I just looked at the pictures from the Christmas Party . I am so jealous,
but then again I do have little ones still, and they’re pretty fun too.
I don’t want to say that it has been difficult for me to find time to work
on on lace but it turns out the last thing I finished was last February. But,
contrary to what I said at the last LLI Bobbin Lace class I will continue with
the Bedfordshire book I have been working from.
The real problem is that when you don’t make lace on a regular basis you
lose all hope of controlling your tension. I also became flustered near the end
and did not finish the project correctly. I had forgotten everything I had
thought about when I started the project.
Just in case you can’t tell what I do when I am practicing for a large
piece let me explain. I start a segment and finish it. I then start a second
segment above the first so I can practice finishing the piece. This was the
first piece that I have done that has no pins with closed stitches around them
so after two classes of staring at the piece I gave up, did quick sewings, tied
off the pairs and a few days later (yesterday) I cut the ends and removed the
pins. Unless I totally lose my mind I do not see me weaving the complete circle
in the near future (though I am keeping the pricked pricking).
I was hesitant to continue with Bedfordshire, I do love the book, but at
this time I will not be planning on doing more than practice segments, so no
sewing type endings, for a while at least.
What convinced me to continue with Bedfordshire when I have been wanting to
do a particular Torchon piece using the Spanish Pillow I made, is the
The next pattern is a bookmark type piece (no
No picots (actually it was plaits that are so uneven in
the last piece)
A new element I have been interested in before
(Bedfordshire half-stitch bud).
I already have a pricked pricking.
and most auspicious, “setting in ... in both
This last element is most welcome. I was recently given a new tool to try
out. A very pretty thread clamp made just for this purpose. I was looking for a
small pattern so I could try out the new tool and so when I saw that the next
pattern (Pattern 4 in Introducing Traditional Bedfordshire Lace in 20 lessons by
Barbara M Underwood) actually could use this tool I decided that providence was
at work and I should not ignore it.
About my recent piece of lace, please do not be too cruel in your
criticism. I hate the unevenness and the sloppiness, and yes all the knots on
what according to Underwood should be the top. Hopefully I can make a little
more time for lace in the near future and can get my skill back up. I am
probably not going to continue as the PTA Music Liaison next year and my Webelos
II pack is moving on in February. So that's two volunteer spots cleared. I am
still the Troop Advancement Coordinator, but that is just a lot of work on a few
days really spread out. Laundry though is eternal.
Now just between us my mind has been interrupting my life with thoughts of,
dare I admit this, TATTING. So we will see how things go.
Wishing all of you the best, I especially look forward to seeing some of
you on Tuesday.