December 2006 lace
It is now 21 months since I started this lace making journey and during that time I have made many wonderful friends thoughout the world. All because of this wonderful thing called the Internet.
I have been trying my hand at designing my own Torchon lace over this time and as it is the season of Goodwill to all I have decided to give you a small gift.
The idea of using graph paper, pencil and eraser (lots of eraser :) did not inspire me, but I discovered fairly quickly the software program called Lace 2000. With that I am able to erase my mistakes much easier, I can copy and paste the lace elements around easier, I can let my mind wander down the "what if ... " path easier.
It does not make design easier :) It does not do the design work, it is but a tool for my imagination to use but it does free up the drudgery of the design process. It does allow me to print the design in whatever grid size I like - no more redrawing or resizing on the photocopier for me.
What does this have to do with the gift? The gift is two prickings I designed using Lace 2000.
Ruth is a bookmark I designed to use the leaf spider element I gave you last Christmas (see here if you did not read my site last year). I ask that you have pity for my efforts at making leaves - they bring the total of leaves made by me to 40 and as you need to do 1,000 before you are any good .....
The file is a PDF file that you will need to have Acrobat Reader on your computer to use. Acrobat Reader is a free program that will allow you to read/see many of the free files on the internet.
Ruth 350kb in size
The second one I have called Yvonne, it is a quick little one that I though might look good on the Christmas tree or a card.
Yvonne 33kb in size
What else have I been doing? Lace wise I have been learning more about Torchon lace. Things such as
The next two bookmarks were made from the booklet "Torchon Lace Patterns" by Coral Westley (Published by The Lace Room, 4 Cedar Ave, Warradale, South Australia 5046 Australia)
- how to start a bookmark with a straight footside all the way around;
- how to finish off pointed bookmarks using a figure 8 knot;
- how to start in the middle of a fishtail (firtree) fan at the top of a bookmark;
- Three variations on torchon ground
- Three variations on directional changes in trails
- and most of all - spiders, simple spiders, complex spiders, spiders in trails, spiders that arn't really spiders
I made this one using Gutermann Quilting Cotton in three shades of mushroom - note that it starts in the middle of a fishtail (firtree) fan?
This one was made using Gutermann Quilting Cotton in purple and lilac
I revisited the spider bookmark in "Introduction to Bobbin Lacemaking" by Rosemary Shepherd and made one in scarlet with gold footside passives. I keep coming back to this bookmark as it is soothingto make spiders and the bookmark takes just 5 hours (you can see by this that the commercial lace industry need have no fear of me)
I also made two other bookmarks which I designed myself so December has been a bookmark month :)
My lace challenge for the New Year is to learn more about
- tallies, both to replace a pin and between pins
- neat starts and finishes
- design and the lace elements
NB: Here I am in December 2007 and I realise that tallies still have me on the defensive. Gimps on the other hand are easy if I stick to the basics.