bobbin lace

Bobbin Lace Beginnings

So I didn’t quite manage it, the 7 days / 7 posts thing. I crapped out on the last day, how pathetic! But in my defence, I’ve never done one of those blog-every-day things before and I wildly underestimated how much time and thought it would take. I kept leaving posts until too late in the day, when I was tired and braindead.

Also, I was doing something really awesome yesterday! I had my first lesson in making bobbin lace, or pillow lace, which is the same thing as far as I know. I met a woman at my local Embroiderers’ Guild branch – actually, I overheard her talking to someone else about making lace and butted in – who gives semi-private lessons at her house. I’d had a hankering to learn how to make bobbin lace for a while, but couldn’t even imagine where to start. Luckily, this woman was kind enough to invite an over-excited American stranger into her home, and I went along yesterday for my first lesson!


My first lesson taught me about winding bobbins, what the different threads do, and the first few basic stitches. My teacher said I should go home, label each bit of my piece in a notebook so I can use it as a reference, and then try everything we did all over, without her.


I’ve done all but the last thing, which is both exciting and scary. I can’t wait to try again – I hope I remember everything!

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