HSM #6 – Yogi Lace (not a comfortable way)

Today was the day when I transferred the pictures of June’s challenge to the computer. And it’s November now. Let’s just say that I will not be able to finish this year of HSM, because I’ve completely lost track of time. This blog will probably be in hibernation for a bit longer as well, but I’ll be back whenever I can. This also means that the Liebster Blog Award that I got nominated for has to be put on hold too (I don’t know how the time limits are on this one). I did get very happy about that nomination though, and the person who nominated me have done some of my favourite entries of all the HSF/M. So I really recommend that you check out Stella’s blog – she’s doing awesome stuff!

So now onto the final blog post of my half-year of HSM: Out of your comfort zone and the Yogi Lace.

Bobbin lace has always fascinated me as a technique, but I’m not a very lace-y person, so I haven’t really had a great excuse to learn it since now (i.e. the June challenge). This also required some creative thinking, since I got the bobbins as a gift from my mum, but I didn’t have a roll or a cushion or anything. But as you see in this post, you can make do with what you’ve got. You may not be entirely comfortable though…

My main source for this project was a Swedish web course in bobbin lace, which I found here. The lace I tried was the absolute beginner lace (udd och stad) from the Swedish Lace society, but I made it a bit larger than the original lace with help from an ordinary checkered paper (which also was used as my pattern). (This was really a budget style project, come to think of it!) I was helped by the videos on the course page to set up my bobbin work place.

Work place ready, paper pattern taped to rolled up yoga mat and threaded bobbins pinned in place

Work place ready, paper pattern taped to rolled up yoga mat and threaded bobbins pinned in place

I can’t claim that the progress was as fast as I’ve seen it done by others with mad skills and proper tools, but all in all I was helped by the videos, and after a little while I got into the rythm of it. I think that to make a better lace, you’d probably need a better thread too, the flax thread I used wasn’t smooth.

Close-up on progress

Close-up on progress. You can see it being slightly wonky.

The finished lace was rather twisted when I took it from the mat, and I’m still not sure what to do with it, but I liked the whole bobbin lace technique and I might try my hand at this again in the future. Though perhaps with a more suitable workplace. My back hurt a bit after the bobbin sessions on the floor.

Twisted lace

Twisted lace

The end result lace pattern looks like this. But to even have a claim towards historical accuracy, the pattern and the lace should have been much, much smaller…

Not so twisted lace (with help)

Not so twisted lace (with help)

Bobbin facts:

The Challenge: Out of Your Comfort Zone

Fabric: None

Pattern: Svenska spetsars udd och stad

Year: Not entirely certain which year this particular pattern comes from, but it’s rather simple, so it might also have been constructed rather late in the history of bobbin lace, as a beginners project. A lot of the preserved/extant lace dates to the 19th century, but there is an extant bobbin lace from the early 1500’s in today’s Sweden (but was then Denmark). According to one source I’ve found (also in Swedish), the technique of bobbin lace dates back to the Italian renaissance.

Notions: Linen (flax) thread, bobbins, checkered paper, yoga mat, sticky tape, and pins.

How historically accurate is it? The finished product isn’t historically accurate at all. But the technique itself is ok (except for the yoga mat)…

Hours to complete: I’ve forgotten. It was finished about 5 months ago.

First worn: When I’ve figured out what to do with it. Perhaps it will be a bracelet of some sort.

Total cost: The bobbins were a gift from my mum and the other things were in ”stash” (or at least in the house!) so I’ll count it as free.


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