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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Something Small...

To take to Wednesday Witches' mini meeting...

It wasn't the toilet.  That only took a little while. 

It is now officially finished and all I have to do before gluing everything in is the window surround.
I did do a bit of housecleaning... I couldn't take that with me either.

I took everything out... Big mistake.  Now I can see all that still has to be done... Lots....
 I needed something easy to carry and workable...

OK.  So it's not mini. Not even necessarily small.  It's about 18" across.

It is a piece of needle made lace that I started about 10 years ago.  I think that it is about time to finish it.

I won't go into detail on how to do it, but it is all done with a needle and fine crochet thread.
The outlines that you see are done with a couple of strands of heavy thread couched onto the layers of brown paper and padding. 

This is a closer view of some of the finished area.

When it is done, All areas will be filled with various lace stitches. 

This is how all lace was made before they invented machines to do the job. 

 Most normal people would do all of the cording before they started the filling stitches... The six year old couldn't wait.  

I think that this is going to be my Wednesday project for a while.  Maybe this time I will finish it.  By the way, it's a collar.  Or it will be when I get done.  Yes.  I said when!  I am not going to take another ten year break. Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

13 comments:

katie garrett said...

Casey it seems to like you know how to do all the things that I have dreamed of doing. I am learning a lot from you. Thank you!

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
It will be stunning. I'm glad you got back to it. I can't wait to see progress.
Big hug,
Giac

Simon said...

You're so clever Casey. That needlepoint is incredible. Your hard work is a real inspiration
Hugs

Lucille said...

I love the lace work, Casey! I don't think there's anything you can't do!

Caseymini said...

Lucille, I can't swim or play tennis!

Lené said...

I recently saw a Persian TV channel with a lady making strip lace with the same techniques. She was super fast. I cannot wait to try it in miniature scale!

mcddiss said...

veo que has tenimado el wc, ha quedado muy bien , ese encaje es precioso, yo tambien creo que es hora de terminarlo , seguro que lo terminaras antes de que te des cuenta

besitos

Mari

Caseymini said...

Lene, considering where you are located, I imagine this might be te type of lace you were seeing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTdkAFlEDMg&feature=youtube_gdata_player. I have tried it and it is similar. I was pretty slow at it. There are a lot of instructional videos on you tube if you want to try it. Good luck.

Fabiola said...

The lace work is gorgeous!

Julie said...

Casey, you really are amazing! You can do SO many things so well!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Lené said...

That is an interesting way to make lacy edges, thanks for the link! I Googled needle lace and it is the same technique the lady was showing. It seems that it is not restricted to Alencon in France anymore, but is quite the hobby in Iran! She did two columns of running stitches on the paper, about 2 inches apart. Then proceeded to weave, wrap and bob her way with one needle and thread from left to right, moving downward, into the most intricate pattern. And she was super fast, amazing hand-eye coordination! I've tried finding it on Google, but it is probably in Arabic.

Caseymini said...

Lene, I will have to help you look. I'll bet that between the two of us, we can find a you tube of it! I am interested.

12Create said...

I love that Casey - it's beautiful. I hope you do keep it up this time. I'd love to see the finished piece.