Thursday, November 18, 2010

More on Bobbin Lace

Okay, so here are a few pictures of some bobbin lace in progress..

In this first pic, you can see the bobbins wound with the thread.. You only work with 4 bobbins at a time. 2 on the left, and 2 on the right. There are only two movements in weaving the lace. A twist, which moves to the left, and a cross, which moves to the right. As with knitting, every stitch is a variation of those two movements.

The stitches are held in place with a pin, which is later removed as you work your way through the pattern.

The second pic shows the lace being made with the pattern underneath. You can see the pins holding the stitches in place.

Depending on the pattern, the lace can either be worked in sections and then joined, or straight across from left to right, and then back right to left.

The last picture shows the lace after the pins have been removed and you can see the finished product. This lace in particular is an authentic pattern from 1559 AD England.

The lace is made of gold thread, and I made 12 feet of it. It took me about 5 weeks to complete the project.

You can also see the pillow that the lace is made on. This pillow, often called a cookie pillow, has a wood bottom, and is stuffed with foam. The foam right under the cotten covering is a sturdier foam, so the pins are held secure as the weaver tugs and pulls on the bobbins.

So thats my little tour of bobbin lace. You can find all sorts of videos on You Tube and on Google or Bing. Or you can just ask me.. Im full of info ;)

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