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Monday, June 29, 2015

FolkLife Festival and Finished Projects

Here are a few more photos from the Folklife Festival.
Amy working on her scarf

Janette's Milanese crescent moon and Janette talking about bobbin lace at the festival.

Here are some photos of lace pieces finished by Alamo Bobbin Lacers members.


Pat's snowflake from Vera Cockuyt's class in Austin

JoAnn's finished fan from Louise Colgan's class in February.



Karen's snowflake from Vera Cockuyt's class

Sherry's finished Tonder (a Danish Lace)sample. Made with 120/2 Egyptian cotton; the gimp is 50/2 Bockens linen.  The pattern is called "Bellis" wich is a European wildflower.  It is from the book "Fra Kathrines Knipleskrin" by Karen Trend Nissen.  There is also a circle "Bellis" pricking in the book.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Demonstrating at The Institute of Texan Culture's 2015 The Folklife Festival

What Fun!  Every year we have been fortunate to demonstrate at the Folklife Festival given by The Institute of Texan Culture.  If you have never experienced this wonderful event, it is filled with foods and performances from many of the diverse cultures which call this area home.  There are food booths from the cultural societies originating from Belgian, Hawaii, Japan, Germany, and many more.  Sub cultures are also represented such as the Wendish from Germany and the Cajun's from Louisana,  You can tour the museum and see people of the Canary Islands making pulled thread lace, quilters quilting, rug hookers making rugs and many, many more.  The Alamo Bobbin Lacers were on the first floor of the museum.  We showed our lace off to visitors and showed how bobbin lace was made.
Dori's display of lace flowers and a baby booty.

Part of Saturday's display of lace.

More of Saturday's display.
And we also had a wonderfully talented master tatter join us in demonstrating lace making. She was wearing some of her amazing beaded tat jewelry. 

Barbara's tatted bracelet.

Sherry, Barbara and JoAnn

Thursday, May 28, 2015

More Pictures from Louise Colgan's Class

Here are a few more pictures from Louise Colgan's class.
Heather N. pulling out pins from her finished teacup.
Heather G's teacup in progresss


Andree's black aqnd silver cresent moon

Janette's pink and lavendar cresent moon

Thursday, May 14, 2015

More finished items

It is always so nice to see what people in our group have finished.  Here are a few more items that   Karen H. finished from the French Lace class and from our Tonder class last year.

 Barjac Ombree

Karen wearing another Barjac Ombree piece she finished


Karen's finished Tonder lace


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Louise Colgan Workshop

Louise's workshop was, once again, a wonderful event.  This year Louise also taught Bucks Point to one of the attendees, who was making a fan Louise designed.

Louise Colgan with her students at her workshop. May 2015 





JoAnn's Bucks point fan in progress






Beverly's white and gold Celtic cross














Louise instructing Andree on her new moon







JoAnn and Judy hard at work

Beginning lacers Tonya and Janette starting their first Milanese project, the moon.


And a few of the students were able to finish their projects that were in progress from earlier classes.


Heather N. completed her tea cup to go with her teapot.
Beverly finished her Celtic cross

Heather G. finished her teapot.
















It was a very successful workshop.  As with all workshops, the participants endured stiff necks, aching backs and tired eyes to learn everything Louise had to teach us about her designs.  It was Wonderful!

Louise will be returning next May, so mark your calendars and make plans to attend.  Louise will be offering other types of lace next year.  So watch your newsletters or contact the Alamo Bobbin Lacers at alamobobbinlacers @yahoo.com for more info.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finished projects

It is hard to believe sometimes when you are actually finished with project that has taken so long to work on.  But I have finally finished my Idria lace handkerchief as well as the Cantu ornament I began in December from Betty Manfre's class.  The handkerchief was begun in January, so it wasn't so bad to finish.

As always there are more works in progress.  I hope to finish a few more in the next couple of weeks-ok, months!
Here is a piece of Barjac Ombree that JoAnn finished last month after Ulrike's French lace class.


And here is the work still in progress,  Wow, just Wow!  Look at all those bobbins and pins!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Demonstrating at Folkfest

In case you have never heard of Folkfest, it is an annual festival hosted by New Braunfels' Heritage Village in New Braunsfels, Texas.  Heritage Village is the home of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture  holding some of amazing pieces of handmade furniture from the early 1800's.  All of it made by hand by early German settlers arriving in Texas.

JoAnn and Heather demonstrated bobbin lace outside the small outdoor kitchen while docents gave lectures about the structure and it's contents, until rain drove them into the building for shelter.
JoAnn worked on a large scale Bucks Point lace which will one day grace her fireplace mantle.


Heather worked on a Hinojosa fan.

The two even graced the front page of the local paper, The Herald-Zeitung on April 11.

The festival held demonstrations and activities such as flint napping, hatchet throwing, quilting, sewing, folk dancing, basket making and of course lace making. Re-en-actors showed what is was like to be in the confederate army and part of the Buffalo Soldiers after the Civil War.  There was so much going on, it was difficult to keep up with it all.  It was interesting and fun to see the history come alive.

If you are in the area during the 2nd week of April next year, stop in and enjoy all the festivities.  Be sure to come by to meet the Alamo Bobbin Lacers demonstrating at the event.  Or just stop by Heritage Village during their open hours and look at the wonderful museum and preserved buildings from Texas' early history. Sorry, the lace makers are only there during the festival.

Heather G.