Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cantu Class

Betty Manfre is back again teaching us Cantu lace. Betty teaches both classic Cantu and a more modern form of Cantu currently taught in Milan. Our group has focused on learning the classic form with a couple of modern touches. Several of her students are working on one of Betty's Christmas ornaments.  We are hard at work, working "piedi" edges, "cordettas" and "ago mattos".  Half of the fun of learning Cantu from Betty is remembering what the Italian lace terms mean in English.

Here are two of Betty's Christmas ornaments

JoAnn winding bobbins

Tanya learning how to begin her Cantu ornament 
Betty showing Andree how to make a triple hitch

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hinojosa Fan-Beginning

We have started a new section in our newsletter called "What's Up?".  It is a way to show off the projects our members are currently working on.

This is what Heather G. is working on.

What’s up? Well, I am working on a fan from Carolina de la Guardia’s book, Spanish Braid Lace “Witch Stitch”, Special Fan Patterns.  It is one of only 4 books I know of on Hinojosa lace, of which Carolina de la Guardia has written three.

I am using cotton sewing thread and two strands of silver metallic embroidery thread, for this project. The sewing thread seems to be a bit large a thread for this pattern, so I threw out a few pairs and it seems to be working fine-so far.  The thread is a teal green with the metallic at each end. The pattern calls for only 10 pairs of bobbins, so I hope it will go fast.

I am new at Hinojosa lace, so this is a bit of a learning experience.  Already I have many mistakes, but I plan to continue on.  Hopefully I will learn as I go.

Heather G

Friday, October 17, 2014

Demonstrating at Moye Center

Beverly and Heather G. demonstrated at the Moye Center in Castroville on Sunday, October 12 at their annual Heritage Fair.  It was a short but wonderful day to demonstrate with cool temperatures and a mild breeze.

The Moye Center offered a wonderful lunch of baked chicken, sausage, cole slaw, potato salad and beans for a modest fee. A soloist with a guitar entertained the crowd as visitors ate their lunches on the lawn of the center at long tables.  Nearby, potted plants were for sale. Despite the sizable crowd, there was a tranquil, happy atmosphere to the event.

Plants were not the only items for sale.  Wonderful baked goods as well as amazing hand worked items were sold inside the center.  Cross stitch, crochet, knitting and quilting were all available for sale in the sale room-it was quite crowded in there, and that was before things got started!  Two beautiful quilts were raffled off, (sadly I did not win one) and there was a large room dedicated to a silent auction with everything from hand crafts, to an old Singer sewing machine.  It was a wonderful experience which was enjoyed by all.

We sat outside on the porch to the main building demonstrating,  Beverly demonstrated bobbin lace as she wove another garter for the inevitable "next wedding".  And I worked on a needle lace sampler leaf.  We had quite a large crowd throughout the day, that stopped by to visit and see what we were doing. We were so busy that we only had time to take a couple of pictures after the crowd had thinned out.

Heather G.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tønder Class

Tønder Class
The Tønder class with Karen Thompson was a complete success! It began with a get-together with “finger foods,” delicious quiches, deviled eggs, pimiento cheese sandwiches, other cheeses, crackers, vegies, fruit, sweet desserts, and much more. This was accompanied by a stimulating program on the history of war lace from WWI followed by slides of the war laces in the Smithsonian collection. Karen has done invaluable study of the pieces and we greatly appreciate her sharing that knowledge with us.

Karen has studied Tønder under Karen Trend Nissen. We have books in our library by Karen Nissen with translations provided by Karen Thompson.

For the Tønder class itself Karen had offered 5 pattern choices covering multiple skill levels and provided us with cardstock prickings so that we could pre-prick and have our bobbins wound. She had brought a number of books for us to look through including a booklet published by lacemakers in Tønder and other parts of Denmark as a fund-raiser. Karen Trend Nissen had taken old Tønder patterns and reworked them to develop prickings and “maps” for the booklet. Some of the class opted to try out patterns from the booklet. Some members are trying to find out how copies of the booklet could be obtained for lacemakers here.

We worked for three days and sadly said good-bye until the next time!

Sherry Mathers

Here a few of the pictures from the class.

Pat's lace

Sherry with her lace in progress
Heather N. hard at work

Karen's lace from the first day of class.

Karen's lace from the 2nd day of class.

Karen's lace from the third day of class.

Pat's work in progress.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hinojosa Lace and Upcoming Events

While at convention I took a class in Hinojosa lace with Sylvie Nuygen.  I chose the egg sampler to learn this amazing lace.  Here is the finished product.
Afterward, I was able to purchase a few more books of Hinojosa lace from Maria Proventure.  I have now begun to make a lace fan.  The results may differ from this lovely piece, since I am using a larger thread.  I love color, and sewing threads come in such a great variety of colors that I simply could not resist a turquoise green with silver.  I am trying to use fewer pairs, but the results are, at this point, still a work in progress.  After all I have just begun!

I am posting our upcoming events for the next several month.  Many things will probably be added in the days/months to come.  Our weekly Lacing Play Days may be changing, so I have not included them, yet.  I'll be posting updated versions as they become available.


October 12                              Demonstrating at Moye Center
October 18     10-2pm             Business Meeting at JoAnn’s
October 25      11-4                 Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.
November 1    9-4                    Demonstrating at Living History Fair in Lytle
November 15   10-2pm           Business Meeting (location to be determined)
December 6-8                          Bette Manfre Class-Cantu
January 17,      10-2                Business Meeting (location to be determined)
January 31,      11-4                Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.
February 21      10-2               Business Meeting (location to be determined)
February 21-22,                      Brenham Retreat-Ant Street Inn
February 27-March 2,             Ulricke Voelcker class-French Laces
February 28    11-4pm            Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G
March 21         10-2                Business Meeting (location to be determined)
March 28         11-4pm           Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.
April 18           10-2                Business Meeting (location to be determined)
April 25           11-4pm           Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.
May 2-4,                                  Louise Colgan class-Milanese
May 16           10-2                  Business Meeting (location to be determined)
May 30           11-4pm            Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.

Not much I know, but I'll be back soon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Needle Lace

Ah, my second foray into needle lace.  Last year, (in November perhaps?) Kay taught our group s couple of the basic stitches of needle lace.  After seeing some of the lovely needle lace projects at the I.O.L.I. Convention, I was motivated to try this lace again.  My first project was fair, my second was DREADFUL!  My third,was ok.  I am on my way!
My first needle lace project 

If you are looking for instruction on needle lace, may I suggest you check out, needlelacetalk.ning.com.  It is a sight dedicated completely to needle lace.  They have wonderful links and suggestions for books to learn the first stitches.  There are groups for beginners needle lace, Amelia Ars, Gros Point, Pags lace and so much more.  It is so worth joining, so go check it out.  Be sure to check out the Guild of Needle Laces, it is based in Great Britian and has wonderful beginner and intermediate booklets as well as really cute beginner kits to purchase.
                                                          My second lace attempt-ugh!!

             My latest attempt-better!         
I'm off to work on my next sampler, a leaf this time. I hope I have learned from these attempts!
Heather G.          

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another Cantu Lace Piece Begun

Here is a Classic Cantu piece that I have begun a few days ago, (okay, it was started over a month ago) I'll be ready for Bette Manfre's Cantu class in December.

But, Ihave begun to realize that I have that so common ailment which strikes crafters of all kinds, UFOD.  Yes, Unfinished Object Disorder.   It is a serious disorder! Not only did I begin this beautiful Cantu lace,

 but I have also have begun a Teneriffe lace piece in order to learn this lovely needle lace style.

I already have an unfinished Ipswich lace piece (not pictured) as well as a Bedfordshire piece from my class with Jean Leader at the I.O.L.I. 2014 convention. 

As well as my Hinojosa lace from my class at the convention.

And now I plan to work on a new project to learn needle lace.  I have a serious problem, but I'm not sure if I need or want help! Perhaps it's time to place myself on project restriction....

Nah, we have a Tønder class with Karen Thompson coming up in September! Can't wait!  

We still a couple slots left open, so reserve your place for this class on September 13-15!

Heather G.