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A Little Bit Of Everything Over Easter

A Little Bit Of Everything Over Easter

I was lucky enough to find time to dabble in a little bit of everything over Easter this year. I managed to get a few small crochet novelty items made for my grandchildren in plenty of time to accompany their Easter Sunday chocolate treats. Unfortunately the yarn I had available for the beaks of the chickens resulted in them looking more like ducks, but the grandchildren still seemed happy enough to receive them.

A Little Bit Of Everything Over Easter A Little Bit Of Everything Over EasterI have finally managed to make a bit more progress with my needle lace sampler (see “Update On Lace Sampler”). The next box is now about half-filled with “cloth stitch”. The lower third will have some variation worked in as part of the stitching and, once the background stitch is completed, the middle third will have some extra details stitched on top. It has been a lot slower than I had originally planned, but I am enjoying learning new things when I am able to spend some time on it.

A Little Bit Of Everything Over EasterThe third project I was able to get to was the fine cross stitch birth sampler that I also started last year (see “Two Extremes Of Cross Stitch”). It is a little easier to do now that I have upgraded my glasses, but I still struggle with it a bit. I can only do it during the afternoon in good lighting conditions which is quite a disadvantage when I am working. I will continue to persevere though as I think it will be well worth the effort once it is finished.

As if those three weren’t enough to keep me occupied, I also picked up a knitting project that I started early in the year. It is a sleeveless vest for me which I will post photos of once it is finished. I find it relaxing to knit in the evenings as it is something I don’t have to concentrate so hard on.

Easter is a very special and significant season for me and, although I was able to get quite a bit of craft work done, the most special times were spent attending church services and catching up with family. I hope you all had a very special Easter season too.

Lace Making

Lace Making

Lace Making
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Lace can be made using a number of different techniques. It was originally made using fine threads of linen, silk, silver or gold. Today it is most commonly made from cotton, although it is also possible to get linen and silk thread. Machine made lace is often synthetic.

Bobbin lace is made using a cushion and pairs of bobbins. It can range in complexity from simple edging or bookmarks, to extremely intricate pieces using large numbers of bobbins.

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Needle lace, as the name suggests, is made using a needle and thread. Hundreds of small stitches form the lace. Some types can be made more quickly than bobbin lace, but others take a lot longer. Purists see it as the pinnacle of lace making.

Cutwork lace includes Broderie Anglaise. It is made by removing small pieces in a woven fabric, then binding the resulting holes, or filling them with embroidery. It is related to drawn thread work.

There are two variations of tape lace. Mixed tape lace usually uses machine made tape and various needle lace fillings. Bobbin lace makes the tape at the same time as the lace.

Lace can also be crocheted or knitted. Knotted lace includes macramé and tatting.

Lace evolved from other techniques so it is not possible to pinpoint where and when it originated. In the late 16th century there was a rapid development in lace. Bobbin lace and needle lace became dominant in both fashion and home décor.

My interest lies in bobbin lace, crochet and tatting. These are the areas I will focus on, but I may look at other techniques as well. It is always stimulating to try something new.