Many years ago at a village fair my daughter had a go at bobbin lace… and was quite literally hooked.
We eventually found a teacher and for a while we had an evening activity learning the first moves in lacemaking.
We had to buy quite a lot of ‘kit’ : a pillow, special pins, card, blue sticky film and best of all loads of beautiful bobbins with glass beads attached….
This picture shows a spider pattern, which is on card and then covered with this blue film…each of those black dots will have a pin pressed through and the lace is formed around these pins.
There’s lots of twisting involved and the passing under and over of each pair of bobbins.
The bobbins are in pairs and each matching pair is different from the others, my bobbins are all plain but my daughter had some decorated bobbins.
We didn’t get to make any bobbins ourselves as our teacher made her own and sold them to us, but making the bobbins and attaching the beads is a hobby on its own!
The pattern is pinned onto a pillow which supports the lace and allows for all those pins to be inserted.
It’s quite magical when you finish and get to remove the pins and hold the lace you’ve created.
It’s a really nice hobby … we’ve both rather let it go but I am still in the middle of making this ‘spider’ which is a frame or edge for something and I will finish it one day….
The bobbins are all held in the right place with a giant safety-pin and the tape is also used to keep it all together… you really don’t want to get those bobbins in a tangle!
I had to take our ‘lace making’ to work with me and then to meet my daughter from school so we could set off to our class…I was quite a comic figure arriving at the office with two of these giant bags!
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