I've become involved with my local Bismarck-Mandan Prairie Rose Bobbin Lace group. We are a small gathering of women interested in learning the art of bobbin lace . . . a rather slow-paced form of hand work creating old-fashioned lace using wooden bobbins. It's slow, but at the same time a cathartic Zen sort of thing for me. The repetitive process of cross, twist, cross motions to complete the patterns is interesting. I find myself relaxing as I listen to You-tube videos on various subjects. I've completed quite a number of beginner projects such as bookmarks and practice pieces learning the basics. The photo at left is my first "big" project making a larger rectangular shape that will become a finished piece I plan on framing. You can see the bobbins laid out upon my bobbin lace pillow and the printed pattern I am following. This piece is actually pretty much finished (except the framing) and I have already nearly completed a second one like it. I am about at the 3/4 point on that one.
I've made a number of these pin cushions on my embroidery machine to use with my new bobbin lace activities. This is an Anita Goodesign machine embroidery CD to make Biscornu pin cushions. It is essentially two squares of decorated fabric sewn together to form the pin cushion. I've made several for myself to use with bobbin lace and also to set alongside my sewing machines. Plus I've made several to give as gifts to the gals at my recent bobbin lace meeting earlier this week.
Okay . . . so that's some of the recent activities keeping me busy this past several weeks. I'm planning to get this blog rolling again with updates on a regular basis. Glad to have you stop by this time . . . check back again, or follow me (above right) to see what's up with me. Leave a comment below if you care to post one! What have you been up to?