I seem to be flitting from one craft to the other recently, never finishing anything off. I don't know if it's the weather, or my new medication, or just my illness, but I struggle to find motivation to make anything.
Eagle-memoried readers may remember that I went to a bobbin lace class back in June (see here), and that it was not particularly successful. We both still wanted to learn this technique so we did some research and found a tutor in Derby which isn't far from Nottingham. We took a class with Louise West and immediately signed up for the next one, she was an excellent teacher and we both really enjoyed it.
Our weapons of choice. We pricked out the pattern and then drew pencil lines to connect the dots. This is done on a piece of glazed card (the brown one). After penciling in the lines, we had to go over it in ink and then rub the pencil lines out. I thought this was a bit of a faff, but on more complex patterns it is probably essential. We then chose some colours of Perle 8 cotton.
Apparently, I didn't take one single in-progress photo, I clearly was enjoying it! I managed to finish the whole piece in the class which was great, no UFO! We made a bookmark.
There are a variety of stitches, or rather stitch combinations, in this piece, I'm going to list them as an aide-memoire for me, if you're curious to know what they are, you will have to learn bobbin lace, I know a good teacher! I started at the top with cloth stitch, followed by half stitch which is so hard to keep track of. I then moved onto half stitch with a twist at each end to make the lacy bits. After this I added in a twist in the middle, and finally, on the last section, a twist after every stitch.
I really enjoyed making this, I had grand plans to make some more in different colour combinations, but of course, that hasn't yet happened.
The crazy thing is, considering I'm a crafter and that most of the crafts I practice can whip up a bookmark in minutes, I don't have very many book marks and had been using a receipt before I made this!