I spent the day yesterday in the company of some very fine women--bobbin lace makers extraordinaire! This one-on-one workshop gave me an appreciation for the skill involved and the necessary practice to make it perfect. I also was reminded of what it's like to be a beginner, and have a new-found respect for the beginners I've taught to knit.
|My teacher who is about 4'8"--I was sitting on her stool and she's standing.|
|We were right beside her colleague, another extraordinarily skilled lace maker who was working on a very intricate pattern.|
|My completed sampler--started with the simplest stitch, called a chain stitch, and then two variations on this stitch. This took me about 4 hours and I was exhausted.|
|I was set up with another sampler, and after a couple of hours I begged off and asked my teacher to finish it for me. I now have a lot more sympathy for beginning knitters who want me to finish their projects for them!|
|My teacher's hands were flying. She finished this sampler in about 1/2 an hour.|
|Here's the completed project which I started and teacher finished--a bracelet that is buttoned onto my wrist.|
I'm going to stick to knitting! Speaking of which, the shawl is finished and needs to be blocked. That will have to wait until I get home.
|The shawl spread out on the bed.|