‘Lace-leaves’ emerge

Cultures Interwoven 2010
Cultures Interwoven 2010

 

My ‘lace-leaf’ idea emerged during a course at the University of Waikato in 2008. A couple of years later I developed the idea and made ‘Cultures Interwoven’ which was selected for the Love Lace exhibition in the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences), Sydney. Click here to read about it.

Lace-leaf close-up
Lace-leaf close-up

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.