Sunday, 19 November 2017


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lace making

Many years ago I bought a small kit to dip my toe in the waters; lace making was something I've wanted to try for a long time.  For several reasons, it got packed away after a very small start due to the prevailing circumstances.  I'm now ready to go again, and have been gathering up what I need over the past few weeks - I'm totally smitten by the bobbins!  Lots of photos :)


I also purchased a couple of older books cheaply online; I find the older books more informative and clearer for me to use. I'm not a visual learner, and I'm not keen on 'lessons' or 'workshops', although I enjoy watching craftspeople at work.  I much prefer to learn on my own, in peace and quiet and at my own speed.

A large investment was made on my pillow; I could have settled for the modern polystyrene filled block or round, but I indulged in the traditional barley straw stuffed one:

It arrived this morning, it's a lovely thing in its own right - substantial and well made, I'm glad I searched out the proper lace making suppliers and paid the extra for it.  A friend has some lace making bits she is sending up for me too. I have the brass pins.  I need to research the threads I need, and maybe have a look at patterns.  It'll be a while before I get going - I have a craft fair in December, and my knitting order book is full until the end of January, but it's nice to take the time to find out more about it all and make considered purchases.  I'm also trying to find out about lace making in Scotland.
Looking forward to getting to grips with it :)

Oh - and I've ordered a tatting shuttle too.....................

Monday, 6 November 2017

How to succeed............

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

                    Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, 3 November 2017


A wee film about 93 year old Jack English who lives alone in the woods in a cabin he built himself:

(image from internet -

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Blessed are the spooncarvers.................

Here at last is my spoon, finally finished and treated with homemade spoon butter. This is an eating spoon in sycamore.
 I'm pleased with it, and will be making more.

Spoon butter made from coconut oil and beeswax:

Link to a nice article on a spoonmaker here:


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