Bobbin Lace Spider Sampler WIP

Spider Sampler WIP

It’s been ages since I shared some bobbin lace with you guys, but I have been practicing! Now I’m working on this sampler:

Spider Sampler WIP

Those little bits inside the diamonds are called spiders, and the border is made of a zillion different ground patterns. I love a good sampler and it turns out it doesn’t matter if it’s quilted, embroidery, or lace. Samplers rock the most.

Spider Sampler WIP

These are the last few spiders I’ve worked, some successful, some not as much. But it’s definitely getting easier! I’ve worked on this (7 spiders in total now, some are covered by the cloth in the photos) over 3 lessons plus time at home, and I only just now properly understand what to do between the spiders. It just kept tripping me up, so much that I felt like I’d negative-learned since my last project.

Spider Sampler WIP

But now it makes sense – it actually kind of feels like I spend ages between each spider setting it up, then the spiders go by so quickly! Those are still a little confusing, but so much fun to work, especially since each one is different. Of course this will take me a hundred years to finish, so I’m sure you’ll see a lot more of it as I go on!

Oh, and P.S. – Gift #2 was sent off today, another little package to someone out there in blogworld! I’ll tell more when I can!

7 Comments on Bobbin Lace Spider Sampler WIP

  1. Genevieve
    February 12, 2013 at 21:05 (4 years ago)

    Oh my..this is gorgeousness!! I love it. Please keep showing your progress on this one.
    Genevieve

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    • julie
      February 17, 2013 at 12:56 (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Genevieve! I absolutely will keep sharing it, I’m so glad you’re interested!!

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  2. Marguerite/Emaline
    February 13, 2013 at 07:20 (4 years ago)

    This is so very impressive. I am just starting to learn bobbin lace making, and I am teaching myself. It is hopelessly confusing, but I am doing my best and loving it!
    I would love to see more of your delightful project!

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    • julie
      February 17, 2013 at 13:02 (4 years ago)

      Thank you, but I’m mostly impressed that you’re teaching yourself! I’ve got a teacher and she’s amazing and I still find it hopelessly confusing sometimes. :) It gets easier though, I promise, and please feel free to stop by here again or even email me (address on the blog) if you ever need any help. I don’t know if I would know enough to help either, but we could probably figure things out between the two of us! Thanks for visiting, and I definitely will share more of this as I go!

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  3. Liz
    April 1, 2013 at 04:27 (4 years ago)

    Hi, I love your bobbin lace sampler! I’ve been wanting to work one, but haven’t been able to find a pricking. Where did you find this one? Thanks! Liz in the US (Missouri)

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    • julie
      April 7, 2013 at 18:23 (4 years ago)

      Hi Liz! Thanks for your comment! The pattern for my sampler came from a book I have on loan from my lace teacher: “Building Torchon Lace Patterns” by Bridget M. Cook. It seems to be copyright 1992 and it looks like it might be a British book. There’s some other lovely designs in it, a few I’d like to do eventually – I hope you can track it down!!

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  4. Nancy Today
    March 12, 2015 at 01:24 (2 years ago)

    Such lovely work! I’m struggling with the spiders at the moment. I hope to be able to do them as easily as you do, one day!

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