Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bobbin Lace Continued


While I was at the bobbin lace class, I was given the information and pattern for the second lesson.PB230018-2 Which was a lace trim also, this one is wider and has a half stitch design with a ground area to it. I found this one to be a little more difficult to create not so much because of the different parts, but more the written directions. the directions where a little confusing for me but I got through it and got a nice looking piece of lace from it.

This piece has a half stitch design on the right side with a ground stitch on the left. On the far left is the sewing edge, that isPB230018-1 what it sounds like when you wish to sew it onto a garment or use it for trim, the outer edge has been reinforced to give the lace strength. This also gives you little wholes in which to sew through when you attach  it to your piece. From the picture on the left you can see the half stitch are with the ground to its left. If your reading this and not understanding what I’m saying, I plan on giving a more in depth description on the different stitches and have pictures to show you what I’m talking about.

If you haven’t guessed it I’m really enjoying making lace and will continue to explore this type of weaving and share my results with you all. Check back in a few days I pan on blogging some more about it.

P.S. I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bobbin Lace

About a month ago I told you all that I went to a fiber festival. While I was there I saw a demonstration of bobbin lace. I also hinted that I may take a class one day and that day has arrived because I just got home from a bobbin lace class. The class was put together by The Metropolitan Chapter IOL of North New Jersey. They had four class going on today from basic to more advanced and even Princess Lace. I took the basic class since I had no clue what I was doing.

In this class you learned the basic stitches that form bobbin lace. Once you learn them you are set to go with trims, book marks and such.PB070012 The five stitches are linen, half, whole, linen with a twist edge and half with whole stitch edge. I apologize for the picture this the best I can do, I will try to get them clearer in the future. So for the morning part of the class we made these samples each square is a different stitch. We all got the hang of it pretty quickly so when it became lunch, we where ready for the next step.

The next step was to make a lace trim which is really pretty and simple to do. PB070015The lace is made up of whole stitches and when you are done you get a thin piece of lace for trim. Everyone said that this lace looked like lace trim they used for baby outfits. Again I apologize for the pic. For anyone that does not know bobbin lace is a woven structure. The linen stitch is an under over of warp and weft threads. Instead of you using a loom, you use the bobbins to create the woven fabric.

Our instructor was Lynda Berber who was very nice and helpful.PB070011 She was telling us how she was teaching a children's class yesterday and how they all enjoyed it.

There where only three of us in the beginning class today but we had fun and good food too.PB070010

Micheline Hodge was the one who suggested I take the class. She was the one doing the demonstrating at the fiber festival, she had also told me about a woman who tat’s was going to be there if I needed any help with my tatting. This woman's name is Kathy Kirchner and happens to be a part of one of the Yahoo groups that I belong to and while we were talking I told her that I brought my tatting bag with me. She then asks me if this was the bag that was on the Yahoo group and yes it was. How cool is that to meet some like that pretty cool if you ask me. Kathy also sells lace making supplies so if you have any need just click the highlighted words above to check out her sight.

All in all it was a good day and know it is time to have dinner.