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!
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!
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.
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.