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What to do with metal bobbin lace?
So, I've gotten about 25" or so, and debating if I want to do a whole yard or more of it, or just end it soonish.

I originally had this idea on edging a linen hankie that I've got in my stash, but that is a nice sized hankie at 11" to a side, which would need 44" of lace to cover. And then I realized that if I put the pretty metal lace onto said hankie, it might not be that easy to wash afterwards. Uhm, no. Hankies get used, and they need to be washable.

Sooooo... then I thought maybe a cup cover would be nice, but same washability factor is required from time to time. So, again a no.

So now I'm not sure what to do with this lace that isn't a full fledged garment or gloves or night cap or ... what to do with the pretty metal lace?

Will this stuff actually wash up decently without distorting or snagging? I may have to make a test piece to find out with one of my sample pieces.

So, anyone have suggestions on small gift like items I could make with it?

Bobbin lace info & pattern sources
book research
For some reason I thought I had posted about the new book I'm using for my metal thread bobbin lace, only looking through my posts I guess I didn't. The new book is called "Gold & Silver Edgings : Sixteenth & Seventeenth Century Lace Book", by Gilian Dye. One of the IKINS students brought several copies for us to buy. The store she got them from was http://www.provolace.com/ . Amazon.com hasn't been much help, and there are other stores to buy it from, mostly in the UK like here where you can see the cover photo and a sample piece of lace.

I love the little book. She covers some of the history, gives basics on the threads and bobbins and how to work them, including the needed differences when working metal threads, and she admits that her earlier book on Elizabethan bobbin lace (which was mentioned in a previous post) was from the perspective of a modern bobbin lace maker, not with the mindset of the Elizabethan bobbin lace maker. I see this as a nice step forward. She also gives kudos to the Rosemary Shepherd, the author of "An Early Lace Workbook" for providing her with greater insight into period laces. You can buy that book here from Ms Shepherd directly, which I plan on doing when I can afford to.

By the way, this is the first book in Gilian Dye's series on 16th & 17th century laces. I got a sneak peek at the laces in the next book, and it looks beautiful. Those were various laces in linen threads. No idea what will come after that, but these are books I look forward to buying.

As to the book I used to relearn bobbin lace, that was "Bobbin Lace Manual" by Geraldine Stott. I'm not sure I'd fully recommend it for beginners since its visuals are a bit lacking for a newcomer, at least with regards to twist & cross. It did get me a little confused at the beginning, but otherwise is pretty good to follow in a logical progression from simple to more complicated patterns. If you are a person who learns from words, already know the basics, or just want some nice patterns it is worth having.

I found this online source to be a better primer for very beginners, especially if you need some visual help with twist and cross and other steps. I use it with the books I have to help me out.

And so far, those are the books I'm using, or want to buy. There are more period patterns in the V&A book on 17th century women's clothing, but that's extra. Someday I'll get up to working those, especially as Gillian Dye's book discusses at least one of them in her book, I think.

More bobbin lace
So, I've not been doing a whole lot lately, as I've not been in the mood to be all that creative. But I've been in the mood to play with the bobbin lace some, which isn't so much creative, as it is simple and kinda zen in the doing. And that's ok.

There isn't a whole lot to share on step by step processes, as it is just cross and twist, pin, repeat a few times, tighten up the tension, and hope it all stays together when the pins are removed. Sometimes it isn't all right, but most times it is fine. Some I think will be fine once it is sewn into place.

So, here are a few photos to share with you what I'm doing. The silver is a test piece. The gold & silver will be my first major length of lace, which I've a small plan for if all goes well.

Pattern 18, Silver sample Pattern 18, Silver sample
A test piece in silver DMC metallic thread. Width ~ 3/8", about 6" long.
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Picot stitch practice in bobbin lace
book research
I have a headache, but I am tryin to not let it ruin my day.

I did manage to play around with doing more picot stitches in bobbin lace with the old linen threads, just trying to figure them out. I've been having problems with the picot stitch, and have found nothing online that hints at anything to make them work out. I gave up on trying to do the Nine-pin lace pattern, and am just doing braids and picot stitches, in one single line, just to practice and try things out.

My book says to always twist left over right (l/r), ALWAYS. It also states to twist 3 times for the picot stitch before pinning. But I noticed that doing 3 l/r actually untwisted a portion before putting in 1 actual twist, and just would not hold.

Well, I tried a few different things, from doing 4, 5, and 6 twists in that l/r direction, to one attempt just going right over left (r/l) in 3 twists before pinning, then going back to the regular way of doing a braid. The 4-6 stitches looked ok while pinned, but when unpinned none of them held their stitch, some unraveling completely. Obviously something is not locking and holding.

Well, doing what the book said Not to do, I managed to make one picot stitch in 3 twists r/l, and it stayed and looked decent! It was the only one that worked right. I will be practicing this method, maybe with 4 twists, and seeing if it will actually work most, if not all the time for me.

ETA 5-2-12: I re-read the section once I understood bobbin lace better. Crosses are left over right, twists are right over left. I just didn't remember that, and thought the book was wrong, when it was correct. I am much better at picot stitches now. It helps to have larger pins to work those.

A Bobbin Lace Bolster Pillow
One of the items I will be learning how to create at the upcoming IKINS will be bobbin lace, specifically for an Elizabethan glove.

I've wanted to make such a glove for a long time, and while I'm not one that wants to add yet another hobby of bobbin lace, well, I may as well learn how and get some made for my costuming needs.

However, I also don't want to spend lots of money on a pillow I might only use a few times. But I did get a foam pillow thing some years ago when I first took a class on bobbin lace making (at Costume College, iirc). It is still around, but... it isn't very period looking, and it is rather large and unwieldy, and it is very lightweight. It would do for another class, but... I've wanted a bobbin bolster for awhile, since I saw a friend using one at a small renfaire years ago. And I wanted to make it on the cheap if possible. info under the cut and a photo, with link to album.Collapse )

Online store, with thoughts on dyeing, and bobbin lace.
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(Not dying, dyeing, with threads and pretty colors.)

Well, I got the fabrics washed and dried, the cutting table mostly cleared, one pattern found (was looking for another and only found the envelope - not good), and that's where I'm at on the sewing front.

Tonight, instead of working on that, I've been looking through a new to me online/SCA embroidery store, which is not good for my pocketbook. It was suggested by Samrah on Caid-Broder mailing list. I'm not ordering, just browsing, and I thought I would share some thoughts. http://www.lacemakerusa.com/

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They've got a number of other interesting items, from paper weights to bookmark display sheaths, needles of all sorts, a wooden pricker, and even costume books, which I've already gotten, or am not interested in. But it is there.

And I think that's enough browsing for the night. Tomorrow, I will at least get the fabrics ironed and the pattern found & copied to the right size.

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