Friday, June 15, 2012

Nose to the Ground Stone

Here is my progress as of Friday night (t-minus 16 hours until class time) -- four (4) inches/10.2 cm. of Torchon ground.  I had wanted to reach the bottom of the pricking, but am about two (2) inches/5.1 cm. away from that goal. 

It might not look like much, but it represents my best effort and loads of hands-on learning.

[Hand-on learning:  a process whereby  I would: 1. work two repetitions 2.uncross-untwist back three repetitions to fix an unclosed pin.  3. Rework three repetitions. 4. Examine.  5. Find another unclosed pin.  Repeat from step 2...]

Tomorrow I will have the option to work this pattern again, using contrasting color thread in the center so I may see where the threads are going.  Or to advance to lesson 3.

The instructor is WAY too nice to say, "Honey, you  need more practice."  So I will choose to work this pattern again.  If I'm not blisteringly bored and/or have achieved error-free lace, more practice couldn't hurt.

Wish me luck that I will get to the bottom of the pricking next time!


Ladytats said...

you are doing very well. congrats on persevering.

** jess! ** said...

I'm impressed! :o)

rainbows and raindrops said...


Just keep at it!

Don't give up!

And if you haven't signed up yet - you want to win bobbins on my blog?

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I wish you luck, but I really don't think you need it. Your ground looks terrific!

Crazy Mom! said...

This looks LOVELY! And like a lot of hard work - you did well!

Keep crossing and twisting!

Caseymini said...

It looks good to me. I just received a gift of some very old bobbins from a friend, because I said that I would love to learn bobbin lace. I am following your progress to see what I have gotten myself into. Thanks!

IsDihara said...

Thank you ALL for such supportive comments!

Caseymini, really this exercise was not all that difficult. My setbacks involved not "closing" my pins. I wouldn't notice that the threads weren't crossing and twisting all the way around the pins. So there was easily as much undoing as there was doing.

This could be a very common mistake. It really helped me to learn to see when a pin is not closed. A good learning project, if a bit frustrating.

Frances said...

that is looking great, as a beginner of bobbin lace as well I understand your frustration. I dont have the benefit of at teacher only books, I think I am doing ok, although I havnt had bobbins on a pillow since I restarted my tatting.

N. Maria said...

So, it's that easy, huh? ;o)
I really want to learn how to bobbin lace. We'll see....

Margarets designer cards said...

Well done, lace making is not easy and you are doing a nice job. Well done