Saturday, May 7, 2011

Little bit of lace

One of the things I got on my trip was a dvd on bobbin lace and I've finally gotten around to watching it.  It came with 5 patterns which she goes through step by step.  It's been a great help.  Here's my first project from it:
Again, the first part of it is a bit rough but I'm really sort of pleased with the rest of it.  I'll have to find a wee square of linen to sew this onto and it will be my first real project. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

I Learned Something

I learned something last night.  I was watching a video on bobbin lace when the teacher described how to tie bobbins together after you've taken them off of a previous project.  Sometimes you still have plenty of thread on the bobbins and you don't want to waste it.  Here's what she said to do:

You've got two ends of thread that need to be connected up.

Take one of the threads and make a slip knot in it.

Now that you've got one slip knot, you're ready to attach the second thread.

Insert the second thread through the slip knot, leaving a short tail.

Pull the end of the slip knot until the knot is pulled tight.  You might even feel the knot pop as it incorporates the second thread.

Now you've got a nice tight almost unnoticeable knot.  You can trim the ends very short and go on with your work.

Pretty nifty, huh?  It seems so cool although I'm sure that everyone else probably knows the trick already.  It was new to me and I'm dead chuffed to have learned something.