August 21, 2010

I’m learning to spin

Posted in Spinning at 11:22 am by dianelaces

I got a spindle and some fibre.  I’m making yarn.  Gotta go…

August 19, 2010

Wordle

Posted in Bobbin Lace at 12:09 pm by dianelaces

I just found a fun new toy on the Internet…www.wordle.net.  I put in the address of this blog and it created the following artwork based on the occurrence of certain words.  (Larger words appear more often.)  It is really fun and I think accurately expresses my interests, especially in lacemaking.

Hmmm, looks like “started” occurs more frequently than “finished”.

August 18, 2010

Where has the time gone?

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting, Tatting at 12:08 pm by dianelaces

Has it really been this long since I’ve posted?  I’m appalled at myself for neglecting the blog so badly.  Actually, I haven’t been doing much this summer except reading tons of books on my Nook.

I have been working on Mom’s birthday present, but it must remain un-named and un-photographed until she receives it in October.  I’ve also been knitting a lacy little sweater for myself that only needs sewing up and finishing, so I’ll take a photo of that soon.  I did do some bobbin lace demonstrating…

Bobbin lace demo

 

Chaplin Creek Historic Site in Franklin Grove, Illinois invited me to demonstrate at their Harvest Festival on July 31-August 1.  A very nice man came and took my photo (thanks Vagabond Ed!) because I was foolish and forgot to take my camera.  It was a very hot day, but I had a nice spot under a shade tree and there was a breeze.  Quite a few people stopped to ask what I was doing, so I think I exposed bobbin lace to a lot of people who had no idea how lace was made before machines.  There was a fiber festival also that weekend and I picked up a drop spindle and some roving to attempt spinning.  I forgot my lesson as soon as I got home, so I’m going to have to work on that a bit.

I received an early birthday present from my hubby – “Up and Tat ‘Em”, a new book of tatting designs by Marilee Rockley.  I love her books.  She has such creative designs and they photographs and directions are so clear and easy to follow.  I’m already planning what I’m going to start this weekend.