Happy Holidays and my latest near lace
- 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 following:The next pattern is a bookmark type piece (no Sewing).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 directions.”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.TTFNPat T.