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Offline Drac

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Trying this again
« on: March 12, 2012, 08:21:35 PM »
Hello all,

I lurk around a bit.  I tried a fan a while back but couldn't get the thread right.  Finally got them right and starting it over again. 

Refresher, the pattern I'm trying -



After about 9 hours of bobbin winding -



Got it all setup -



After about a half a day.  First "set" is always the slowest since there is no foundation yet -



The next morning after the threads relax in place -



After a full day of work.  Goes a bit faster now that there is tension on it -



This morning after they relax.  Starting to look like something -



Have to be home for the next couple days to supervise some contractors.  Since my job will be to watch the paint to dry, I'll have plenty of time to do a bunch more.  Hoping this will go well.  I picked up the wood (walnut) to make the sticks out of.  Also have to figure out how to make the metal findings such as the D-ring to hold the bottom together and allow Amy to tie to her belt.  Also have to figure out how to latch it close when hanging on her belt.

Hopefully more to come...

Jim
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Offline FortuneRose

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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 10:32:27 AM »
wow!  That is looking amazing!  You'll show the finished project, right?  I would love to pick up something like this, but I think I would quickly get frustrated.
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 07:03:19 PM »
Well, after sitting for two 14 hour days I got the lace part done -



Onward to the sticks.

Jim
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 11:57:42 PM »
I'm impressed.
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 03:27:07 AM »
I'm completely lost as to how the actual... tying(?) is done.  It's absolutely lovely so far, though! 
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012, 05:44:31 AM »
HOLY CRAP
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Iam in total and complete awe
that is beyond amazing and fascinating
If you made a video of you working I could probably watch it for ages.

Where did you learn to do such amazing work??
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012, 05:54:02 AM »
I agree -- fascinating, amazing ...

Well done!

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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2012, 06:41:49 AM »
THanks all.  It looks fancy but it is very basic grounds (fillers) and fans (black area).


Where did you learn to do such amazing work??

I was shown how to do the torchon ground (most basic move) at the Ren Fair in KCK making a small (2"x1") favor.

Check out http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/index.htm

It is where I got the pattern and is one of the best sites for learning.  Better than most books I have.

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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 07:48:55 AM »
Wow.  that is really beautiful.  The pattern is fantastic and yes... you must have some real patience.   Great work  I am really looking forward to seeing the final finished piece.     

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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012, 08:26:33 AM »
I remember your earlier thread. So glad you were able to work out the bugs and finish your project. Beautiful work. Really great site! I've always been fascinated by this craft but had little idea how it was done.

My thoughts on how to carry the fan: It's so beautiful and seems so delicate. Perhaps a silk fan cover would be nice to protect it at faire. The cover could hang from the belt and the fan could be slipped in and out easily for use.

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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2012, 08:36:04 AM »
Wow!!! That is fantastic!! Bravo!!
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Offline Drac

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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2012, 09:51:24 AM »
My thoughts on how to carry the fan: It's so beautiful and seems so delicate. Perhaps a silk fan cover would be nice to protect it at faire. The cover could hang from the belt and the fan could be slipped in and out easily for use.

I like the idea.  Do up a sleeve with a little blackwork and should be ready to go.

Jim
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2012, 12:28:25 PM »
Well, the sticks didn't go as planned.  First was that at 1/8" they were way to think.  Stacked up were about 4" thick.  Bit hefty.  I thought I would thin them down once they were shaped or at least that was the plan. 

To quote Space Quest "and it exploded"  As I was chopping off the extra material it must have gotten caught because one second I'm slowly cutting downward the next it look like a Pirates of the Carribean battle scene!

I ordered a set that hopefully will be here Friday.  Also got the fabric in for you suggestion for the carrying bag. 

Also starting the next project.  A lace border for a handkerchief.  If all goes well it should also be white with black tourchan fans

Jim
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2012, 04:45:11 PM »
Got the sticks in.  Here is it laid out on the bird's eye maple with the myrtle burl above -



Amy will make the choice since it is her fan but we have 3 choices -

1 bird's eye

2 myrtle burl

3 keep both and do another fan  ;D

Jim
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2012, 09:22:37 PM »
I would love to see some close-ups of that, with a section showing how the sticks are in there...



Oh, and btw... it's lovely!!! 
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Offline Drac

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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2012, 06:55:47 AM »
Thanks.  Amy choose the birds eye maple.  Now I will have to attach the lace. 

From what I've read on line and in Ann Collier's Lace Fans book lace was normally glued to the sticks with a thin glue.  She recommends using white carpenter's glue.  It is applied and allowed to dry.  Than the lace is ironed on to the sticks.  There is a recommendation that is your are going to tie it to the sticks to do it at the top and the bottom as these are stress points.  The sticks do have 4 small holes predrilled for this.

I'm planning to finish it this weekend.  I'll post the completed pics.

Jim
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Re: Trying this again
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2012, 02:03:42 PM »
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