Thursday, June 23, 2011

L.A.C.E. Day 2011

On Saturday, June 18th, Karol and I went to
L.A.C.E. Day in Downer's Grove, Illinois.

We took a Beginning Bobbin Lace class with
Susie Johnson and Jane O'Connor.

With wonderful instruction and demonstrations, all of the students
(except me) finished their snake.

I didn't catch on to the rhythm of the bobbins for awhile.

We took a break for lunch + enjoyed chatting with Diane, Lace-Lovin' Librarian, and members of the L.A.C.E. chapter.

Went back to our pillows + bobbins, (was so hot in that room!)
and I think it was easier for me to work the pattern
after we took a break.

Opted to un-pin before completing.

In addition to talking with Diane and Karol ....

Late in the day, was introduced to three other bloggers: Gina (blogging at Threads of a Tatting Goddess and Poems of Lace & Embroidery), Marilee (blogging at Yarn Player blog) , and Sue Anna (new to me blog Sue Anna's Blog).

If you haven't already, check out their blogs!!

As for the Illinois Lace event - job well done : ) What a friendly and knowledgeable group.
For more information, see their web site (direct link:

Now that the snake is off the pillow -- I'm not sure how to complete this project without the pillow, bobbins, etc.! I had found some silk pins at Erica's in South Bend. I may use some spoolies that I bought in LaPorte at House of Stitches. Perhaps with the few bobbins I have and the spoolies I can finish. I don't have much more to do.

I have a pillow - not a lace pillow, but might be good enough to finish this little thing.


Did I mention the new things that I purchased?

The hand painted bobbin with lavender flower
is the Commemorative Bobbin
for the event.

I couldn't resist purchasing some pins at the registration area.


Isdihara said...

Sounds like you had a lovely lace day indeed. Your goodies are enticing and the lace you created looks practically perfect in every way to me. (I have had one bobbin lace lesson to date.)

Those buttons you couldn't resist, were they sold to raise money or a straight-out purchase? I ask because I have been tossing around an idea or two for buttons...just curious.

Isdihara said...

Thanks for sharing the info about the buttons on my blog. Much appreciated.

As for decorated shuttles, YES, I use them.

I use every shuttle in my possession. Even the antique ones I inherited from my dearly departed Grandmother. If the tips close, I put them to good use. Have never had an antique one break or fall apart.

The only trouble I have had with decorated shuttles is when I "chip" off the paper coating at the tip of plastic Clover shuttles, if they haven't been sealed with an acrylic sealant or a varnish. And to tell you the truth, that only happened when I tried to "bling" Clover shuttles myself the first time. I now use a better sealant to finish the shuttles and they work great!