Bobbin Lace has always intrigued and intimidated me. It just looks soooo complex and the one book I do have that explains how to do bobbin lace gave me the impression there would be lots of counting stitches.
I don't like counting stitches which is why I have never knitted anything more complex then a scarf. I get distracted and forget where I am. Anyway, I was convinced that bobbin lace making was difficult and I would never learn how. This is the story of how wrong I was.
I was ironing a zillion meters of bias binding and watching You Tube which was still novel for me on account of suddenly having enough bandwidth to do so.
A couple of bobbin lace tutorials later I was firmly convinced of just how wrong I had been and that lace making just may be a whole lot easier then I thought. But you needed so much equipment, and starter kits were not exactly on the cheap side. I wasn't about to throw money at something until I had given it a go to see if I liked it first.
I rummaged around with the torch for my pins and a bit of ethafoam (that's the shiny foam that stuff gets packed with instead of styrofoam) that was destined for the rubbish bin, some crochet cotton and Thérèse de Dillmont's Encyclopaedia of Needlework, first published in 1884 (free from Gutenberg,
You'll find I reference her book A LOT - so go and get it. I've also got two hard copies of the anniversary edition which were about $18 each at a discount book store. Thérèse worked for Dollfus-Mieg et Cie (DMC), it is an amazing resource that every crafter should have. I digress, back to our story).
I still had to figure out what to use for bobbins. A rummage around the shed and I decided some big house building nails just might be the go. I set myself up outside in the sunshine and made a 'pricking' and set to figuring out how to cross and twist and twist and cross the threads.
The nails worked, they made my yarn and my hands quite dirty but they had a lovely weight to them and made a pretty tinkling sound as I used them. I did wish the heads had been a bit bigger though.
I made a terrible mess of my first attempt but I learnt where I had gone wrong and started over. My second attempt was more successful. Yes, I think I would like to pursue this craft further. This meant I needed to sort out a better lace making kit.