Norma's Needleworkz

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bits and Pieces

It has been quite a few weeks since my last blog post but I've been very, very busy. On my CQ4Newbies list we've just completed a Grand Motif Swap. This is a big event with this group and although I don't exchange as many baggies as some of the gals, this is one event I look forward to as I am always amazed at the creativity of this group. The top photo shows the goodies I received in exchange for my tatting bits and pieces.

Finally completed another pair of knitted socks that I began back in September 2008. I used a Beaded Rib pattern for the leg and instep and knitted from the toe up. The pattern shows up better when they are worn.

On my last post I showed a couple of "nekkid" bobbin lace pillows ...... well, they are now covered. The wine one above is known as the "one-and-only" because of the interchangeable parts. It is supposed to be the one and only pillow you'll ever need. Now do you know any needleworker that is ever satisfied with a "one-and-only" tool of any kind?????!!!!!! At least not me LOL I will use this pillow for my next bobbin lace piece as this is the pillow I'll take to my lace retreat in June and I need to try it out.

Of course, a new pillow needs a new carrying bag. I had on hand a nice piece of upholstery fabric that would compliment not only my "one-and-only" pillow but also my new roller pillow. There are open outside pockets on each side and the bag has the top portion folded down inside as this is the size I need for this particular pillow.

Here is the carry bag expanded to its full size. The pattern was originally intended to carry up to a full-size quilt but it works great for my bobbin lace classes.

Here is my newly covered roller pillow for my bobbin lace. The braid around the roller opening is also around the circumference of my "one-and-only" pillow.

My teacher's roller pillow with my current piece of lace in the working stage. This is just my second piece of lace and I learned how to make spiders, as well as cloth stitch and half stitch diamonds on a rose ground background.

My second piece of lace finished! I had to tie off this piece by myself and tried a fringe tying technique. My teacher hasn't seen this piece yet as my next class is Monday, April 20th. My first project will be started then. I already have my bobbins wound, including gimp (I'll be using a color accent for this) and I'll be learning how to make picots. Picots in bobbin lace are quite different from picots in tatting or crochet. Knowing how to do gimp and picots are necessary for my lace retreat class in June. I'm nervous and excited about my first lace retreat, but my teacher is working hard to get me up to snuff and she assures me the teacher is excellent and always glad to have newbies in her classes. Until next time we meet be blessed.


At 4/13/2009 02:36:00 PM, Blogger TattingChic said...

Nice "new" pillows! I have an antique french roller pillow...maybe you could help me cover that? LOL!

At 4/13/2009 10:50:00 PM, Blogger Miss 376 said...

What a lovely piece of lace, you've come on so far. I am sure you will love the retreat and will get so much from it

At 4/14/2009 05:54:00 AM, Blogger luv2lace1983 said...

You are off to a wonderful start! I can't believe that is just your second piece! Keep up the good work. It looks like you have a wonderful teacher!

At 4/16/2009 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Love your one and only with bag, followed immediately by another pillow. LOL! The motifs you received look great.

But . . . I adore your bobbin lace piece! That is so gorgeous, Norma. You improved from one to two just a thousand-fold. Really fabulous.

At 4/16/2009 01:23:00 PM, Blogger NormaH said...

Thank you Susan, you always have such encouraging words for me.

At 4/21/2009 04:31:00 PM, Blogger Thelma said...

Absolutely beautiful Norma! You are getting this lace making. I still can't get over all those bobbins. You probably get tired of hearing me say that but it totally amazes me. Love your pillows to! And that bag,,wowzers!!

At 6/04/2009 01:08:00 PM, Blogger Rose Anne B said...

Oh Oh Norma, this bobbin lace stuff looks very intricate and all those bobbins totally confusing if dropped!!! Now I like the wine pillow and me thinks you should take a tried and true pillow with you just in case to your retreat! Have fun!

At 6/04/2009 04:05:00 PM, Blogger NormaH said...

Thanks Rose Anne, it really isn't as complicated as it looks. Does take lots of concentration tho and the wine pillow is the one I'll be taking to my retreat.

At 6/05/2009 10:09:00 PM, Blogger Brodie and Ailsa said...

Hi Norma, I love your second piece, what great tension and your rose ground is fantastic! Much better than my second effort. I hope that you go far on your bobbin lace journey and that you get great enjoyment from it!. Cheers Shell (Rosemary's Lacey daughter)

At 6/06/2009 11:29:00 PM, Blogger crazyQstitcher said...

Norma your lace is beautiful. It looks like you have been making lace for years.

Have fun at the retreat


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