Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lucet fun

I've continued to play with the Lucet off and on the past couple of weeks and here are a few things I've come up with.


This last project was a long lucet cord with 2 gimps that I made last week. (See my March 7th post for info and links to the Stitch Diva tutorial.). For this one I used the silky embroidery floss for the cord and plain embroidery floss for the gimps. 

She had a video on her blog, too, from AnimatedKnots.com on how to make a Turks Head Knot bracelet that you can check out. I wasn't sure this was the final form I wanted for my lucet cord so I wrapped the extra end around to make a feature. Then if I decide to keep it, I can glue the end and be done but if I want to do something else with it, I can untie and experiment more. Right now I'm really liking it so it will probably stay. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Persistence pays

As a follow up to the previous post I want to share something with you. 

I'm now almost done. I have 2 fans left and 2 legs of the trail. That means I've done 9 fans and 10 legs of the trail. 

Of course that NOT what it means. It actually means that I've done 17 fans and 22 legs of the trail. Because until the last fan and last trail leg, I've had to take out and redo every stinking one over at least once. Now that I think of it, I should be counting the unmaking just like the making but I can't count that high. So we move on. 

The last fan and the last trail were done right the first time. But I've now stopped because I was starting to feel a little cocky and we all know where that leads, right?  Down the unpleasant trail of profanity and nobody wants that. 

So I've stopped for the night and will go do other things that are good for the soul and I will resume tomorrow. And if, when I resume, there are errors, you will be told nothing. It will be finished and a second one started with no one the wiser. Especially not me. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I have a plan

I have a plan to make a bobbin lace fan. 

It's been on my list for several years now but I haven't had the skills up to this point. Not that I'm sure I have them now but every once in a while I start it to see how far I can get. If I can get through the first section I should be able to do the whole thing. 

This time I thought I'd do a smaller project to practice the trails and fans. The transitions between the two elements are what gave me a problem the last time I tried it so it seemed like a good thing to practice with 14 pairs of bobbins instead of 28 pairs. 
Plus I get this fetching little piece at the end of it!

I've finished 4 fans and 5 legs of the trail. Of those, I've had to undo and redo 2 fans and 7 legs of the trail. Yes, that means that some of the had to be undone and redone more than once. Sigh...  Maybe I've got it now. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Wonder What This Would Do...

My friends will tell you that my favorite craft store is @Lowes. The point being that I enjoy finding things that do one thing and seeing of they will work doing something else. It inspires me to think differently about common items. 

With my intermediate tatting class coming up at the Chicago Lace Day in June, I've started experimenting with alternate material to work with. 

How about using thin jewelry wire as part of the base so it can be shaped and hold it's shape?  What about using a thicker thread as a base to give the item some structure?  What about using some thick stretch magic as the base to give it some weight and structure?

Here are some of the experiments. 
Three pendants and a pin that also incorporates some needle techniques. Add a few beads and a few jewelry findings and you have yourself a unique piece in no time!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Can it be Spring?

My mother sent me this photo of a beautiful, unusual daffodil she came across. 
I've never seen anything like it but it makes me so happy. Put that together with the forecast of 76 degrees for Monday and who needs more?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tatting experiments

I will be teaching a tatted jewelry class in June at the Lacemakers and Collectors Exchange (LACE) Lace Day in Chicago on June 13th. I'm still working on designs but this is the sort of project we'll be working on. 
It's not terribly complicated but the pendant is supported by a heavier thread base paired with a light jewelry wire to give it some strength. More info on the  day at http://www.lacemakersofillinois.org. 

If you don't know how to tat but would like to take this class, not to worry because I will be teaching a beginner tatting workshop in May at Hopewell Weaving in Chillicothe, IL (near Peoria). More info on this class at their website:  http://www.hopewellcreations.com.