Thursday, July 10, 2008

On My Lace Making:

I have gotten some questions on my lace making lately. And although I haven’t been doing much lace making of late because of the humidity, there are always a few projects waiting for me to get back to them. For now I’ve just been keeping to the smaller ones like in the picture.

I am a master lace maker. I have been making lace since I was a young girl. I can make 17 different kinds of old world handmade lace. And in no particular order:
1. Knit
2. Crochet
3. Irish crochet
4. Tatting
5. Tape lace - woven, bobbin
6. Tape lace - Battenburg
7. Needle made
8. Islet or Brodeur Isaac
9. Cut work
10. Drawn thread and/or Hardanger
11. Bobbin - braded, Turkish
12. Bobbin - Brussels
13. Bobbin - Torchon
14. Bobbin - Chantilly
15. Embroidered - both white and black work
16. Filet and/or Net
17. Hairpin
I have done others but not enough to be mastered in them. I have and do teach lace making classes but not as much as I used to. And at one point I repaired lace for a museum.

There is no longer a lace making guild in my area. The older women have died out and the younger ones don’t have the time for meetings.

I like all fiber arts from spinning to finished project. I have spun many kinds of fibers including wools, cottons, linen, silk, man made, and others from dog to birds feathers and human hair.

The sheep farms in the area have all left after the last farm animal Vet left the area some ten years ago. And so did my local wool supply.

My hands are not what they once were. They hurt me often and need more rest between projects. I most often go from one kind of craft to another throughout the day so I don’t over work them at one thing for too long. It takes longer for the projects to get done but at least they do get done this way.

Feel free to ask more questions if you have them. I’ll try my best to answer them. I have been thinking of selling some projects on the web at some point. But I’m not set up for that yet. I do sell locally.


Joan of Dark said...

That is incredible!!

If you're interested in selling stuff on line, you should check out!

Lady Euphoria Deathwatch said...

Thank you Joan. I think I just might.

Lady E