April 30, 2007

Knitting and sewing

Posted in Knitting at 5:31 pm by dianelaces

I have finally finished knitting a pair of socks for myself.  The pattern is Leslie’s Double Eyelet Socks designed by Leslie Taylor.  I really enjoyed knitting this pattern; it was very easy to remember.  I used a 98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic yarn from Cascade Yarns, purchased at the LYS, Fiber Wild in Galena.

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Over the past weekend I began sewing new curtains for our camper.  I was sewing outside and it got quite a bit windy, so I gave up after doing the first two small windows.  There are three large windows left, so I’ll probably get them finished this weekend.  Then I’ll purchase a new bedspread and most of the golden yellow textures will be gone. 

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April 6, 2007

Lace postcards

Posted in Bobbin Lace at 8:09 am by dianelaces

A big thank you to Jenny DeAngelis of Spain for sending me these lace postcards.  We are members of the Arachne mailing list on the Internet, and Jenny kindly had a raffle last month.  I was the lucky winner of the postcards!

There are 8 postcards in all, and Jenny also translated the Spanish descriptions for me.  They are photographs of both bobbin and needle lace.  I think my favorite is the Manto de Blonda (Blonde lace mantle), in the upper left corner of the first photo below.

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Thank you very much Jenny!  I will give the postcards a good home and enjoy sharing them with other lacemakers and those interested in lace.

April 5, 2007

Lace details

Posted in Bobbin Lace at 7:37 am by dianelaces

I realized that the lacemakers will want to know the details, so here they are:

The lace is about 5/8 of an inch wide and I’m using white Brok 140 thread.  Most of the wide Ipswich laces were made from black silk, but the narrow edgings were white. 

Here’s a closeup of the lace:

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Karen Thompson and Sheryl DeJong were my teachers at the IOLI Convention in Harrisburg, PA in 2004. 

Ipswich lace

Posted in Bobbin Lace at 7:26 am by dianelaces

I’ve had my portable pillow out lately and am working on a narrow Ipswich lace edging.  I usually keep this pillow at our camper, but since we haven’t opened up yet for the season I’ve enjoyed something different to work on.

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I love this lace.  This lace was drafted by Karen Thompson.  Following is the information that she provides with the pattern.

“The Smithsonian has a lace pillow that was used by Elizabeth Lord Lakeman of Ipswich, MA on which she made her lace.  There was a card tucked in the illow that read, ‘She lived to be over 90, worked on this pillow the day she died.  She feared she lacked ‘dying grace’ but God took her while she knelt in prayer.'”  She goes on to say that Elizabeth was born in 1767 and died in 1862.  I love the feeling of connection that I get when working this pattern.

I’ve started a pair of socks for myself using the same eyelet pattern that I made for Rebecca.  I really enjoyed working it.  And I love having a small project that I can tuck in my purse for stolen moments of knitting.