|My instructor's lace|
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attend a bobbin lacemaking 101 class sponsored by the Brooklyn Lace Guild. The instructor had a grant to study lacemaking around the world and between finishing graduate school and her own projects, she teaches classes. Really amazing!
Bobbin lace uses bobbins--special sticks that you wind with thread--I think it took me almost an hour to wind 12. I was easily the slowest person in the class. Basically, you use bobbins to braid the thin strands together--the thread (we used size 40 cotton thread) is so thin, the bobbins give the thread some weight and a handhold so you can braid them--that's really it. Pretty simple in concept.
|These are the bobbins, plus size 40 thread|
While you are working, you pin the lace into shape using a pre-poked pattern on a sheet of paper. Sorry I removed some pins in the lower right:
My first attempt kind of sucks, but I'm going to try to go to more of these. Below is my finished lace sampler. A sampler is kind of a visual "dictionary" of different stitches. From left to right, there's a whole stitch, a (failed) half stitch, and a cloth stitch:
|examples of bobbin lace, lol with mine thrown in|
Van Sciver Bobbin Lace (based in NY, ships worldwide)
Snowgoose Lace (based in Colorado, ships worldwide)
Lacis (Based in California, ships worldwide)
This post was part of Craft Along with GIY