckspoint DVD's sent out also. Joanne first will send out the pillow and then bill you, amazing.