Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Step one down

I decided to make a little adaptation to the original pattern. I didn't want to do the embroidery in the outer band so I decided to not make that band quite so wide. 
Now I've finished the outside edge and am ready to start working out the bobbin lace pattern. 

How hard could it be?!

Friday, July 18, 2014

You may get there

But it may be a different place than you thought when you started. 

Don't know if you saw the crocheted doily pattern I found that I think started out as a bobbin lace pattern (on right). 
I'm in the process of making the crocheted version and am then planning on working out the bobbin lace version. Some of the elements I wasn't sure how to do them until I found this little doily that has the same sort of element along the outside (on left).  

I thought that would be good practice and got it all worked, tied off and off the pillow. 

And then I noticed something. 

For one pair of tallies, I attached them to the wrong center point and for 3, count them - 3 - of the talley pairs I somehow managed to completely miss the join altogether. I don't even know how you do that. 

There are only 8 middle joins in the whole dang thing and I managed to screw up 4 of them?!  Half of them. I messed up half of them!!

But I'm not worried because what I got out of it were 2 things. 

1.  The experience of learning how to do the outside portion - the original goal. 


2.  A great display piece for teaching. People can so easily be intimidated but this is proof that even after 3 years of learning, I can still make mistakes a student never would have begun to make. 

So not where I thought I was going with this project bit I'll take it. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Finishing up

I've had a project on the pillow for close on 3 years, I think. I'm pretty temporally challenged but I think it must be quite 3 years. (www.knitnmore.blogspot.com/2011/09/bits-and-bobs.html)

The LACE group in Chicago started a yardage club. To gain membership of the club you have to complete 2 yards of a lace. When I started, it seemed like an impossible task but I chose an easy edging and started. Much to my surprise, it was working the pattern over and over that finally provided my AHA moment and the art of lacemaking started making sense to me. So I will be forever grateful for this little club. 

Oh, yeah, I finally finished!! 
I've actually worked it a few inches over now and it's still on the pillow because I may just want to make a little more of it. 

I've had some offers for it from some of the re-enactors in the area but I'm not sure in ready to part with it yet. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The race is run

I really like the way this came out and how quickly it worked up. 
And how it fills out the frame. And how I actually had enough thread for the project. 

Who needs sports?

The nail biting is here. I have this frame:

And I have these 2 pieces that I want to put in this frame:

The problem is pretty obvious. One block of the frame is not like the others. One block needs a piece of its own. I found a pattern that will work (also from Yusai Fukuyama's book). 

But there's a problem. I did the other 2 pieces in a yellow linen thread and I wasn't sure if I had enough of it for another piece. I could do it in white and put it in the middle but the yellow one that's open in the middle called middle so what can I do?

Sometimes you just have to go for it, right?  

So I've started and got the middle flower done and I'm exactly halfway around the outside flower. I'm working the filler at the same time I'm working the outside. 
Eleven paid of bobbins. 

I have thread on all the bobbins but I don't know if they will make it around the second half of the outer flower. Of course, I can always add thread if I need to. Here's how much extra thread I have left to work with:

The race is on. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Full circle

It took me a while to get started on this last project in my series from the Fukuyama book. 

The challenge was to learn how to do the loops and the fillers  they were both those kinds of things that look much easier than they already are until you've done them several (dozen) times. Then they start to make sense and that's half the battle. Then you do them several (dozen) more times and then you may be able to do them and be happy withe them. 

On the first loop, I discovered that once I work the beginning of the loop, I wouldn't be able to see where the hole pricks are for the end of the loop. Also, once you work the end of the loop, if you're not careful, you will work over top of the pins so when you get to the end, you have to figure out how to get the pins out. 

All 4 projects done and lessons learned. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A lot to learn

This is the 4th of my 4 projects and by far the most challenging of them all. This one incorporates techniques used in Russian Tape Lace, a style that I haven't really done before. 

Fortunately I happen to have a DVD of Lia Baumeister called, oddly enough, Russian Tape Lace. Isn't that convenient?

She makes it all look so easy, so smooth. Easy peasey, nice and breezy. But for me, it's awkward and clumsy. I don't know what else to do but just keep going. What do they say, "practice makes perfect"?  
So I'll just keep going and chalk it up to experience. I don't think I've done a terrible job with it but I can already see that I missed a doodad down in the bottom right part of the pattern so I'm going to have to go back and pick it up. I have to remind myself that this is the back of the piece. Maybe it'll look better from the front. 

One thing about learning something new like this is that it keeps that awkward beginner feeling very fresh so I can really feel the pain my students feel when they're learning something new from me.