It's taking forever but my first plaited caul is nearly finished. I keep running out of bobbins and have to finish off sections so I can use the bobbins in other sections.
And if you're wondering, I added the pearls which is a part of the reason it is taking so long to finish, adding beads really slow things down. I haven't added the beads on the outside edges this time, which makes it easier to tie off the bobbins and meant I didn't have to start over completely. I can't wait to see what it looks like and to see which finishing technique works the best (I've tried a few). So far I've used 153 pearl beads, 50 gram ball of perle no. 5 cotton and 88 bobbins, 40 of which have been removed and reused. The other 8 bobbins are still on my picot practice project on the bolster pillow, I thought I might have to use them but it turned out I didn't need to after all .
I wonder if there is a better way? I have an idea for a different pattern, and if I can figure it out will mean more economical yarn usage which will be important when using more expensive metallic fibres, as well as fewer bobbins and endings. If you have any ideas do let me know, as a complete novice to this bobbin lace stuff I can use all the advice and help I can get.