At the start of last year I cracked open a House of Crafts Bobbin Lace kit and had a go - you can see the results in this post. For some reason, me being me probably, I didn't pick it up again. When a bobbin lace class appeared on the 2016 class schedule at The Bead Shop Nottingham, mum fancied a go so I thought I'd give it another try, maybe some tuition would help.
The equipment required is a hay pillow (a large, flat cushion stuffed with hay that means the pins go in and don't wiggle around), sets of bobbins (the beaded spangles on the bottom are to distinguish them), a pricking pattern, pins and some kind of thread. As we were making jewellery we used S-lon cord which is a thinnish cord. It is not stranded which helps immensely! The first stage was to wind the cord onto the bobbins in pairs. It took bloody ages! The damn stuff kept slipping off.
Here is the start of my bracelet. I have to say, I have absolutely no idea what happened here or how this was made. The teacher opted for the don't-bother-showing-or-telling-them-what-to-do-just-do-it-for-them method of teaching. I'd like to point out she's not a member of the Bead Shop staff. I was, to put it mildly, a bit frustrated by this.
Anyway, we soon figured out the actual body of the bracelet and I got the pattern. It was pretty easy once I got going. There was supposed to be a row of beads down the sides, but I kept forgetting to push them up so my beads are random. On purpose, of course.
Twisty! Here's what the finished article looks like.
I added the buttons for the closure at home. I just kind of wung it and tied and glued and cut and hoped for the best.
Not the neatest closure. I had to go for two buttons as in the initial teacher-doing-it-for-me bit, she made the closure loop and I didn't have any buttons big enough to fit it!
It was interesting, and after the initial disappointment, I rather enjoyed it. AND, I can say I'll be doing this again as I already have! I've picked up that kit again and I'm a couple of flowers in... that reminds me, I haven't taken any photos...