Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sampler : Lierse Kant

I'd like to make Lierse Kant (a kind of Tambour Lace) and started practice of basic stitches first of all.

I heard Lierse Kant is also called 'Lace from Lier', which is named after the Belgium city of Lier.
It's drawing of shaded objects with thicker and thinner lace thread on cotton tulle.

* Lier Lace Sampler *
Cotton Tulle : about 14 hpi (hexagons per inch)
DMC Cordonnet Spécial #60
DMC Cordonnet Spécial #40
Coron lace thread #120
Tambour hook : 0.9mm, 1.2mm

Lierse Kant Oud En Nieuw (ISBN : 978-9073214873)
Lier lace in colour (ISBN : 978-9079433070)

I'm studying how-to from these two books written by Greet Rome-Verbeylen :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rose Insert : Aemilia Ars

I have finished a wonderful Aemilia Ars pattern which is on 'Piecework' by Interweave.
The article says that this design is taken from the original alter cloth that is made in Bologna, 1927.

* Rose Insert *
DMC Cordonnet Spécial #60
'Piecework 2013 May/June' / Interweave

In addition to a rose that appears in many Aemilia Ars projects, this motif has thorny vines, leaves, and picots placed like a cross on spider webs that are I'd like to try from before.
I really enjoyed them and studied many things :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Butterfly Motif : Carrickmacross Lace

Here is the second Carrickmacross Lace motif of a butterfly profile.

This was not a kit but a pattern.
I don't have spare materials yet so made this with the remains of the previous kit's fabric.

* Carrickmacross Butterfly *
Cotton hexagonal tulle
Cotton organdy
DMC Cordonnet Special #60
Egyptian Cotton #60/2
Beads, chain, metal parts
About 6 x 4cm
'Carrickmacross butterflies' by Snowgoose

Friday, November 14, 2014

Beginner Kit : Carrickmacross Lace

I'd like to experience 'Carrickmacross Lace' which is a kind of Irish Lace, so tried this kit.

Appliqueing organdy and embroidering on tulle...
It's a technique to make soft and light lace :)

* Beginner Carrickmacross Kit *
Cotton hexagonal tulle
Cotton organdy
DMC Cordonnet Special #30
DMC Brillante D'Alsace #50
Egyptian Cotton #60/2 (not in the kit)
About 8.5cm
'Beginner Carrickmacross Kit' by Snowgoose

It's a photo of cutting around appliqued organdy.
Miscutting tulle or sewing thread is critical so it is a little straining process.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Butterfly : Romanian Point Lace

Halloween will come soon and I made a Romanian Point Lace butterfly motif.

* Romanian Point Lace Butterfly *
DMC Cebelia #40
Hook : 0.75mm (#10 JPN)
About 10cm width
'Piecework 2001 Jan/Feb' / Interweave

The original pattern was so large that I used thinner thread than the suggested and shrink the size.
This pattern has six types of filling stitches and I filled them one by one with excitement :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Triangular Ornament : Romanian Point Lace

Speaking of needle stitches, I also like Romanian Point Lace's so I made a small ornament.

* Romanian Point Lace Ornament *
Olympus Emmy Grande
Hook : 1.75mm (#0 JPN)
About 10cm
'Romanian Point Lace Ornament (4")' by Manitoba

I substituted Emmy Grande for the suggested DMC Cebelia #10 with a rough guess.
It seems a little thicker so I reduced the petal filling stitches.

It was my Romanian point Lace after a long time and I enjoyed the experience very much :)
Manitoba, thank you for a great tutorial!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

White Star : Aemilia Ars

I also have made an Aemilia Ars Christmas Rose.

* White Star *
Coron lace thread #120
Artistic Wire #30
About 4.5cm

I used metal wire as a core thread to make petals 3D.
It's already Autumn and I am looking forward to Christmas :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Irish Flowers : Clones Lace

I made accessories with Clones Lace flower motifs that I've been crocheted these days.

This is a wild rose obidome (Japanese kimono accessory),

and this is a clematis hairpin.

* Irish Flowers *
Anchor Mercer Crochet #80
Metal parts, beads
Hook : 0.50mm (#14 JPN)
'Clones Lace'

Both petals consist of delicate net stitches and have similar mood :)
By the book, the Wild Rose is one of the most common motifs in the area, and the Clematis motif is designed by Máire Treanor.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Short Passages : Crochet

I crocheted Christmas roses for this Christmas.

* Short Passages *
Anchor Mercer Crochet #80
Peps, beads, and metal parts
Hook : 0.50mm (#14 JPN)
About 1cm (flower motif)

They are mini flowers about 1cm in diameter.
I dyed them and made earrings with beads.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Grapevine Doily : Aemilia Ars

I have finished a mini doily with a grapevine motif.

* Grapevine Doily *
DMC Cordonnet Special #60
Cosmo linen fabric
L'uva from 'Quaderni di Aemilia Ars. Frutti classici'

It's my first combimation of Aemilia Ars lace and fabric.

The suggested thread is #60 and the stitches became soft.

I'd like to have a lacy leaf and made filling stitches (Punto Chiaro) looser, but if more stiffness is needed it seems also good to make them tighter.
In spite of a little work, it's a great pattern full of Aemilia Ars techniques.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Candle Lights : Tatting Lace

I am making various sizes of 3D tatted marigolds bit by bit.

From the left, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23mm in diameter.
Now I'm planning to tat more, dye the flowers the color of the sun, and make accessories of them :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

3D Flower : Needle Lace

Finally I have finished a 3D Flower that I was into these days.

* 3D Flower Kanzashi *
Coron lace thread #120
Lizbeth #80
Artistic Wire #30
Tekno-rote, beads, metal parts
3D Flower by Catherine Barley (Intermediate Instruction Booklet)
Leaves : on my own (tatting lace)

I don't have Brok or Egyptian Cotton No.100/3 that are used on the text, so I learned here and chose Coron lace thread #120.
I guessed maybe #160 was better because of the length and the weight, but now I think #120 is nice for this as seeing its Single Corded Brussels stitches and Four Diamond Holes.

And this time I tried thin Artistic Wire for beading instead of artificial flower wire.
It is delicate and seems good too.

I felt in love with this flower at first sight at Catherine's website, and now I am very happy to reach to the finish line.
It's time to have a tea break and I'm thinking about the next project with joy.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Enclosed Garden : Tatting Lace

A lily hair comb is finished.

* The Enclosed Garden *
Anchor Mercer Crochet #80
Lizbeth #80
Tekno-rote : 0.4mm
Beads, chain, metal parts, artistic wire

The petals are made with tatting lace, the calyx is with igne oya, and the leaves and the stem are in the mekik oya style.
And I dyed the white petals and the pistil light green just a little.

I'd like to enjoy the rest of summer with this summer flower :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Four Petal Flower : Needle Lace

The needle lace flower has been finished!

* Four Petal Flower *
Four petal flower (The Guild of Needle Laces' kit)

The each four petals are filled with Corded Single Brussels, Double Point de Venise, Cross Bar Stitch, and Double Brussels, and the center circle is made with Spider Wheel.
I enjoyed learning many things with this flower of sweet color-variegated thread and classic design.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rosa Bianco : Aemilia Ars

Finished an Aemilia Ars rose.

* Rosa *
Anchor Mercer Crochet #80

A short trip to Aemilia Ars and Punto Antico started from I got interested in 'Punto in Aria (stitch in air)' which is classic Italian needle lace, and I was really into them.
There are many things I'd like to make, and I wish continue :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Italian Needlework : Punto Antico

I have stitched a little piece of Italian needlework called 'Punto Antico'.

* Biscornu -Puntaspilli *
Zweigart Edinburgh 36ct.
DMC cotton pearl #8, #12
Biscornu -Puntaspilli

I could not find 38ct fabric, so I used 36ct one.
This pattern has drawn thread work, button hole, bullion and hem stitches etc. and it's so much fun.
The text was very detailed and guided me safely to my first Punto Antico.

Dear erba, thank you for sharing the wonderful pattern!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Enclosed Garden : Tatting Lace

I'm making a little larger tatted flower.

It took me a time to adjust numbers of stitches.
I'll start leaves and a calix next and am thinking what thread is nice for them.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Aemilia's Flower : Aemilia Ars

I've done an Aemilia Ars little flower started some days ago.

* Aemilia's Flower *
Daruma lace thread #80
Dispensa Fiore
(The pattern seems to be deleted from the website now. 31 July 2015.)

Although an unfamiliar technique and thin thread troubled me, somehow I finally finished it.
But I made some mistakes early in the process...
The AemiliArs books and DVDs motated me and I'd like to make another flower with them.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Rhapsody in Blue : Stumpwork

I have finished a little stumpwork rose.

* Rhapsody in Blue *
DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss #25 (ART. 117)
Linen fabric
#30 wire for artificial flowers

I had been used tekno-rote for couching, but for this flower I used #30 wire to make a firm shape.
Metal wire is easy to bend as expected :)
I heard that Artistic Wire for wirework is used for stumpwork too, so I also would like to try it next time.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Aemilia's Flower : Needle Lace

Some days ago on twitter I found gorgeous Italian needle lace photos that I have been interested in from before and they excited me, so I have started to try.

A little flower with a technique named "Aemilia Ars".
I'm learning the recipe from this free pattern (pdf).
The text and the figures are both detailed and easy to understand even for me (I only have a really little experience of needle lace).
(The pattern seems to be deleted from the website now. 31 July 2015.)

Almost processes are buttonhole stitches on the lines and I guess it will take time.
It's unfamiliar to me so I would like to advance without haste :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Raindrops : Tatting Lace

I'm tatting hydrangea flowers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Two Minutes : Miniature

I made miniatures.

This boot is made with a kit of "Little Lovely Leather Items".
Pieces of leather are cut and drilled so it was easy to make :)

A bag of the same kit.
There are accessories for this in the kit too and I'm planning to decorate it with tatted flowers.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Rose Milk Tea : Tatting Lace

I tatted a little bookmark for a new notebook.
Joining motifs of 2D roses and a crosses.

* Rose Milk Tea *
Daruma lace thread #80

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Valley at Dawn : Mekik Oyası

I heard the 1st May today is called "Lily of the Valley Day" in France.
Seeing the flowers blooming here and there enjoyably these days, I made a muguet (lily of the valley in French) kanzashi.

* The Valley at Dawn *
Anchor Mercer Crochet #100
Lizbeth #80
Tekno-rote 0.4mm
Floral peps, metal parts

The flowers and leaves are made with Mekik Oyası, and the thin arched braids are with tatting lace technique.
Parts dangle slowly with beads.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Rose of the Day Before : Tatting Lace

Finished a rosette motif.

* The Rose of the Day Before *
Anchor Mercer Crochet #100

It's 10cm in diameter and ended in the 10th round.
I'd like to make more ones and join them :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

* Flower Basket Egg *
Crochet-Tatting Exquisite Sachets: 8 Cro-Tat Designs : heavily modified
Daruma lace #40 murasakino, pearl beads
Hook : 0.90mm (#8 JPN)
Tatting shuttle

It's an Easter egg motif with tatting lace and crochet.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

On the Eve : Simnel Cake

I baked a simnel cake to get ready for this weekend.
The recipe is from BBC site.

Eleven roses.
They are my first marzipan roses ;)

I can't wait for Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Feast of the Annunciation : Mekik Oyası

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

I have finished a rose which name is "Gabriel" today.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Snow and Music : Mekik Oyası

A bit of mekik oya leaves.

I had ever seen petals of which tips are sharp like this, and I tried to make something alike.
It seems likely to be going to grow to expected.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fluffy Cherry : Mekik Oyası

I'm making Mekik Oyası flowers.

This 3rd round is made of five petals and became like a cherry blossom.

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day : Tatting Lace

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I tatted shamrocks today :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Winter Journey : İğne Oyası

Finished a kanzashi with an İğne Oyası narcissus flower.

* Winter Journey *
Beading string, pep, metal parts, beads, wire, chain

This is a popular motif in İğne Oyası, a very elegant and lovely pattern, and let me make variations of different colors and nuances :)