Bobbin Lace: Roses are…

While the knife handles were being covered in varnish, which is a few hours work a day followed by a whole day of waiting, I have designed and made another bobbin lace picture. This time a rose. It was a lot easier than the two previous designs because the blossom is de-facto just a spiral. And whilst the leaves are more complicated, they were just ten bobbins and could be made almost in one go.

We tried several backgrounds and the grey one worked best again. On a dark background, the thorns on the stem were not visible at all and on a light one, the blossom was poorly defined.

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To show you the difference in style between me and my mother, here is one of her roses, several decades old by now.

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  1. voyager says

    Both styles are gorgeous and I can’t say that I prefer one over another, but your mother’s piece looks to use a more complicated pattern, rather than a simple spiral. I do like the blush pink colour that you chose, Charly. It reminds me of the roses that my grandfather grew.

  2. jt56 says

    Hello Charly,
    They are both gorgeous. Is there a pattern for the first rose (your design)? I would like to make this.

    Kind regards,


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