Thursday, February 17, 2011

Living on the Edge

I've finally been brave enough to try an actual edging with the bobbin lace. 

It's one of those things that you learn as you go so you can see quite a few mistakes until the last 2 repeats.  I finally figured out what I was doing wrong and from there it worked just like it was supposed to.  Now I've started on a new one so I can get a good length of proper edging.  Looks almost like the real thing!

Fortunately, the program at the Lacemakers and Collector's Exchange (L.A.C.E.) on Saturday is about reading patterns (or prickings, as it's called in bobbin lace) for beginners.  Yeah, that'd be me.  But, like I tell my students, you just have to press through the mistakes and keep going.  Don't worry about taking all the mistakes out, just keep pressing on. 

Good things come to those who practice and don't freak out about being lousy at something when they're first learning, right?

And let me introduce you to my lunacy.
I, like all of you, don't have an abundance of free time (time not working for the man).  Then once I knit, spin, tat, teach classes and preparing for them, go to meetings, oh, yeah and eat and sleep, there's really not much time left.  So, of course with all this going on, I figure it's time to take on a few new things.  There's the bobbin lace thing but now I've been talked into taking a not-very-beginner (to put it lightly) weekend workshop on overshot weaving (with a 4-harness loom which I've never touched in my life) and now a friend has given me the loan of her smaller harp so I can learn to play the harp.  Actually it's the same person who's talked me into both of these things.  Do you think she's got a little undue influence over me?

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