Saturday, September 05, 2009

to accompany a good book...

the making of lace - a bookmark
Making lace - the bookmark

Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on the sewing machine! I decided to go with the Janome based on the volume of positive feedback, and also because it's within budget. I'm so excited about getting this machine but have to wait a few weeks till my birthday ('twill be a family birthday/christmas present, awwwh).

I'm so keen to do some sewing with my weekends and have made a mental list of projects. But in the meantime I'm settling with lace. I'm still in two minds about lace. I find it hard to get motivated to go to class but once I'm there I have a great time and once I have a project started it is SOOO addictive. I also find it's great for ambidexterity, curiously enough.

Teegs and I have each started making a lace bookmark and I finished mine today. Here's some progress shots and the finished result (and yes I do spend a lot of time on my couch - it's welcome sit-down time after days at work standing whilst printing, mixing inks, washing up, packing orders etc etc etc).

the making of lace - a bookmark
The lace design is based on a dot pattern with pin holes. And lots of bobbins.

the making of lace - a bookmark
You 'cross' and 'twist' pairs of bobbins in particular combinations to make the various patterns in the of lace - kind of like weaving?

lace bookmark complete!
Finished bookmark!

lace bookmark complete!
...being put to good use!

If anyone local is interested in classes email me and I can give you the details! Classes are held at the Ashburton Community Centre.

24 comments:

Belinda said...

It is just lovely! I wish I lived in Melbourne....

angela said...

Wow, that looks so intricately hard!! I'm amazed at your new skills!!

Your new bookmark is both amazing and beautiful!

Cathy said...

I am so impressed, Lara, it is just beautiful. Glad you made a decision on your sewing machine.

Littleclouds said...

oooh this brings back childhood memories ! We used to do this in primary school and I used to love how the bobbins hang off and the foam round thing was perfect for tapping on....ahh to be 11 again!

Elise said...

Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

It's all perfect !

Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

Polly said...

I came across some old ladies (very old) lace-making at a craft fair held in the main library in town and was mesmerized by their skill and how intricately beautiful lace-making is. I came home and found myself looking up local classes and was about to sign up for one when I realised I was already overloaded with things I do in life and I didn't need any more obsessions. It's an ambition of mine to learn one day though. Your bookmark is gorgeous and very impressive. P x x x

Thea said...

This does look like the hardest craft ever. I would never have the patience for it but kudos to you because the results are outstanding!

liza said...

Oh my! Is that how one makes lace??! I had no idea. Thank you for the demonstration!

Alex. said...

I'm totally fascinated with that lace. It looks gorgeous.

I love anything intricate and tedious that requires a loooong attention span.

~Only child syndrome I guess!! ;)

Jodie said...

Beautiful lace lara, it must be so satisfying to finish something that requires such concentration and time !

P R I M O E Z A said...

i love process photos - fascinating and kind of mind boggling!

Danielle McDonald said...

Bloody hell, that looks so fiddly! You must be a very patient person! Love it though - am in awe.

ali said...

oh my, lara! how nice! i can only imagine how your eyes are after a session of sitting there! btw, blogged about the lovely fabric remnant you gave me back in march! thanks so much again, it is going to have a great home as a bolster pillow! http://alittlemorewonder.blogspot.com/2009/08/desktop-wallpaper-love-part-deux.html

Citrus Hearts said...

this is so lovely I wish i lived close enough for a class!!

Yana said...

thats gorgeous! would love to make something lace one day!!

sandrine de rose said...

woaouh it's so beautiful! I would like to know the methode: do you know a good book for learning?
I'm sorry, my english is really bad!!
still "bravo"!!!!
sandrine

Michelle said...

Even the work in progress looks beautiful!

subliminalrabbit said...

stunning! i've only ever knit lace - this looks - complicated? and impressively beautiful!

hiki said...

wow this is awesome!
i wish i were in melbourne to take your classes for this.

Rima said...

Wow. That looks like a lot of work...and a lot of patience. It is stunning!

Rima
www.yarnydays.com

lalaysebas said...

I love it!!! how can i learn to do that??? it's beautiful!!

RobbieLee at Chickiedee said...

One word... AMAZING!

Lauren said...

I saw a woman doing this recently at the state fair, and I was just mesmerized! Good on you for giving it a go. I don't have the patience!

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