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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Calendar of Upcoming Events

ALAMO BOBBIN LACERS
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2015

January 31,      11-4                Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G.
February 21-22,                      Brenham Retreat-Ant Street Inn
February 28     12:00pm         Short Business Meeting during Lunch
February 28-March 2,             Ulricke Voelcker class-French Laces
February 28     11-4pm           Lacing at Tri Point with Heather G
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

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.