Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Louise Colgan's Milanese class was another big hit! Students worked on a variety of Louise's designs, the phoenix, the celtic cross, a lotus, teapots, tea cups and the beginner moon.  One person finished their teapot and three others came close to finishing the moon, a teapot and a teacup.  As usually with Louise's classes, it was fantastic.  It is amazing how patient she is with her students and gets us through to the end!

Beverly working on her Celtic Cross

Pat's Phoenix

Rita taking a breather from her tea cup

Louise teaching the group

Andree with her almost finished Moon

Heather N's completed Teapot
Louise with her students on the last day of class

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Project Completed

The pattern for this project was designed by Eeva-Liisa Kortelahi. I started it in the original size with the recommended linen thread, but found I did not like working with the linen, and started over before finishing the linen version. I reduced the pattern to 85 % of original and selected Egyptian cotton 70/2 for the thread. It requires 80 pairs according to the pattern, but I used 81 pair. I didn't quite get enough thread on 4 bobbins, but there was plenty on the rest of the bobbins for my reduced pattern size. If I were to make the smaller size again I would probably use 80 inches per bobbin just to be safe!
It took me from 3 March to 4 April (4.5 weeks) to finish. Questions about bobbin lace generally are very similar, so I have included the answers to the most common questions here: 2,802 pins, 78 hours of active lacemaking and a total of 101 hours (pattern prep to framed).  Cost of pattern, supplies, thread (not pillow and bobbins, as I had those) was $121.00 but, $70 of that was framing and $20 was pins, which I will use again! I will let you do the math on what it would cost if you paid minimum wage for someone to make this by hand.

Getting Started

Done with Lace


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Smithsonian Lace Tour

On a recent visit to Washington DC, Heather G. honored to have a  the Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Smithsonian Museum of American History's lace collection.  Karen Thompson, who also teaches lace and will be returning to San Antonio in September to teach tonder lace to the Alamo Bobbin Lacers, gave Heather the tour

They have every imaginable type of lace in their collection; Chantilly, Tonder, Point laces, Point de Gaze, Alencon, and on and on.  Karen is an incredible tour guide and has an unbelievable amount of knowledge of all the types of lace, their history, creation, symbolism and identifying qualities. She is able to tell you so much about each piece of lace while you look at the lace through magnifiers to see the defining features of the lace and the workmanship.

It is definitely worth your time to get information about this amazing Behind-the-Scenes Tour.

Here are a few of the amazing laces Heather saw during her 2 hour tour.

A portion of a lace version of the Bayeau Tapestry commemorating the Battle of Hastings

A War Lace tablecloth (WWI)

Detail of the tablecloth above


Some pieces were signed by the designer or lace maker

Karen with Heather G.  

If you have a chance to take this tour, you will not be sorry.  It is simply astounding!  The Smithsonian Museum of American History has over 6000 pieces of lace.  It isn't possible to see all the amazing work but after 2 hours your mind is full and you feel overwhelmed with the diversity of their collection. 

A reproduction of Ipswich Lace worked by Karen Thompson.  The pillow and bobbins are also reproductions and are on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History .

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Finished cantu

At the Cantu class earlier this month Karen was hard at work learning the basic skill to master Cantu lace.  Here is her work in progress.  Notice the tiny flower off to one side that she has already finished in class.

Here is the finished product.  It looks amazing!  Karen must have been working non stop to finish this fabulous piece!  Kudos to you Karen!

Saturday, March 1, 2014


March 1                                    Lace Play Date at La Taza

March 6       1-4pm                    JoAnn Fabrics, 25 NE Loop 410 #114, SA, TX

March 13     1-4pm                   JoAnn Fabrics, 25 NE Loop 410 #114, SA, TX

March 15     10-2                       Business Meeting, Dori’s house.

March 20     1-4pm                   JoAnn Fabrics, 25 NE Loop 410 #114, SA, TX

March 27     1-4pm                   JoAnn Fabrics, 25 NE Loop 410 #114, SA, TX      

La Taza

Today is the first Saturday of the month and Alamo Bobbin Lacers meet at La Taza today.  La Taza is a wonderful little coffee house that allows us to get together and make lace.
Kay workiing on Needle lace
Heather and her Bedforshire lace
 The people at La Taza are wonderful.  We have a cup of coffee and perhaps a scone or danish and make lace.

Be sure to come join us on the first Saturday of each month from 10-2.
JoAnn just getting started on her unfinished piece.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Milanese with Louise Colgan

Louise Colgan is an amazing teacher.  She will be here teaching Milanese lace April 5, 6, and 7, 2014.  Unfortunately the class is currently full, but if you are interested in learning about future classes or would like to be place on the waiting list, please let us know.

Here are a few pictures of Milanese lace I have made at past classes.

I hope that Louise will be able to come back next year.  I look forward to her classes every year.
2011 Milanese class with Louise Colgan