Saturday, June 9, 2012

My First Ground


Today I had a lesson in making bobbin lace, Torchon ground.  There would be more to show, except I arrived 30 minutes late and did not have my bobbins wound. (Naughty Student!)

The purple threads down the right-hand side are "bypass" threads -- intended to just hang out, running down the length of the foot side of the lace.  They get woven into the work by the traveling threads and provide a more sturdy edge upon which to sew the lace.  See how much I learned already?

Of course, this photo is upside down.  (The threads hang down from the crossed-and-twisted threads, not up.) Photographing it upside down allowed for a more crisp, clear cell phone image.

The real challenge will be to continue this pricking without the calming presence of the instructor nearby to help troubleshoot my mistakes and fix them. Cross you fingers that I don't get it all in a muddle!


10 comments:

Fox said...

Ohhh, I am shuddering.... You are very brave!
Fox : 0

deanna7trees said...

it took me 2 years with a teacher before i could do anything on my own so just be persistent. there are lots of good videos on you tube and lots of good books out there. enjoy.

Ladytats said...

have fun, bobbin lace befuddles me. I have a gal who sits next to me at WMSTR when I demonstrated tatting for 4 days. but I can't figure out bobbin lace. she goes fast, she would slow down if I asked, but there is no time to watch her demo. I is pretty lace tho.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

It looks like you're off to a good start!

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

Lots of twisting. And swapping bobbins. Have fun- better you than me!

Bree at "Bree's Way" said...

excellent work, and I am super jealous! I have wanted to learn how to do this for a long time :D

Margarets designer cards said...

Well it's looks good what you did do, lace is not easy but looks so lovely when done. Good luck I hope you can do more with the teacher.

Margaret

wickedtats said...

ooo! gogogo!

Sunela said...

How I wish there was someone near me who can teach me too!!! Great job.

Val said...

You're off to a good start! Way to go.