I have been busy tatting and knitting, but started a bobbin lace project yesterday. I was surfing the Digital Archive of Documents Related to Lace
, and found IOLI (International Old Lacers Inc) magazines dating from 1967 to 1981. I browsed the magazines and found many prickings and interesting articles. The article you see has 4 square motifs, and general directions on how to make them. The book I was learning from didn't have anything like this, so I was happy to print this give it a try.
The original pricking was 15 to the inch, and I enlarged to about 115%. I'm using Gutermann silk 100/3, and probably didn't need to enlarge it at all. It seems loose to me, but I've been working on tape lace lately, and those pieces are much firmer. I'll continue with this as it is, and realize it may be a practice piece rather than a finished object.
I have done a tiny bit of rose ground in a bookmark, but it's been awhile, so I had to look it up in my book. I was confused when the bookmark didn't look the same as little design, so I looked it up in 'The Book of Bobbin Lace Stitches' by Cook and Stott. I didn't realize there were so many variations of rose ground, 16 listed! I studied the diagram, and my first section of rose ground went well enough.
Now I'm ready to do my first half stitch diamond. I have 8 more pairs to add in, it looks as though it will work out.
I was impressed with the magazines and now am a proud member of the International Old Lacers
. I received my first issue last month, and there is a nice pricking for a bookmark, plus hours of lace related reading. Their 2008 Convention is going to be close to my home, it would be wonderful to go, but I am not optimistic about finding enough spare cash.
Labels: bobbin lace, Gutermann, IOLI