Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Needle Lace

Ah, my second foray into needle lace.  Last year, (in November perhaps?) Kay taught our group s couple of the basic stitches of needle lace.  After seeing some of the lovely needle lace projects at the I.O.L.I. Convention, I was motivated to try this lace again.  My first project was fair, my second was DREADFUL!  My third,was ok.  I am on my way!
My first needle lace project 

If you are looking for instruction on needle lace, may I suggest you check out, needlelacetalk.ning.com.  It is a sight dedicated completely to needle lace.  They have wonderful links and suggestions for books to learn the first stitches.  There are groups for beginners needle lace, Amelia Ars, Gros Point, Pags lace and so much more.  It is so worth joining, so go check it out.  Be sure to check out the Guild of Needle Laces, it is based in Great Britian and has wonderful beginner and intermediate booklets as well as really cute beginner kits to purchase.
                                                          My second lace attempt-ugh!!

             My latest attempt-better!         
I'm off to work on my next sampler, a leaf this time. I hope I have learned from these attempts!
Heather G.          

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another Cantu Lace Piece Begun

Here is a Classic Cantu piece that I have begun a few days ago, (okay, it was started over a month ago) I'll be ready for Bette Manfre's Cantu class in December.

But, Ihave begun to realize that I have that so common ailment which strikes crafters of all kinds, UFOD.  Yes, Unfinished Object Disorder.   It is a serious disorder! Not only did I begin this beautiful Cantu lace,

 but I have also have begun a Teneriffe lace piece in order to learn this lovely needle lace style.

I already have an unfinished Ipswich lace piece (not pictured) as well as a Bedfordshire piece from my class with Jean Leader at the I.O.L.I. 2014 convention. 

As well as my Hinojosa lace from my class at the convention.

And now I plan to work on a new project to learn needle lace.  I have a serious problem, but I'm not sure if I need or want help! Perhaps it's time to place myself on project restriction....

Nah, we have a T√łnder class with Karen Thompson coming up in September! Can't wait!  

We still a couple slots left open, so reserve your place for this class on September 13-15!

Heather G.

Friday, August 8, 2014

More of I.O.L.I. Convention

Tuesday had the luncheon where Karen Thompson gave an amazing talk about war lace and the Belgium during World War I.  This picture is of one of the prices of lace she discussed.  It is not from the event, but from my visit to the Smithsonian.  My photos during Karen's lecture did not turn out well.  

Wednesday, I took the tour of The Lace Museum and Lacis.  

The Lace Museum is in a small strip mall in Sunnyvale, about 2 hours from Sacramento.  If you ever get the chance to, you must see this wonderful little museum. My simple descriptions cannot do justice to this wonderful place

They had lace tablecloths and table runners in pont de gaze hanging on the walls like enormous fine paintings,  a dress made out of point de gaze adorned a mannequin, a crochet bedspread lay across the central table, a delicate Alencon collar draped across the seat of a wooden chair.  Glass cases lined the wall filled with bobbin and needle lace collars, cuffs and doilies.  It was like walking into a lace makers fantasy.  A magnificent war lace toble topper lay carefully protected atop a flat file cabinet which was full of magical pieces such as a tatted bead shawl and hair lace floral sprays and a hair lace vest.

 I am sorry that I cannot share photos of these marvels with you, but the museum has a strict policy of publishing photos, and I have not received permission to release my photos.  But I must admit that my pictures simply do not do justice to this increadable museum dedicated to lace.

By the time we made it to lacis, our time was limited and I spent all of my time shopping for books, bits of lace, and lace supplies.  It was wonderful to shop for all the items that I must shop online for.  

Friday night was the banquet where Lia Baumeister-Jonker shared her amazing collection of antique lace.

This convention has been fabulous!  If you get the chance to attend an I.O.L.I. Convention, you will not be sorry.  I plan on attending the next on in Coralville, Iowa.  I hope to see you there.

Heather G

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I.O.L.I. 2014 Convention

The I.O.L. I. Convention has been amazing so far.

We arrived to the hotel in Sacramento and spent most of our first day visiting with friends from around the world, many of whom we are able to see only at the convention each year.

On Sunday morning we registered for the convention and received our nametags, meal tickets, schedules, and information packets.

Lining the walls of the information area were worktables stacked with items donated from vendors and guild members from around the United States and the world. Many of these items were handmade for this event to use to raffle off during the convention.  So many items were donated, over 178 wonder things,  that it was decided the drawings would be held daily instead of three times during the convention.  These items included a cookie pillow stand, a bolster pillow, Bobbin rolls, Bobbin cases, bobbins, gift baskets of all kinds, crocheted doilies and shawls, and even knitted lace shawls.

Each of us scurried around to purchase tickets for the drawing to get our chance at winning some of these treasures.  Then we joined the other attendees in waiting for the vendor room to open. The vendor room is a lace makers paradise filled with bobbins of every shape and color,  threads of every size and color lined the walls, there were pillows boaster pillows cookie pillows at the foam pillows, pillow bags, cover cloths in all shapes colors and decorations. And let's not forget the books.  Hundreds of books lay on long tables across the room. It was all wonderful fun exciting and overwhelming.  Beverly, Sherry, and I all scurried around the room and hopes of finding the perfect treasure before someone else snapped it up.

That evening at the opening dinner, entertainers dressed in 1849 garb entertained us with a lively skit and a bit of sleight-of-hand magic. Perfect end to a very lively day.

On Monday we began a full and busy day of classes, interspersed with runs to the fabled vendors room to make more purchases. And to purchase more raffle tickets for more chances at the wonderful items lining the walls.

Monday evening brought the teachers showcase. An event that allows the teachers to show their works of lace. Here are a few pictures I was able to snap off during the teacher showcase.
Beverly and Sherry admiringly Gillian Dye's lace

Karen Thompson, showing her Ipswich lace, with Sherry

Holly Van Sciver with Sherry 
That's all for today.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mounting and Finishing class

The mounting and finish class was wonderful.  We learned different ways to mount lace onto fabric, including the pin stitch and making a rolled edge to mount lace to a straight edge.  Here are a few of items we worked on.

Beverly mounted this lovely bucks point lace onto satin ribbon to make a wedding garter.

 Heather G mounted Bedfordshire lace to make a nice hankie.

Here is Dori hard at work, sewing an edge of Torchon lace to fabric for her handkerchief.

We are getting ready to attend the I.O.L.I. Convention in Sacremento, California.  Winding bobbins and finding suitcases large enough to hold an 18 inch pillow is filling more time than we'd like.  But at least I have finally sorted out how to post on this blog from my ipad!  I am hoping to post a few things from the convention.  Wish me luck-I need it when working with electronics!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Finished Projects

Here are a few of the items that members have finished the past month, or so.

Heather N. finished her teapot in Louise Colgan's Milanese class

Karen finished her teapot and added a tea cup to go with it.

Pat finished her tulip from Louise Colgan's Milanese class in Brenum, TX and added three more to frame as a set.
 Pat also finished her Cantu mat from Bette Manfre's class
Sherry finished her phoenix from Louise Colgan's Milanese class.

What wonderful work everyone has done.  So productive, and the work is so pretty.  Thanks to everyone for the pictures and letting me post them on the blog.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Look at this amazing piece! While Janet from our group was traveling in Europe recently, she sent us these incredible photos.  Thanks Janet.

We're visiting in a Belgium farmhouse and I was talking to the 80-year old matriarch and she showed me this piece from her grandmother. She also has a lovely top her grandmother wore.