It took me several days to get everything together, pattern pricked, bobbins wound, etc. and I finally got started on it late Sunday night. The very beginning was kind of a challenge but I got it started and the first section went easy as pie. But now I've had to turn the pillow a quarter turn to start working on the second side and it's not working so well.
I haven't been able to do too much because I didn't get home until after 7pm but what time I've had has been spent undoing stitches. I think I've made about 10 stitches and taken out about 20. I've had a look back at the intro lesson on making this stitch so I think I understand where I was going wrong. That'sto be considered the right direction. I think. I'll let you know.
I'm using my English bobbins that I handstained and spangled and wound using size 80 mercerized cotton. It's not actually fine by bobbin lace standards (and lacemakers prefer to use linen thread which I don't have) but it's plenty fine for me. This is the same stuff I used to knit the doilies with the quad zero knitting needles. I like the way it holds its shape.
Speaking of cotton, I finally got a photo of the tahkli-spun cotton skein I finished this weekend.