Sunday, February 13, 2011

More Bobbin Stuff

I've been working more with the bobbin lace stuff and although it feels good to be getting some patterns done, I know I'm still just rankest beginner.  All you have to do is look at all the mistakes in my latest project.  I'm not worrying about it too much because I got the cloth stitches done better than I've ever done before.  That's a success, right?  Now it's just about practice, practice, practice. This is also the most bobbins I've ever worked with at once (16 pairs) and it takes some getting used to as well.
I'm working here on my new "pillow," one that I made myself.  The book I'm working from (Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace by Gilian Dye & Adrienne Thunder) gives a description on how to do it and I think it came out pretty well.  Pretty well except for the dimensions.  I would do it differently another time but I suspect part of that is getting used to it.  Here are a couple of other projects I've done from the book.  The one on the left is a straight Torchon background using the interplay of the colors as the design element and the one on the right has a Torchon background with larger and smaller spiders.  This is the first time I've really been able to understand how these work and I was amazed it came out as well as it did.  I love this book and the clear detailed photos it has.  That has helped more than anything.
 So, I'm going to try and visit a lace group that meets near Chicago and see if I can track down some folks that I can watch and learn from. 

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