L for Lace – A to Z Challenge

The Making of lace spans hundreds of years and before mechanisation was all hand made. I make bobbin lace on a pillow and every year i go to the lace makers fair in Birmingham.

I make Bobbin lace for the love of the process, and the finished effect. It is time consuming and fiddly at times, but not as difficult as you would think.

lacelace 1  lace2

 

At any one time you will only use 4 pairs of bobbins, even though there may be 60 pairs on the pillow.

 

The other ways of making lace, tatting, knitting and crochet, all produce good results but very different types and thickness.

if you want to have a go at making your own lace I would recommend you go an a course to learn. pillow lace has a lot of set up steps and equipment, whereas knitting and crochet you just need to be able to read a pattern.

Have a go and find out for yourself how rewarding it is.

Happy Craftfing

January round up

So January here in the UK was wet and damp but not overly cold.

I finished the arm of my husbands jumper (12 month project so far), found a charity project to do, and bought a book on faire isle knitting.

The knitting workshop was a great success and there are photos on Facebook.

over all a great month!

FEBRUARY

I start my crafting Olympic challenge (More on another post)

I have decided to do the craft network challenge

Love is in the air on valentines day, I have a girls day with my Mom and sister, sewing machine at the ready.

I will also be running a crochet workshop 2 days as it is so popular I had to open a next day.

over all a busy month and there are only 28 days in it.

 

Happy Crafting

 

 

Winter Crafts

When I think of crafting in the winter, one of the Christmas songs lines always comes to mind. “Baby it cold outside”

It is time to snuggle up on the sofa or your comfiest armchair and craft.

So what are the best crafts to do?

  1. What is your craft?

    Knitting, crochet, sewing, paper crafts. Choose the one that gives you the most comfort.

    I always go for knitting or crochet because the work in progress acts like a blanket as you work (snuggly factor of 8).

  2. What is the project that is most important?

    This is a had one to answer,

    Do you have a project with a deadline? i.e. Baby due in spring or a present that you can’t put off starting any more

     

    I use January as a UFO month. Unfinished objects.

    So I have a knitting workshop to finish preparing for, a jumper that is half finished for hubby, and a rag rug demo to finish samples for.

    Which do I chose, probably the one I have set up next to my chair.

     

  3. Set yourself you

    Next to my chair is my knitting basket (with said jumper in) so it is easy to do that project when I like, but the other two are just an important.

    I spend a couple of hours with a cup of tea on a quiet evening or afternoon sorting through what I need. Tools, fabric, wool. This all goes into a basket and is placed next to my chair.

    Now when my favourite TV programme in on or I have a few minutes everything is ready to go

     

  4. Enjoy yourself

    The main reason I have so many projects on the go (apart from the workshop projects) is because I loose interest in a project and what to do something different.

    I have a few rules

    1. have three projects on the go (charity, personal, work)
    2. are you enjoy doing it? And have you still got you spark when you started?
    3. Can it be done in my favourite chair? (where else would I want to be when it’s cold)

I hope with this post I have inspired you to go and look in your craft cubby hole and find some inspiration and zing. Cuddle up in your chair and make something.

If not have a cup of tea and put the telly on, what better place to be in the cold drab month of January.

Happy Crafting