26 April 2010

Beth Fish Laces

You may or may not have noticed that I was a bit absent from blogging and tweeting the last few days. I was co-hosting a lace workshop, where I finished a piece of lace that I've been working on for quite a while.

This is an example of Withof lace, a Dutch lace very much influenced by the art deco movement. (Click the image to see a large version of the scan.) This piece is 2¾ inches across and took about 55 hours of workshop time to complete.


Zee 4/26/10, 7:30 AM  

Wow! That is beautiful!

bermudaonion 4/26/10, 7:31 AM  

We did miss you on Twitter. Your lace is gorgeous - what will you do with it now, frame it?

Chris 4/26/10, 7:32 AM  

Wow! That's impressive. And 55 hours! No wonder handmade lace in the old days was expensive. Beautiful work!

irisonbooks 4/26/10, 7:33 AM  

The lace looks lovely! I would never be patient enough to frabricate such a thing myself, I'm sure.

JoAnn 4/26/10, 7:37 AM  

Just beautiful! I've done counted cross-stitch on fine linen with pulled and drawn thread, and some cut-work, too... but not since the girls were younger. Am thinking about getting back into it, but not sure my aging eyes can handle it. You must use a magnifier for this?

Beth F 4/26/10, 7:43 AM  

This is a bobbin lace, which means it is similar to miniature weaving. I use a magnifier for part of the lace (making the sewings) but not for the general weaving. It's kind of hard to explain.

Thanks so much for your kind comments.

Beth 4/26/10, 7:49 AM  

That lace is beautiful! Nothing quite like the beauty of a handmade object!

Care 4/26/10, 7:52 AM  

oh it's beautiful! wow.

Nise' 4/26/10, 8:04 AM  

Wow, how lovely. I had no idea of the time involved in lace making.

Amy 4/26/10, 8:04 AM  

How beautiful, and intricate! I am getting the impression from this that you have a lot of patience, as well as skill. It's so neat!

Ms. Lucy 4/26/10, 8:12 AM  

I did wonder where you were...when not on Twitter;)

It's positively beautiful! I'd love to learn how to do this.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 4/26/10, 8:28 AM  

Gorgeous - such intricate work! I was wondering the same as Kathy - what do you do with your finished pieces of lace? Do you always use white (thread? or is there a fancy word for the raw material?)

Beth F 4/26/10, 8:34 AM  

I will be framing this piece. For Withof, I use white thread and white only. But for other types of lace I use colors.

Jackie (Farm Lane Books) 4/26/10, 8:53 AM  

Beautiful! It looks like an angel's wing. I wouldn't have the patience to sit and do that for 50+ hours, but I admire your dedication and you can be really proud of what you've created.

Sandy Nawrot 4/26/10, 9:40 AM  

That is gorgeous! I'm sorry to say that I don't have one tiny bit of this kind of talent. I can't believe it took 55 hours! It requires talent AND patience, but it paid off.

Julie P. 4/26/10, 9:49 AM  

Just amazing. 55 hours!!! No wonder you don't sleep!

Michelle 4/26/10, 10:33 AM  

This is amazing! Such beautiful craftsmanship. I agree with Sandy, you have amazing talent *and* patience!

softdrink 4/26/10, 11:15 AM  

55 hours?!? Wow! You're very patient. And talented.

Louise 4/26/10, 11:44 AM  

Oh yes, I echo the WOWs of the others. That is quite something, that lace. And 55 hours. WOW again, very, very pretty :-)

kaye 4/26/10, 11:46 AM  

oh my! that is stunning.

Heather 4/26/10, 12:33 PM  

that is beautiful.

Dorte H 4/26/10, 1:52 PM  

Oh, this is beautiful! My mother-in-law makes lace, and she has become fairly good at it over the years. I am not patient enough to try it, though.

Margot at Joyfully Retired 4/26/10, 1:57 PM  

I enlarged the picture and was simply amazed at the detail. I've never seen handmade lace before. This is truly a work of art.

Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog 4/26/10, 3:53 PM  

Lovely! But 55 hours? You are much more patience than I!

April 4/26/10, 4:08 PM  

WOW! That is amazing and gorgeous, Beth!!! What a talent you are!

Kris 4/26/10, 4:36 PM  

Wow - it's beautiful. I'm sure you glad to have it finished too.

Molly 4/26/10, 6:46 PM  

Oh my....that is absolutely gorgeous! I am sure that every stitch was a labor of love.

Belle 4/26/10, 7:40 PM  

That's beautiful! You must really enjoy it - 55 hours is a LOT of time.

Melody 4/26/10, 8:00 PM  

That's beautiful!

Tracy 4/26/10, 8:08 PM  

This is gorgeous. 55 hours! It makes me think about the lace women who used to do all that fabulous work in the pre-machine age--

reviewsbylola 4/26/10, 8:19 PM  

Your lace is gorgeous!

Jenners 4/26/10, 8:30 PM  

I'm very impressed!

Beth F 4/26/10, 8:39 PM  

Thanks so much again!

Michelle 4/26/10, 9:22 PM  

Gorgeous! That is truly a talent. I hope you have some very special plans to showcase that piece!

Bonnie 4/26/10, 9:40 PM  

This is stunning, you are talented Beth. I'd love to read more about your lacework and how it's done and how you got started doing this. I hope that you blog more about this. I have several lace doilies from my grandmother who is from Germany. It may be crocheted but it is very fine. I wish that I had the patience for this, it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Carrie K. 4/27/10, 1:19 AM  

Wow - that must take so much patience! It's gorgeous. :)

nat @book, line, and sinker 4/27/10, 6:44 AM  

wow...that is a beautiful design! i had no idea just how labor-intensive lace-making is. what do you plan on doing with your piece?

seeing the picture brought to mind a book i listened to last year--the lace reader by brunonia barry. it wasn't about making lace but reading it.


Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 4/27/10, 7:30 AM  

That is so beautiful, and so labor intensive! I was going to say, "Teach me, teach me!", until I saw the number of hours just that little bit took. I am still trying to finish a blanket I started crocheting when I was 9.

Robin McCormack 4/27/10, 2:39 PM  

Beautiful detailing. You did an awesome job.

Amused 4/27/10, 10:05 PM  

SO beautiful! I can't even imagine doing something that intricate! I love it when people show off their crafts!

S. Krishna 4/28/10, 1:24 PM  

Gorgeous! As you know, I haven't really been on Twitter much either - I wish I had something this pretty to show for it!

The Bumbles 4/28/10, 10:22 PM  

That is very interesting - you must be extremely proud after all of that intricate work and time. Candace the Lacemaker - who knew?! Thanks for sharing.

alitareads 4/29/10, 3:26 PM  

Wow, I think more patience than I have is required to complete something like this. It's so pretty :)

Alice Teh 5/2/10, 6:29 AM  

So intricate and beautiful! I've never made lace in my life, so this is really awesome, Beth!

Jena 5/11/10, 1:24 AM  

So pretty! How amazing that you were able to make this yourself!

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