November 15, 2013
I thought Amy was going to deliver before I got this blanket to her! I’m pleased with it, I think she likes it.
It ended up being about 36 x 38″. I’m going to miss having it on my lap.
November 11, 2013
Got home yesterday afternoon and am enjoying a snowy Veterans’ Day at home while I put all my stuff away, smile over my finished objects, and wind more bobbins.
I finished 3 Christmas ornaments: one large red bauble and two small white bells. The red one was started back in August at the last guild meeting I attended and I didn’t touch it again until the retreat. But it’s finished, I love it, and I just wound bobbins to make it again. This time I’m going to change a few elements.
I love the little bells, I’m going to sew on a bead or two for the clappers since I wasn’t in the mood to make a tally. These turned out to be great teaching lessons for my friend Colleen and she turned out 3 of them (2 white and 1 red) during the weekend! What an accomplishment!
The red bauble took 30 pairs of Guterman size 50 sewing thread and a mystery gold metallic for the workers in the fans. The white bells were made with 4 pairs of Bockens 36/2 linen.
Here’s one of the bells in progress on my pillow:
The Shalom Center in Dubuque is a great place. The rooms are comfortable, the food is excellent, and the conference room is spacious with lots of light. There were 14 of us at the retreat. Most were working on ornaments. It’s always fun to get together with people that speak the same lace language! It’s something I look forward to every year.
November 8, 2013
I’m Retreating with the Doris Southard Lace Guild this weekend in Dubuque. It starts tonight but I decided to take the day off so I could get packed and decide what I’m going to work on. Good thing, because here I am at 8 a.m. and I have no idea what I’m going to do! Last year I had the big scarf project planned, but this year I’m just dithering. Nothing on my pillows but an ornament, so I think I’m going to finish that and try to make a few more. I’m getting excited; finished sewing the lace on my nametag this morning. The nametag is very old (1995 or 1996?) and the lace is very well-traveled. It’s a piece of Ipswich lace that I made and it went to Japan for the OIDFA conference a few years ago as a part of the American lace display. It just happened to fit around my nametag. I love the nametag because it has both a bobbin lace pillow and a tatting shuttle on it to show both my passions. Hopefully I will have some finished lace to show after the weekend!