Idrija, Slovenia has unique bobbin lace making tradition. Designed by Simona Strgulc Krajšek, this beautiful heart is one of the iconic heart patterns, in which the level of difficulty is suitable for me to practise as a beginner. I used nine pair of bobbins and the high-quality Fil au Chinois cotton threads which I bought in Maison Sajou, one of my favourite shops in Paris to complete the lace.
Bedfordshire Teardrop Edging
This attractive pattern is adapted from an antique pricking by Christine Springett. The smaller the pattern the potentially more difficult to make is what I would feel in the world of bobbin lace. Having broken lots of times the fine cotton threads I managed to control the tension better. How about using it to frame a picture?
Bedfordshire Handkerchief Edging
The more I practise making Bedfordshire lace, the more I fall in love with it. Vivid and elegant are the words that I would use to describe this style of lace. Not easy to learn with usually requiring a lot of pairs of bobbins to complete, but the satisfaction I get after completion is beyond belief. This is a super nice edging pattern prepared by Christine Springett. I am going to sew this completed edge onto a compatible cotton fabric and turn it into a handkerchief for the bride.
Recycled Denim Torchon Mat
The circular torchon is designed by Ann Margaret Keller, my wonderful bobbin lace teacher. It is more difficult to see what I am doing with black cotton threads than using white or other lighter colour threads; I am therefore relying a lot on daylight to make the piece. The high-quality black threads are from Fil au Chinois available at Maison Sajou in Paris.
Recycled Denim Ravioli
I seldom use pincushions when I’m doing embroidery but I do need one to facilitate bobbin lace making, which I find it easier to take the pins out than from a box. I used Fil au Chinois white cotton threads to make the torchon designed by my bobbin lace teacher Ann Margaret Keller to match with the recycled light blue denim fabric. Not a perfectly squared mini pincushion I must admit, which reminds me of…ravioli 🙂