Category Archives: Random Connections

random ideas which connect loosely with my lace

It all started here

In my late teens or early twenties I saw a bobbin lace pillow in a museum somewhere in England or Scotland. I was intrigued. I wanted to know how the threads had been worked around the forest of pins to form the patterns. I have no recollection of what the pattern looked like which was an early indication that I would value the process of making lace above the product.

My first motifs and edgings with spiders, roseground and fans. Torchon.  Thread:DMC 80  cotton
My first motifs and edgings with spiders, roseground and fans. Torchon. Thread:DMC 80 cotton

In 1991 I first made lace at a series of three Saturday workshops in Dungannon, Northern Ireland. They were run by Unagh McCullough who was the only person teaching bobbin lace in N Ireland at that time. She was an enthusiastic and excellent teacher and I was to enjoy many of her workshops over the coming years.

I still have the motifs and edgings that were my first efforts after learning the three basic stitches. The pin cushion is showing its age after 25 years of use.