My vacuum pump was delayed one more week but it should be due to arrive today afternoon. In the meantime, the weather was cold and I could not be arsed to heat the workshop and start another project. So I have decided to spend some time exercising my bobbin lace making skills again.
Last year I have taken my grandmother’s old blueprints and I scanned them. And now I took the scans to photoshop and I refined them into a form that can be printed out.
As you can see, these are true antique blueprints, made with the technology that actually gave us the word.
For the printable templates, I have refined the curves a bit but I have done my best to preserve the original placement of pins and knots as well as the type of weave. My intention was to reproduce the old work, not to reinterpret it.
Doilies are insidious. You make the inner circle first and that is quick and easy. Then the next inner circle takes a bit longer but it is fairly quick still. The next one then takes even longer. And the outermost one then drags on and on for what feels like forever.
Bobbin lace making shows itself to be a reasonable upper-back and shoulder exercise. The bobbins weigh next to nothing but holding your hands at breast height for hours is not easy. It is not exactly hard work, but it is not as easy as some might think.
Regarding my technique, I am not at my mother’s or my grandmother’s level yet. I am not able to hide the beginnings/ends as well as they do, neither can I make some types of lace (the diamond shapes on the last one are fugly) as neat and regular as they do. However they both were making bobbin lace since childhood and for decades, whereas I only learned it last year, so I am not losing any sleep over not being as good as they.
I used to crochet them, I agree. At a certain point each round would take you a whole night and it was just booooooring
I think your doilies are lovely. The imperfections are tiny and add character. It takes a lot of time and practice to create perfectly symmetrical hand made textiles. Learning how to hide any errors can only come with experience.
I also crochet, and have an enormous round blanket in my unfinished projects bin. The bigger it gets, the longer it takes to do one row. Sadly, I messed up a stitch count in row 42, and did not catch it until row 46. It will stay in the bin until I can find the patience necessary to rip out all that work and start over.
Ágnes Herczeg is an amazing textile artist who uses bobbin lace and weaving to create textile sculpture. I get very inspired by her creations.
I think you’ve done a really good job there Charly especially given yu are still a relative novice.
Hope the pump finally turns up!