Sunday, May 17, 2009

A date with lace

As you may or may not have heard, over at Ink & Spindle Teegs has been dragging Bianca and I along to Lace Class. Okay so dragging probably isn't the right word. After I convinced her that the Citylink tunnel doesn't represent certain death it hasn't been so bad driving over to Ashburton on Monday nights and being all nannariffic.

Lara making lace
In class, working the bobbins...

Teegs & Lara making lace
Teegs and I in class

And then we even had homework to do...

making lace
Working on my ground stitches homework...

making lace
I know, that's a hellava lot of pins....

making lace
Et voila!

Okay so you're probably looking at this and thinking that lace making has the potential to drive you certifiably mad. But... surprisingly enough, it's actually quite enjoyable. It's quite a good distraction from all the racing thoughts in my head, it forces me to focus on something else.

So there. A post about something other than fabric! xx

29 comments:

Jodie said...

I'm guessing it will be a while before we are buying your hand-made lace by the metre......it must take forever!

sarasophia said...

What a lovely craft!

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Oh. My. God. That looks so painful it makes my head hurt. I'm so, so sorry to all of the slave children doing this around the world. Ouch. :-) You are brave ladies!

Kirsty said...

Gorgeous.

I'm finding teeny tiny most satisfying at the moment.

JacRan said...

That is definitely cool as! Is there a special thread or something you use? I can see them turned into those lovely delicate lace gloves, oh so Victorian! xo

Karin said...

Ha! Nice one. I like!

Penny said...

So lovely! But it looks like it would make me cry. I agree, you're brave ladies!

Cicada Studio said...

What a cool class- reminds me I should branch out and learn something out of my comfort zone- yes, I imagine it would be relaxing, too.

Flax and spindle said...

that is so cool!!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful! And you get to play with those little woody spindly things (which I always think look so pretty in themselves)!

peacockchic said...

wow that is pretty darn cool!

Guzzisue said...

looking good, keep up the good work :-)

angela said...

I'm impressed!

It's looks very complicated and requiring a lot of patience. It's looking really good!

Teegs said...

Woo! Lace making! We're so totally rock'n'roll...

Teegs said...

P.S. Still unconvinced re stupid tunnel.
Also, for those of you who have been following the I&S blog, please note in the first pic Lara's little tub of lip balm...

nikkishell said...

Check out the sheer look of pleasure on Teegs' face!!

Lovely lace girls :)

ibb said...

My mum has the bobbins at home, but it is ages she doesn´t use them.
I always had thought that it was very difficult...
Maybe could tell her to give me some monday evening classes?

Great job.

jodi said...

beautiful! just noticed that you have designed some letterpress cards with satsuma press. stunning! when will they be available?

kirsten said...

wow.
that is some mighty fine detail work, there!
impressive.
[and nothing like a bit of cross-discipline design work!]

suzie wuzie said...

very intricate. wouldn't mind trying lacemaking just so i can wind down.

arounna said...

it looks wonderful - I've always been interested in learning. I don't think anyone teaches it here.

Parusha said...

I'm very impressed by your lace-making. That's a great idea! Going to a class. Need to look one up in London.

Chrissange said...

Oh!!! I'd like to make this! It seems to be difficult, but I really want to try ...one day!
Thanks for sharing your experience.

Rita Viana said...

i never did lace, but i took tapestry classes and its really fun!

Jesse said...

Ooh, I'm envious! That looks wonderfully absorbing to do.

little nemo said...

I was in barcelona the other week and all the regions lacemaking groups had a big meeting/possibly competition, The park in the centre of the Rambla del Raval was filled with long lines of trestle tables and hundreds of little old catalonian ladies making lace and checking out eachother's work.

Diane Kappa said...

I just saw this posting from you and laughed. You may be interested in my post from yesterday. I recently saw a woman working on an amazing lace piece and took a short movie.
http://www.dianekappablog.com/

Larissa said...

my friend Robyn and I watched a lace maker working in Brugge, Belgium a while back. It boggled my mind, I tell you! I'm so impressed with you.

zouave said...

Hey seeing this post got me into making bobbin lace - I went out and brought books and a kit and everything.

Are you still going to classes? Have you made any more lace? Please update us!

Neil