Thursday, March 12, 2015

Barjac Ombree Class Pictures

Ulrike Voelcker's Barjac Ombree lace class was a hit.  Ulricke is a wonderful teacher and has extensive knowledge of all types of lace.  Here are a few pictures from her class here in San Antonio.

Mance works diligently as Ulricke gives an explanation. 

Cheryl pauses for a photo

Amy working on her lace

Amy's Barjac Ombree

Ulricki with Pat

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Projects in Progress or The Never Ending Process

So much lace to make and so little time!  I have several projects that are as yet unfinished.  

Here is a bit of a future hankie that is about 1/4 of the way finished. This pattern was given to me and I don't know where it came from.

I also have Louise Colgan's teapot to finish from last year's class.

Hopefully I can finish it in May during Louise's workshop with the Alamo Bobbin Lacers.

The Hinajosa fan from Carolina De La Guardia's book Spanish Braid Lace-Special Fan Patterns, is progressing-SLOWLY.

I still have 2 Cantu projects from Betty Manfre's classes; the mat from early last year and an ornament from the December class.

 Alright! I am putting myself on restriction! I cannot start any more projects until I finish something!

But. . . but. . , Ulricke Voelcker is coming in February to teach French lace. . . 

Sigh, I am doomed!
Heather G.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Calendar of Upcoming Events



January 31,      11-4                Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.
February 21-22,                      Brenham Retreat-Ant Street Inn
February 21     11-4pm           Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G
February 28     12:00pm         Short Business Meeting during Lunch
February 28-March 2,             Ulricke Voelcker class-French Laces
March 21         10-2                Business Meeting - Program: Russian Tape Lace 1
March 28         11-4pm           Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.
April 18           10-2                Business Meeting - Program: Russian Tape Lace 2
April 25           11-4pm           Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.
May 2-4,                                 Louise Colgan class-Milanese
May 16           10-2                 Business Meeting - Program:  Russian Tape Lace 3
May 30           11-4pm            Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I hope your holidays have been pleasant so far.  Here are a couple more pictures of ornaments made by our members from our Christmas party.  I was unable to attend the party and have relied on members to send me photos of their ornaments.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Though our group calls itself "The Alamo Bobbin Lacers" we do not only make bobbin lace.  Many members also make other forms of lace, such as tatting, knitting, crochet and needle laces.  Though our main focus is bobbin lace, we are supporters of all types of lace.  Let's face it, we just love lace!

A lovely tatted ornament from Cheryl.

Since I was unable to attend the party, here are pictures of the three ornaments I made for the exchange. Members may be seeing them next year, (but I may be greedy and keep them all)

With the new year upon us, I have once again resolved to work more on lace and finish items that are hogging up pillows.  I know I will manage this one, at least in part, because I need to use the pillows for other projects.  

If you are in San Antonio, Texas, or nearby and want to see lace being made, stop by Tri Point at 3233 North Saint Mary's, on January 31, from 11- 4pm.  I will be there demonstrating lace making and will show you how easy this craft is and answer any questions you might have.  Come join me and make some lace!
Heather G.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Our Christmas party was a big hit.  It was so much fun visiting with the other members of the group outside of a class setting.  Everyone brought appetizers to share and an ornament for the exchange.  Thank you Heather N. for opening your home for our party.  You were a gracious hostess, as always.

Here are a few pictures from the party.

JoAnn, Tanya and Dori visiting

Sherry chatting with Kay

Joann received this lovely ornament made by Dori

Kay received this ornament made and designed by JoAnn

That's all for now.  More to come!  Merry Christmas, Ya'll! 
Heather G

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