These are my last three pieces I've done. The top one is Lesson #4 from the Torchon Lace Workbook by Bridget M. Cook, Spiders. There's a booboo in the pricking, however, that took me forever to figure out. My blue stripes didn't correspond exactly to her brown stripes in her example. There's an extra row of ground between a couple of those spiders. I thought I'd really messed up, but on further examination I found I was okay.
The middle sample is a redo of Lesson #3 in Whole Stitch - I found the reason the edges are so wonky is that Opera (the lavender thread) is fatter than the Cebelia (the yellow and blue threads). Last time I'll do that.
The Looooooong sample is Lesson #5 in Half Stitch Roseground. I practiced moving my pricking and lace on the pillow with that one. It's amazing how well the stuff holds together without pins. Can you tell I'm easily amused?
I have Lesson #6, Scandinavian Holes, resting on the pillow at present. I'm taking a wee break from the lessons and am planning to actually make one of the patterns out of real lace-sized thread. That should be interesting.
Raymond renamed Lesson #6, "Scandinavian Hos" - they're always open for business.
Oh, he's bad.
One of my tatting gifts this year was a simple bracelet done with a single shuttle. They were actually a smash hit and I've ended up having to make more. It actually almost takes longer to string the beads on the shuttle than to tat the thing. Well, not really, but it's definitely more tedious. I used 11/0 seed beads and 4mm Swarovski bicones. The big gold beads are 2mm spacers. Thread? I'm using good old Coats and Clark Upholstery thread. Holds knots like a dream.
And it comes in colors, too. And they have it at Walmart.
Can you beat that?
Anyway, here's a pic of some of the bracelets without the lobster claws added. I actually did about 5 more.
And did I get pics of the ornaments? Heck no. Gaaaaak.
The top picture is a multi-beaded technique that evolved from play by Sue Hanson and Nina Libin that Nina published in her latest newsletter, Lace of Beads. It moves really quickly, and I think makes a rather stunning statement.
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