I know, I know, it's not much to look at but all the same, I am quite pleased with it. After all, it is my very first piece and I'm sure the makers of those gorgeous pieces that have managed to survive for several hundred years worked tirelessly for years before their masterpieces were made.
Did I enjoy the process? Oh, yeah! Tedious as it seems, and it is, there's something about watching a thing take shape before ones eyes, shaped by ones hands, that gives a very satisfying experience. I've already learned a lot by simply working with WS (whole stitch, sometimes called "cloth stitch") and some twists. For one thing, a suitable table is needed. Working at the dining room table was not back-friendly. I think the dining table is too high. But the ottoman was too low. I'm wondering if rigging the pillow to one of those floor embroidery stands might do the trick?
Working the Sampler, I understood why the author suggested the beginner to use a different color of thread for each bobbin pair. It's much easier to keep track of threads and they can get mixed up when pushing them out of the way of the next pair to work. The bobbins included in the starter kit are not "spangled" and have no holes for spangling. Spangles are beaded rings at the bottom of bobbins and each pair has identical spangles, but no two pairs have the same spangling. When making lace using the same color thread for all paths, you need something to know which threads are paired. I'm thinking of different ways to "spangle" my bobbins without drilling holes at the bottom. I wonder if the ink of Sharpies is permanent on wood?
Keeping the right amount of tension is important, just like any fiber art, and it's definitely something that is going to take a lot more practice to master. At least my years of crochet and macrame have driven home the concept, I just need to find my groove for tension when making lace.
Bobbin Lace Sampler #2 ... here I come! That is, if I'm keep myself from being distracted by the pretty yarns I've just purchased and are screaming my name.
Have a lovely weekend, folks! I'll be on the back of a horse tomorrow afternoon for my first official "lesson" in horseback riding. It'll be far from my first time on a horse, but I decided that, at my age, I really should get some proper lessons in how to handle those amazing creatures.