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Offline Drac

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Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« on: January 20, 2010, 06:44:15 PM »
Good day all,

Was just directed to this site and was curious if there are any one else who does fabric crafts such as hardanger, blackwork, card weaving or bobbin lace?

Thanks for your time,
Drac
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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 07:33:20 PM »
I've touched on blackwork and have done card weaving on an inkle loom.  I have everything I need to learn bobbin lace, but haven't started yet.  I'm hoping to take a class in August.

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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2010, 09:59:22 AM »
Here are a couple pieces I've done as practice.

A piece of lace:



A bookmark (very goth this).  Not a lot of detail as I used pearl:



And a work in progress:



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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 07:24:01 AM »
Here are a couple pieces I've done as practice.

A piece of lace:

A bookmark (very goth this).  Not a lot of detail as I used pearl:

And a work in progress:



Drac

Ok, that bobbin lace is really cool!  and it looks great!

As for the blackwork, I find it very interesting that you're doing it with waste canvas.  I was doing it freehand in the class I was taking and it was driving me nuts!  I'm guessing the piece under the canvas is on the yoke of the shirt?  It looks great!  Hoe long did the cuffs take you?

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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010, 08:01:25 AM »
Thanks.

Yep, I cheat.  If the fabric was even weave I might try it freehand but it's not so waste cloth it is.

I didn't really keep track but I would guess about maybe 5 hours, maybe a little less, as I'm really not the fastest stitcher on waste cloth.  On even weave or hardanger you can cruise.

By the way you mentioned learning bobbin lace.  Until you get in a class I will recommend this site -
http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/

Best I've came across.

Drac
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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010, 09:06:01 AM »
By the way you mentioned learning bobbin lace.  Until you get in a class I will recommend this site -
http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/

Bookmarked, thanks!

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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010, 09:33:38 AM »
For blackwork you might try -

http://www.blackworkarchives.com/

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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2010, 10:02:18 AM »
I have tried my hand at blackwork and that style embroidery and I hit the a roadblock.  I can't figure how to do my work on the fashion fabric I choose for my pieces.  I tend to cut my budget by using whatever fabric is on sale and it seldom has a perfect even "linenlike" weave.  Any advice to put these counted style patterns on my pieces?  Do you draw or trace them on or do you run some removable threads through as gridwork?   

I would love your suggestions!  Thank you!

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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2010, 10:38:07 AM »
I can chime in my my $.02 here.  I didn't do blackwork with it, but I did some cross-stitch down sleeves and used this...

http://www.ericas.com/xstitch/charlescraft.htm

You baste or tack it on to keep it in place, stitch through it and the fabric, then wet it and the strings slip right out.  I was plesantly surprised how easy it is to remove.  (since mine isn't blackwork, I won't hijack Drac's thread, but you can see similar fabric lying on the top half of the shirt in Drac's picture.)

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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2010, 11:13:52 AM »
That be it.  Don't ignore the basting or you piece will wonder all over the fabric.  My wife ran the above piece through her viking about once for every inch to keep it in place.  Wetting will also make a big difference when combined with a good set of eye brow tweezers when pulling the threads.

Drac

Edit - Checked out the bobbin lace site, MAN!! it's been expanded from the last time I checked it out
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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2010, 09:55:26 AM »
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!  That is just the stuff.   Wonder why I never ran into it before?  I placed my order and am looking for patterns again.    Can't wait for it to arrive to try it out!



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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2010, 10:07:11 AM »
If you have a Micheal's or a JoAnn near you get the 40% coupons they have every week and get it there.  They will have it in different stitch counts from 10.5 (most likely what you want to use) to 18 count.  If you don't go to the their websites and sign up for their email (if you have one near you do this too, twice the coupons ;D) and you will occasionally receive coupons for ordering online.

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Re: Any blackwork or bobbin lace makers out there?
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2010, 09:04:27 AM »
Thanks again!  I'll be sure to post my first project with credit to my coaches!

 

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