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Re: [bobbinlace] Re: Introducing new member, Barbara

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  • Marji Sakievich
    I have made two of these wool cookie pillows small and large and love them. Marji. Sent from my iPad ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 16 , Sep 1, 2011
      I have made two of these wool cookie pillows small and large and love them.


      Sent from my iPad

      On Aug 31, 2011, at 9:04 AM, Tatman <tatman@...> wrote:

      > Welcome Barbara and fellow tatter! That is good that you already have one
      > of the best books for learning bobbinlace. A must have book in my eyes.
      > Good projects in there. I hope you fair ok with that Lacis kit. That
      > usually turns many would be lacers away because of its inferior material and
      > how it handles. It is fairly easy to make your own pillow and works a lot
      > better than that kit pillow. And the bobbins that come with it are not the
      > nicest. I have directions on my website on how to make your own pillow and
      > bobbins and they are much more satisfactory and rewarding to use since you
      > took the time to make them and personalize them. It is always best to have
      > the right kind of tools, rather than a so-so type. Less frustration in the
      > long run.
      > Here is my bobbinlace how to section(“Bobbin-A-Long School of Lacemaking”)
      > http://www.tat-man.net/bobbinburg/howtoBL/howtoBL.html
      > Check out the how to videos as well!
      > Welcome to the fun of bobbin lacemaking!!!!
      > --
      > Mark, aka Tatman
      > website: http://www.tat-man.net
      > blog: http://tat-man.net/blog
      > Magic Thread Shop: http://www.tat-man.net/tatterville/tatshop/tatshop.html
      > email: tatman@...
      > Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TatmanBobbin
      > On 8/30/11 5:47 PM, "Barbara Hevener" <barbara_hevener@...> wrote:
      > > Hi Y'all,
      > >
      > > I'm a brand new Torchon beginner, and I don't have a teacher or immediate
      > > access to any bobbin lace workshops; so I'm hoping to pick up enough tips
      > > from this group to keep me moving forward (albeit slowly!). I have the
      > > beginner bobbin lace kit made by Lacis--plus additional bobbins and a few
      > > more equipment/supply items it seemed worthwhile to purchase at the start.
      > > I also have a copy of "Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace" by Gilian Dye and
      > > Adrienne Thunder and have begun working through the learning projects in
      > > that book. I also have access to several past issues of the IOLI Bulletin
      > > (and am an IOLI member).
      > >
      > > I'm 66 years old, but my interest in lacemaking goes back to my mid-teens
      > > when I taught myself to tat (thanks to a 1940s-era Coats & Clark how-to
      > > book). By that time, I had already made a few crocheted doilies and was
      > > knitting cables and various pattern stitches into socks and sweaters as
      > > well. Anyway, I put away all lacemaking/needlework during my working years.
      > > Especially after I became a CPA, I just didn't have time for hobbies. But I
      > > jumped back into tatting in a fairly big way in 2006 after "discovering"
      > > that the Palmetto Tatters Guild (PTG) regularly meets only about 20 miles
      > > from where I live in Columbia, SC. Since becoming a devoted PTG member,
      > > I've won ribbons in our State Fair, have begun designing, had a few of my
      > > tatting patterns published, and earned the Tatters Across Time's Level 1
      > > ("Apprentice") designation. Anyway, I have always aspired to learn how to
      > > make bobbin lace and now have decided to try it out for a bit to see if I
      > > enjoy it. Surprisingly, none of the PTG members who live in the Columbia
      > > area are bobbin lacers, so I guess my ventures along these lines will
      > > necessarily be undertaken primarily "on my own."
      > >
      > > I likely will be mostly a "lurker" here, but I may ask a question now and
      > > then. By the way, I've already very much enjoyed reading some of the recent
      > > posts directed toward beginners. All the Internet links and other tidbits
      > > are very helpful! Thanks for allowing me to join the group.
      > >
      > > Barbara

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    • Barbara Hevener
      Thanks TO ALL of you who have taken your time to give me some great tips and encouragement! MARK, thanks so much for all the time and effort you have put into
      Message 2 of 16 , Sep 1, 2011
        Thanks TO ALL of you who have taken your time to give me some great tips and

        MARK, thanks so much for all the time and effort you have put into your
        website. It is so very much appreciated!! I have often used the tatting
        information on your website and now I have started to use the bobbin lace
        info there as well. You're a real treasure! I did thumbtack a layer of
        felt plus a layer of woven cotton over my Lacis board, but I'm sure that I
        will eventually want to make or buy a real pillow as you suggest. Although
        as a beginner I have no point of comparison, the Lacis kit's bobbins seem to
        be working pretty much OK for me with Size 8 perle cotton (only
        ever-so-occasionally unwinding themselves when I don't want them to), but I
        can see that they would probably be too heavy (as someone else noted) for
        finer thread. Maybe when I want to move away from this big thread I'll try
        cutting a half-inch to an inch or so off the handles of these bobbins to
        lighten them a little and see if that works. (I hate to throw anything

        LESLEY, thanks for the additional tip. I have already taken up the
        "cross-twist-cross" cloth stitch chant! Perhaps it's my lifelong
        involvement with music that makes focusing on the rhythm a completely
        natural part of performing any repetitive motion.

        KATELYN, thanks so much for the suggestion of the Pamela Nottingham book as
        a "Beginner Book #2"--although it will be quite some time before I work
        through the "Book #1" that I have given all the other things I'm involved
        in. I've written down the title and author so I'll have it when I get to
        that point.

        Thanks ANITA in Maryland for your suggestion of contacting the North
        Carolina Regional Lace Guild to see if they know of any bobbin lacers living
        nearby. I probably will follow through on that at some point. You are so
        right that one can learn a ton of things from personal contact with anyone
        more experienced. I certainly am indebted to all the experienced tatters
        I've met who have helped me in so many ways!

        SHERRY, unfortunately, I won't see you in Georgia this time since I don't
        feel that I can manage a half week away from piano practice this time of
        year. Nevertheless, I've been working with the Tat Days committee helping
        with preparations for the event. Maybe I'll see you at another Palmetto
        event when the timing, etc., works out better for me. I know you're going
        to have a great time there!

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