Friday, September 18, 2015

More Fiddly than Tatting!

I many times prefer old fiddly things to new.  I like my fiddly antique spinning wheels so much I sold all but one of my more modern wheels.  I use these old spinning wheels to make yarn, so that I rarely buy ready made yarn anymore.  Most of the wool I spin, is naturally colored and cleaned here in the studio, another fiddly process, though I do buy pretty colors of "ready to be spun up" wool on occasion!     I weave on fiddly old floor looms, projects that I sell at 2 fall shows that are coming up very quickly now.  I have done cross stitch, dabbled in quilting, and  I learned how to tat years ago, though I don't do much of those crafts now.

Well, within the last 6 weeks, I have taken up a new old fiddly craft.  It may even be the fiddliest of them all!  It all started when my Husband got a virus that was going around.  I am of the belief that if I may come down with something like that, I am surely not going to take the chance of spreading it around the city!  So, I was stuck at home wanting to do something different!

I suppose I found this craft on You Tube or something like that, I get into all sorts of trouble there.  Anyway, my interest was peaked, I had some things I could cobble together to see if I liked this fiddly old craft.  So I started assembling everything, skewers, beads, paper, glue, rolling pin, felted wool, pins and some patterns from the internet.

I don't think you would ever be able to guess what I have gotten myself into from that list, so I will set your mind a rest.  The new old fiddly craft  is Bobbin Lace.  I stumbled around on my own, and then let Carol my weaving teacher know that she had a new convert to the new old fiddly craft.  I told her to sit down while she read the email, and to not laugh too loudly.

After I did several beginner projects, I set about on something a little more challenging.

 Here we are after 50 hours or so, back around to the beginning.  It took me so long because I kept having to un-lace as much as I laced.  The pattern is from the book "Making Lace with the Little Grey Rabbit", and I am using silk sewing thread that I picked up on sale at Jo-anns.
I need to trim off the thread where I joined to two ends, and put some lovely linen in the center, and this project will be done.

My next project is already on the pillow.  I do lace first thing in the morning, from 5 until 7, while I drink my coffee and listen to inspiring words in some good audio books.  It makes my day!

Until next time, Happy Crafting, Tina


  1. Your lace is beautiful. I've toyed with bobbin lace but just can't find any extra time in my day. There is a local lace guild and several of my friends make bobbin lace. I've resisted so far in being sucked into - I know it's got to be fun. Looking forward to seeing more of your lace.

    1. Cindie, thanks so much! I fit it in by doing it really really early in the morning, before most of my world is stirring. You can't tell by the pictures but the lace is only 4inches across.