As many of you know, embracing social media in relation to our love of yarn and crafts really does enable us to make connections with like minded people we would otherwise never have known. We can share our passion and there’s a mutual appreciation and understanding! The connections I’ve made with people from all over the world through this Blog, my Instagram and Facebook has been so wonderful… 😊
But it’s also enabled me to make connections with people closer to home and that resulted in me going to a local ‘Lacemakers’ group yesterday!
A lovely lady, Gail, who follows my blog and took part in my blanket crochet along sent me an email with some very kind feedback and we had some email exchanges – which then led me to discover that Gail attends a Lacemakers group on the third Saturday of every month which is held in a place walking distance from my home!
How could I not pop by… so we arranged for me to come along and we agreed that we would both bring our blankets.
Three generations of my family went along as my daughter and my mum both came with me… I knew we were in the right place when I walked into the room and immediately saw a ‘Seaside Stash Busting Blanket’ there on a table… 😊
Isn’t that wonderful! It always takes my breath away when I see another Seaside Stash Busting blanket, especially for real, and I so love Gail’s colours and her choice of edging. 😊
And I put my own blanket there too…
And then I went around the room to see the ladies at work (no male lace makers there I’m afraid although I’m sure they must be around. 😉 Now I’ve never tried lace making before so it was amazing to see the different patterns and designs that were being made…
It looks so intricate and quite daunting – look at all those pins! But I was assured that it’s not as difficult as it looks! I’m often telling people that crochet is much easier than it looks so can relate to this…
The photo above is of a gorgeous dusky pink piece of lace being made and we calculated that there are about 150 Bobbins being used! But I’ve learned that only 2 pairs are worked with at a time which is obviously more manageable.
And I’ve also learned that the bobbins themselves are really collectable and pieces of art in themselves… I saw some gorgeous bobbins today with beautiful patterns, engravings and colours. There were some antique ones as well as family heirlooms and in various materials too, including wood and bone. And the beads at the ends were beautiful too… lace making is certainly a very pretty craft to do!
And then I was able to have a go myself… Gail had informed me in advance that there would be a try-out pillow available to have a little go and “if you can count four, like a lot of craft things, the basic stitch is very easy – just like plaiting.”
Another kind and patient lady, Greta, talked me though the first steps on this practice piece which was actually going to be a snake…
And gradually the snake got longer…
And my daughter had a go too…
…as well as crocheting a bit more of her own ‘Seaside Stash Busting Blanket’ which has very slowly been growing!
So a lovely morning was had. It’s always great to see crafters crafting and to be in a room with people who love craft as much as I do. I’ve certainly learned a little more about lace making too. I really liked the logical and repetitive movements of the bobbins.
But it was back to my crochet hook that evening… there’s not enough hours in the day to achieve all the crochet I would like to do, let alone start a new craft – but maybe one day!
Have any of you lovely readers had any experience with lace making?
It’s good to try other crafts. The threads used for lace are so much more fragile than those for crochet. Yes, lace was the first craft I tried after knitting and crochet. I made some bookmarks for Christmas presents, but then investigated fabric crafts which I taught for many years before returning to crochet. Lovely to see you generations taking part too.
Thank you so much… yes I really enjoyed trying something new… it’s so good to have an awareness and how these crafts can all compliment each other… I really like the sound of a bookmark! 😊💙💙
It was lovely to lace makes on your blog – I myself is a lace maker been doing it for about 30ish year now and love it – I also love doing crocheting- started crocheting when I was a child but only took it up again about 3years ago – I’ve just seen your new CAL so I think I’ll have a go at it – date now is 11th April 2019 xx
Thank you for your lovely comment… it will be lovely to have you crocheting along! 🙂
Wow! That looks like an amazing art form. I’d love to give it a go. It does look rather daunting when you see all those bobbins!
That’s how I felt Amanda… but it really is more straight forward than it looks!! 💙😊
I think there’s somewhere near me that does it. I might have to give it a try. Xx
Oh yes you should Amanda… I loved giving it a go! 😊❤️
It looks just beautiful but goes so slowly, I wouldn’t have the patience.
I know what you mean Cathy… 😊💙💙
What a beautiful craft. Using #10,20,and 70 thread count will be the closest I get to making lace. It makes beautiful doilies, bookmarks, and snowflakes. I would love to learn how to tat, but it was very intense. My grandmother made gorgeous tatting lace for my dolls. Lots of great memories. Thanks for sharing your post.
You’re very welcome Connie! It was a special morning that was too good not to share… it’s a beautiful craft but I’ll be sticking with my crochet hooks for now! 😊❤️
Breathtakingly beautiful. And I absolutely know that I would end up making a rat’s nest! Rat’s Nest Lace. Yup.
Ha ha… let’s stick with the crochet hooks Maureen!! 😂🤣 Although it really was surprisingly more simple than I thought!! ❤️❤️❤️
Lovely to see the lace taking shape . I recognise the venue as I go to a quilting group there as that is my other love. I’m crocheting small blankets for premie babies at the moment. Thanks for interesting blog
You’re very welcome Dee… it was a lovely morning! Another person living nearby… 😊❤️
Wow that’s amazing…it actually hurt my brain though looking at all of those tiny pins, I don’t think my eyesight would help me with this craft….with crochet I can sometimes do it without my glasses on, my finished piece is quite obviously the Monet of the crochet world…being both short sighted without lenses and long sighted with them….oh the confusion. I love everyone getting together for crafting, we are hoping to move next year and then I might just find a local group or even start one 🙂 x
I know what you mean about all those tiny pins! You should really start a new group when you move… it’s so lovely to share crafts together! 💙😊
Hi Eleonora! I made lace when I was a teenager. My mum did a class and came home and taught me. These days I wear glasses and the tiny pins and holes would be a step too far but I treasure a few bits that I made and mum and auntie made too. I still have the pillows and bobbins….! (It also leaves you with an inability to pass a box of broken jewellery in a charity shop without thinking ‘spangles’!)
I’ve just started another blanket. It’s a mix of the SSSBB and Little Wollies because I must learn how to do the Catherine wheel. I’m aiming to get it done to gift as a Christmas present.
Love the idea of another CAL next year.
Hi Caz… lovely to hear from you! How wonderful the memories you have of lace making – so special! And your new blanket sounds fabulous…😊❤️❤️
yes! I went to a couple of classes. In the first one I started with something much like your snake, then made a more open bookmark. The second class i was actually using the lace weight thread and made a bookmark that, each time I look at, makes me wonder that I actually made it! I have a pillow and some bobbins, I really want to make some more lace again!
Go for it! It’s an amazing craft for sure… 😊💙
Where can I find the pattern for your Stash Afghan from start to finish?
Hi Deborah… here’s the link to week 1 where you’ll have all the information. It’s either on my website in weekly instalments or you can purchase a PDF fir the whole pattern… 🙂💙 https://coastalcrochet.com/2018/01/19/this-is-exciting-im-hosting-a-crochet-along-part-1/