August 24, 2015

IOLI Convention 2015 – Lace on the Prairie

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Tatting at 11:32 am by dianelaces


This year’s convention of the International Organization of Lace was held in Coralville, Iowa and hosted locally by the Doris Southard Lace Guild, of which I am a member.  I arrived on Sunday, July 26 as set up and events were beginning on Monday the 27th.  The convention prior to ours was Anime Iowa, so everyone was dressed in lots of great costumes and people watching was fun while waiting for friends to arrive and our room to be available.  The anime folks didn’t just let us take their pictures – they posed!


The IOLI convention has evening events, group meals, and tours but the main draws for me are the classes, the vendor room, and the lace exhibit.  I chose to take a 12-hour class in the afternoons with Karen Bovard in Pearl Tatting.  I’ve been looking for a jump start to my tatting and thought that learning this new technique would do it for me, and it did!  Karen was an excellent teacher, very excited about her topic and encouraging.  I don’t have a lot of my samples because most of them turned into bracelets for the nieces.  We started a big project that I haven’t finished yet but am eager to get back to it.  I will do another blog post about that project and an overview of pearl tatting.


I didn’t buy much in the vending room, but I decided that I would purchase one fun book that is not readily available from other sources.  Since so many Japanese people respond to my pictures of tatting on Instagram I realized that tatting is big over there and they are publishing some gorgeous books.  I pondered and am thrilled with the Japanese tatting book I chose to buy.  I have already made a few of the bracelets from the book and started a necklace and the belt.  The patterns are diagrammed and clear for an intermediate tatter who doesn’t read Japanese, like me.


I also purchased several threads for tatting and some for a bobbin lace scarf that I plan to start soon.  I picked up a few bobbins, a brake for my roller pillow and a kit for a bobbin lace-covered neckace.  Oh and a tiny latch hook for making sewings in tape lace.  One thing not shown is the lovely nostepinne for winding yarn balls that I got from Al Frederickson.  It’s already in my knitting bag.

Each meal and event had favors at the place settings.  Thank you to all the groups who donated and made items for us.


I think there were approximately 250 people registered and attending.  People traveled from all over the US and the world and if they hadn’t been to Iowa before I think they were pleasantly surprised.  The Marriott staff were marvelous and bent over backward to make sure all our needs were met.  So many of the attendees commented to me about how nice the staff was.  And the volunteers made the whole thing run; some of our members had never attended a convention but they jumped in and helped and made it a great experience.

The week ended with our gala banquet and entertainment by a woman who gave an excellent and engaging program about hats.  As soon as it was over I flew out of the hotel because my brother and his family were visiting from Connecticut and I was eager to spend time with them.  He was there waiting to whisk me away, what a great guy!

July 26, 2015

IOLI Convention is almost here!

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Tatting at 8:57 am by dianelaces


Got all the supplies packed for my pearl tatting class. Got a week’s worth of clothes & lace finery packed. Picking up money on the way out of town. Hubby is driving me to Coralville, IA for the annual lacemaking convention, this year hosted by the Doris Southard Lace Guild- of which I am a member.  There will be classes, lectures, vendors, exhibits, demos, and reuniting with friends. The best part is spending a week with people who share the same passion and interest in a topic.

May 15, 2015

Me Made May – Week 2

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting at 3:16 pm by dianelaces

It’s coming to the end of the second week and I wore something hand made each weekday, without duplicating anything so far!

Monday, May 11 – Filey socks by Ingleside Belle.  This is one of my favorite sock patterns, truly a unisex pattern.  I’ve knit these for both my husband and myself.


Tuesday, May 12 – Verdant shrug by Gina Bonomo.  This was a great use of mystery yarn that was in my stash.  I wear it to work, and I wear it over my jammies.  So useful and comfy!


Wednesday, May 13 – ‘s Gravenmoerse bobbin lace pendant and bracelet.  Just like the gold one I wore last week, but this on is in blue.  I especially love the bracelet.


Thursday, May 14 – Lily of the Valley Estonian scarf by Helen Wallin.  I knit this in 2009 to wear to the IOLI convention that year.  One of the first lace knitted things I made.


Friday, May 15 – My favorite blue scarf.  You have seen this one on here before, but I can’t resist it.  The color is so cool and calming and yet summery.


May 11, 2015

Me Made May – Week 1+

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting, Tatting at 3:07 pm by dianelaces

I’m participating in the Me Made May challenge with the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast.  The first week went pretty well and it was fun.  I looked at my things in a new light.

Friday, May 1 – Rusted Root, knitted in 2009 with Knit Picks Cotlin yarn.  My first attempt at a pullover.


Monday, May 4 – Meadowlark by Amy Swenson, knit in 2014 with Trendsetter Yarns Cash Woole.  It didn’t fit until I lost 50 lbs.  Still could stand to be blocked out some more, but I like it.


Tuesday, May 5 – Starlace Infinity Scarf by Pearl Morgan.  Knit in 2013 with Bijou Basin Ranch Shangri-La that I inherited from my mother-in-law.  She bought the yarn and discovered she doesn’t like knitting with laceweight yarn.  I encourage her to buy more laceweight!


Wednesday, May 6 – a ‘s Gravenmoerse bobbin lace pendant.  Not sure what year I made this, probably 2009.  I get out of the habit of wearing my lace.


Thursday, May 7 – Vintage Vest by Linda Burt.  This was knit in 2010 with Red Heart Sock & Sweater yarn.  I don’t like the goofy thing going on with the notches, but I really like this vest and get a lot of wear from it in the summer.


Friday, May 8 – Tatted Celtic Knot earrings.  Love these!  Wear them all the time.


May 1, 2015

Me Made May

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting, Tatting at 4:52 am by dianelaces

There is a thing going around some of the sewing blogs where people use the month of May and wear garments every day that they made. I am going to try this, but my goal is to wear “something” I have made each weekday.  I don’t sew garments, but between my hand knits and some of the lace jewelry and accessories I have this might be possible.  We will see!
Here are some of the things you might see in the next month.




January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting at 6:02 pm by dianelaces


I am reacquainting myself with all my current works in progress and worked a little on each of these today, some more than others!
1. Purple cable sweater from Craftsy class. Just needs sewing up and knit the neckband. (For me)
2. Rhinebeck sweater. Started the collar. Needs sleeves. (Me)
3. Green hat, Cousteau pattern. (Gift)
4. Purple slouchy hat, my pattern. (Gift)
5. Socks, plain vanilla with a couple of cables. Fish lips kiss heel. (Me)
6. Sock yarn blanket. (Me)
7. Bobbin lace ornament. Getting a head start on next Christmas! (Gift)

Can you believe while I was working on these I was planning several new projects?  Yes, it’s true!  I want to knit another baby sweater and would like to have some Orenburg lace on the needles. This weekend I have some tatting planned – my little tree needs a longer garland. It is going to be a good year!

December 16, 2014

Lace on the tree

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Tatting at 8:08 pm by dianelaces


Here are some of my lace ornaments on the Christmas tree.

October 28, 2014

Office decor

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Tatting at 3:35 pm by dianelaces


Just thought I would share some if my lace that I use to decorate my cubicle wall. I used to change it out, but these pieces have been hanging for quite a while.
The large black tatted butterfly was copied from a piece my mom picked up in an antique store. The small white swan is bobbin lace. The pattern is Schneeberger and I got it from Lisa Baumeister many years ago. The tatted penguin is my own design. The other tatted animals are from Jane Eborall’s website. I especially love the flamingo and the giraffe.

November 11, 2013

Lace was made by all

Posted in Bobbin Lace at 4:29 pm by dianelaces

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:

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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

Retreat weekend is here!

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Tatting at 8:25 am by dianelaces

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!


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