Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saint Nick Christmas offering

Rose Anne shared this Christmas postcard she made with us. 

Machine needle felting and hand embroidery
Background has iron on stabilizer for free-hand machine felting process, then outlined with hand embroidery. 
Fly stitch embroidery for tree and circle frame with French knot berries.
Tree top is a crystal heart with ribbon bow for top.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lace Collar or Cuff

Gerdine shared this sample of Irish Crochet from County Antrim, Northern Ireland circa early 1900’s. 
Leaves and grape motifs are connected by clone stitches and a crochet edging.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

What is it?

Gerdine brought in a stack of round crochet motifs that are mounted on fabric inserts.  One of us thought it is a pin cushion.  Others thought the collection of motifs were stacked together to be used for a larger project later.

What do you think?

Irish crochet
Circa 1900
Country Antrim, Northern Ireland

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Possible child’s collar

Gerdine shared this lace sample from the early 1900’s.  We think it may be a child’s collar.

Rose and three leaf clover motifs
Clone stitch ground
Scalloped crochet edging

Irish crochet from County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2011 Lace Guild Advent Calendar!

Our friends at the Lace Guild posted their 2011 Holiday Advent Calendar.

Some of the hidden treasures are not just the photos – there are a few patterns too.  Check it out every day to see what’s new.

There’s also a competition.  Just answer five easy questions relating to the pictures in the Advent calendar.  Details are available on their website.

Photo credit / pattern

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mary’s Lace

Mary is the host of the Northern Lights Lace Makers monthly get together at St. Peter's Anglican Church. 

Here you can see her adding 40 pairs of bobbins to her new Bedfordshire bobbin lace project.