It may surprise you to learn I do other things with my spare time, that don’t involve having a camera in one hand Sadly I don’t indulge in these things as often as I should but one I have resurrected and finally got proper kit and some manuals for is this.
I am teaching myself how to make bobbin lace!
“Why?” I hear you ask with some confusion Well the obvious answer is “because I can” which is partly true. It is part of my SCA involvement. Everyone in the SCA does some form of handcraft. A lot of it is sewing and embroidery because we handmake a lot of our garb (period style clothes), attempting to mimic period styles and decoration.
I decided to learn how to make lace. I first started with needlelace, because you only need fabric, thread and a needle, but it turned out to be a LOT more complex than I anticipated. I still have all my stuff ready to go back to any time – its called a UFO – Unfinished Object.
Bobbin Lace requires a lot more financial outlay, you have to buy bobbins (quite a few are required) and thread (special expensive kind) and a Lace Making Cushion. You can see my current WIP above. There are no lace suppliers in NZ, I had to import the cushion and bobbins from Australia. The cat hair is provided for free by Taz!
On the image above I have started with Whole stitch, and have then moved onto Half Stitch.
Above are my first two learner samples. The one on the left is the first one I did during the only couple of formal lessons I had. I started another one to remind me of the basic stitched but got bored during the third section as you can tell
A chance encounter and a lovely chat in one of the local craft shops led me to this range of cottons, apparently all the local lace ladies use it. I got 10 different colours, and then had a test making this bookmark.
Here is a closeup so you can see the different colours used. The working strand (the on that goes across and binds them all together) was white.
So a window into the wild and crazy part of my life NOT spent behind the camera