I'm back from my workshop, and I must say I had a great time! I rode with a friend from the WMLG, and we left early Thursday morning. We stopped at a yarn and fabric shop in DeWitt, a resale shop, and a couple of antique shops. I don't ususally shop like that, and it was fun! D dragged me around, and I loved looking for lace and linens. I found a beautiful skein of lace weight yarn, a bobbin lace doily and some lace booklets and thread at the resale shop.
Friday we braved the crazy roads of Midland and found the church where the Mid Michigan Lace Makers held their spring workshop. It was a beautiful church; we were in basement classrooms with comfortable tables and chairs and good lighting.
The Romanian Point Lace class was small, 4 students on Friday, with another one coming on Saturday. LW had previously taught individuals to make the RPL braid, but this was her first time teaching a class. She said she was nervous, but she did a great job.
We paid $25 for a kit, which was in a nice canvas bag. We got a notebook, and ring binder which contained the pattern on muslin, a picture of the finished doily, pictures and instructions for making the braid and the needle lace stitches. There was a ziplock bag with bobbins of thread, tapestry and sewing needles, sewing thread for couching, and a needle threader. LW made all the cord we needed, and most of it was couched for us. She left just enough undone for us to get a taste of how to couch the braid.
LW taught us to make the braid first. We started with a large crochet hook and nylon rope. We could clearly see the stitches, they popped out at us. Next we used a 0 (zero) hook and some nylon thread, about the size of #10. Again, the nylon made the loops firm and easy to identify. She said the thread was for mending tents, and my DH said it reminded him of some thread he had to sew leather. Finally we went to #11 hooks and #10 thread. Not so easy for me, and I switched to my #10 with more success.
Next we learned to couch the cord, then we learned how to add in pieces and make joins. Before lunch we were ready to start on our first needle lace stitch, a pink basketweave stitch. We spent the rest of the workshop working on the fillings and learned 5 stitches in all. Mine is not even close to being finished, there's lots of opportunity to practice what I learned. The doily is based on a square, so there are 4 or 8 repeats of each stitch.
I had a great time at the workshop, and came home happy but exhausted. I feel like my brain has been stuffed with new techniques and ideas. The MMLM are wonderful gals, friendly and easy to talk to. They worked hard to give us this workshop, and I enjoyed every minute.
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