Bobbin Lace

Working on my Arachne Christmas lace exchange item. I am working on a 16 inch polystyrene pillow(only one I had available, other pillows are full), but I don’t recommend that size. Not enough room for bobbin space as you can see. Use 20 inch or larger. The bobbins I am using are Belgium style continentals and one lone Bayeux bobbin. The thread I am using is Oliver Twist varigated for the leader pair and two passives and gold metallic Oren Byan for the left hand edge pair.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful weekend!  The weather was a nice cool  high 60s F with some breeze and not a cloud in the sky.  We had fun socializing with our heritage friends.   Here is a slideshow of pics I took.

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Today at lunch I started on the spinning piece. I utilized my Honiton and Bruges skills to start the top of her cap. I used cloth stitch with “4 about the pin”(pin under 4) edges. I plan to keep the shapes simple with no fancy stitches. I want to keep the lines clean and make sure that it looks like a flax spinner. So far looking like I hoped!

I am embarking on an interesting journey in my lace. I friend of mine who spins flax(who also is a beginner bobbin lacer) spun some linen thread out of her stock. She gave me a hank and I told her I would see how it laced up. Mind you, it is very rough thread, yet fine enough(like 50 weight cotton). I found this picture of one spinning flax. I plan on using the picture as my design and lacing directly from it. In the photo attached you can see I have pinned the picture to my bolster pillow and wound some large bobbins waiting to get started. After it is finished, I will give it to my friend, the spinner/lacemaker. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Below are 3 slideshows of pictures I took at the 3 demonstration events this past weekend. It was a lot of setting up and tearing down each day, but the social life was a blast!

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This coming weekend we have triple the show time.  We have scheduled to demonstrate lacemaking and silk ribbon embroidery at three different places Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Are we nuts????????




Here is why……….It happens that the Friday event is here in downtown Greenville.  It is put on by <A HREF=””>OCG – Our Common Ground</A> and is a social event to showcase local artists, wineries, musicians, etc.  Saturday we set up our heritage tent in Vandalia at Grande Levee.  It is a one day event and they usually host it in June, but they changed to Sept.  Which puts a damper on another historical event we demonstrate this weekend which is a two day event.  That is <A HREF=””>Heritage Days on the Goshen Trail</A> in Godfrey, IL.  But they must be hurting for vendors because they are allowing us to come for just Sunday to set up and demonstrate.  ISN’T THAT NICE OF THEM!!!


Hope to have loads of pictures to show you of our 3 day demonstrating weekend.  Stay tuned!!!

Here is a closer view of my bobbin lace work. Working the point ground section of the lace edging(The Bride) out of Bridget Cook and Geraldine Stott’s book

That’s right……..

Tatman Is Now On Facebook!

Simple…..just click on the LIKE button :-D Yea….I know… Tatman needs to be any more social on more networks. Just gives me more visibility I guess. Either that or I am just plain BORED! HAHA

I also have a Facebook link posted on my homepage of my website.

I got a nice surprise in the mail earlier this week.  It was a card and some goodies from Duck(one of my male lacemaker friends) of Michigan.  Nice card and inside was a lot of his handmade lace.  He must know I like the color green!!!   Bobbinlace bookmark, a couple of tatted motifs, a tatted “M” for Mark, and a macrame…um….not sure what it is.  A bookmark?  I dunno.  I went ahead and tied it on my wrist as a friendship bracelet.  Works!!!

Thank you ever so much, Duck!!!!

Just have to show you the lovely lace Christmas card that my partner sent to me from Australia. It is Idrija lace style bell pattern. She did a nice job and I have it hanging with our other cards.

I am not sure if she has received my card yet. Mail is slow everywhere! You can see the 2010 Arachne Christmas card entries on Jenny Brandis’ website HERE.  My card is already listed there.  Here is my entry that I sent to Wendy

It is tatted with Coron Cotton size 160 in white. The lace is reminiscent of a German style ornament and can be detached from the card to be hung. A 7mm silk ribbon of green is tied in a bow at the hanger. It measures 5.5cm x 4cm. Elements used are pearl tatted chains with rings and tatted leaf tallies.
I used my wife’s scrapbooking materials to make the card. FUN! Here is the inside of the card

Last night we had some of our friends and their families over for a Christmas party and dinner. It was great fun and kids were running all over the place. And we loved it!!! We don’t get much chance to have kids around too often. We could have just had our friends call their baby sitters so we could have just the adults over, but I feel this time of year is for families and children are a major focus(in our eyes). I am sure the parents of these kids could have used a break……screaming kids and all, because they deal with it everyday. But everyone still had a good time and Kim made a wonderful dinner!

Now to finish making the rest of the Christmas presents before we have Christmas with my family Friday morning. We also have to get into our camper and fix it up and restock because we will be heading down to Kim’s family Christmas near Nashville on Friday after my family’s Christmas. Yes we will be camping……..BUT……..not in the cold midwest. We, along with Kim’s folks and brother and family will all be taking our separate campers to stay at a state park in FL!!! Hopefully the weather will be nice and at least be in the 60s F. I will put my feet in the water and stroll the beach no matter what. And of course take some morning time to do running on the beach. Been looking forward to that for a long time!!

Until next time I post………..

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