Thursday, June 23, 2011

finally getting this thing called bobbin lace...

It's taking me a long time to master this craft. I started repeating patterns to help me learn. Repetition usually does it for me. I used a linen thread for this 6" border and did each one in a different color so I wouldn't get bored. I've made 4 little cases that will hold bobbins and lace tools and each one is decorated with a laced edge. They measure about 6" x 4". Click on the images for a closer view.

3 cases made with upholstery scraps and 1 with a moire. all lined with cotton.

the backs of 2 of them

they will hold all kinds of lace tools and bobbins
I'm working on a piece right now with lots of beads. I got carried away with the colors and it looks like something a clown would wear but I'm getting good experience working with the beads and for the first time am able to follow the pattern without too much help. Should be finished with it soon and will post it then.

23 comments:

Susan T said...

The bags turned out great! I think you may be right about the repetition. It does help. I had been away from doing lace for 2 weeks and I was pretty frustrated not to be able to remember all the things I was supposed to be doing. Maybe I will do some of the exercises over again.

Notjustnat said...

Congratulations Deanna on mastering the art of bobbing lace. Repetition does it for me too. I like how you use the laces you made. They are all gorgeous. Look forward to see the clown version of bobbin lace soon.
Hugs
Nat

Tammy said...

Deanna .. it's always so nice to see your comments on my blog .. I so appreciate that !!! You are so sweet really!! I love the bobbin laces that you've made .. they are very beautiful!!! YOu are always doing new and different things. I don't know that I would have the patience for bobbin lace.. but i will say that I find it so nice to make myself things that I love!!!

karen said...

I find repetition a valuable learning tool too and I love how you have made yourself all these gorgeous pouches.

Penny Berens said...

Oh my goodness, Deanne, well done! Did they take hours and hours?

cristina said...

whoa.....deanna! you mean to say you made
that lace? Tain't nothing you can't do, forget "do"
I should use the word "master"! the lace is
beautiful!!
and by the way, if might permit me, You are certainly
"Jack's little girl".

deanna7trees said...

thanks, cristina. my dad did teach me that with time, you can master any craft.

deanna7trees said...

and yes Penny. it does take hours and hours to complete the lace.

jude said...

great! what i like is the lightness of the lace against the heavy fabric. can use some upholstery scraps. i never know what to do with them.

Drucilla Pettibone said...

beautiful work... and so impressive that you've made bobbin lace!! how did you learn to do it?! very lovely!

majic hands said...

my goodness, how beautiful. love them all.
Cheryl h

deanna7trees said...

thanks, cheryl.

Greasyming said...

Hello Deanna...lovely lace such patience you have...I love the bobbins with thier different personalities...what wonderful friends to work with...

deanna7trees said...

thanks for visiting Leslie. there are some beautiful bobbins out there. it's nice to be working with such beautiful tools.

Martine said...

oh yes this isn't easy, you did a great job.
XXXm

deanna7trees said...

thanks, Martine. sounds like you've tried it.

Deb G said...

Deanna, these are just beautiful....
Repetition is an important part of learning, I stayed with the same sock pattern forever because I wanted to make sure I really understood what making a sock was about.

deanna7trees said...

thanks, Deb G. repetition sometimes gets boring so i try to vary the color and type of thread i'm using.

Emmy said...

bobbin lace I love it my mother made it she can,t do it any more to old and to much handicaps
I have lots of lace she made
this is a great way to use it

PJ said...

Hi Deanna,
thank you for your kind comments about my painting. These bags are wonderful and the lace is exquisite. I am around leaving comments on 'Sew' and enjoying everyones work. Have been doing more drawing and painting than sewing recently.

Judy--- said...

oh deanna---this is soooo beautiful---

i agree. it seems you can do anything --

i have some tatting my grandmother made---
is lace-making an endangered species ?

deanna7trees said...

thanks, Judy. definitely an endangered species. you don't see many young people doing this anymore.

woman with wings said...

They are beautiful, Deanna. A good thing to remember about repetition with different colors. There are things I could apply that to, I know. In herbalism, I'm trying to know 40 uses for one herb rather than one use for 40 herbs. Sort of the same. Thanks!

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