Prior to my formal challenging-in, I had begun work on two lace pillows - I needed a good surface to make my lace on.
My first ever piece was worked on the Lacis bobbin Lace kit dubbed the "Horror kit" by a few members of an Early Period Lace group I'm in. I must have not thought it too bad, because I enjoyed the project. I made a piece of Torchon bobbin lace (not period, but a good starting point for learning bobbin lace) and entered it into the Queens Prize Tourney, a low key/ low stress beginners A&S competition in the fall of 2013.
I really wanted to return to bobbin lace in the future, with better materials and tools, focusing on techniques that were more my time period.
RealLife (TM) saw to it that I wouldn't return to the art form until this summer. To me, my first priority upon return was to make a better pillow for myself. Lynx Lace has patterns for two styles of pillow: roller insert and cookie/flat pillow. I decided that the first pillow I wanted to make would be the roller insert pillow.
So off I went to Lynx Lace and printed the pattern. Unfortunately, the registration marks on the pattern pieces wouldn't line up for me (wild differences that couldn't be easily fudged through) so I decided to wing it and make something modelled after the pattern but in different dimensions,
The first picture shows 1/4" plywood with the design mapped out, clamped out the railing of my small balcony. I had borrowed a jigsaw from a friend and intended to cut the wood outside, as i had no workbench or proper workspace for woodwork.
The board flexed and jumped around like a bugger every time I went near it with the jigsaw. As you can see from the second picture, I ended up cutting everything by hand with a Leatherman (no, I don't own a full saw...)
So I cut the pieces, sanded them, glued them together and clamped them down. I accidentally butted the wrong edges of the box support together - pieces that should have been glued to the outside were glued to the insides of the other pieces. This would bite me in the ass later.
Coming up - part 2 of prep work/pillow making.
Welcome to the SCA blog of Lady Jane Caldwell. Lady Jane plays in 1534 and is interested in early period lace. Lady Jane hails from the Barony of Skraeling Althing in Ealdormere. Lady Jane is also a clothes whore who will wear clothing from multiple periods to either feel pretty or feel comfortable.