A Half-Year Recap

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The last year went by so quickly! What have I even been doing this whole time?

Bobbin Lace

The summer thing that kept me busy was helping to design and illustrate (and sometimes edit and sometimes make samples for) the newest book from The Lace Museum, Let’s Begin Making Bobbin Lace! It’s a book full of patterns appropriate for new young lacemakers. Check out more details about the book on the museum website.

Let's Begin Making Bobbin Lace book by The Lace Museum.
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The other thing that’s kept me busy is that not long after the book was finished (and gone to press, and went up for sale at the IOLI convention), my husband and I found out that we are expecting our first baby! I drew up something for the occasion that I’m hoping to turn into a bobbin lace piece before the due date in May.

"New Beginnings" Painting by Joyce Ann Martin
I originally made it as a bobbin lace design only but there wasn’t any time to execute it before we announced to our families and friends on Facebook, so I did a quick treatment in Inktense pencils.

I entered that quick bookmark from the last post (was it really that long ago? eesh!) and my first Chrysanthemum piece in the 2016 San Mateo County Fair. The Chrysanthemum piece was fun to have in for participation, but the bookmark took second place in the Bobbin Lace category and a Judge’s Choice ribbon! Imagine my shock when I wandered up to the cabinet and saw it. I don’t think I would have done half as well without the guidance of my (then-new) teacher.

Bobbin lace bookmark - awards at 2016 San Mateo County Fair.
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I finally found my bobbins, and of COURSE after all of my griping about spangles in the last post (and a couple of months of trying other continental bobbins), I gave in to my obvious spangle envy and turned to the Midlands side.

Making spangles for bobbins.
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Using spangled bobbins.
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I’ve been working on a lot of projects in class, but I’ve made little progress on the Torchon Proficiency Manual, which I suppose is reasonable considering the amount of excitement that’s been happening. I tried to take some time out this winter to design and make some ornaments as Christmas presents, but that went nowhere fast. (The pieces are still on my pillow, oops!) I think I’ll finish one for our own tree, and make that it.

Bobbin lace ornament in progress.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BN2lzcohi6M/

Knitting

With the baby on the way, I wanted to finally start working on one of the patterns that bought me to Ravelry, the “Reversible Celtic Patterns Baby Blanket by Kathleen Sperling“http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/reversible-celtic-patterns-baby-blanket. It’s a huge double-knitted endeavor that I am making out of KnitPicks CotLin in the Coffee and Cashew colors.

Reversible Celtic Patterns Baby Blanket in progress.
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I’ve finished a couple of hats since last April but really they are nothing to write home about.

Spinning

A Lace Museum friend that I met during Jean Leader’s class back in February introduced me to her spinning guild and that has been a lot of fun! I haven’t gotten much time to just sit down and spin; it’s some function of time available to spend on things that can only be done at home, I think, so it is nice to have some time carved out when I’d just be spinning. I’ve been doing the same white wool forever though and I think I’m going to take it off the wheel for a while to get my mojo back.

Fibery Curiosity

I’ve been trying a bit of embroidery! Here’s the first project sampler from Doodle Stitching.

Working on embroidery sampler from Doodle Stitching.
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I like the “instant” feeling (or as instant as it gets, perhaps) of translating thought to thread. It’s like sketching as opposed to painting. Appropriate. ;)

Instagram

You might notice how many of the images in this post originate from my Instagram feed, which is where I’m trying to keep up posting shots of my crafty life on a semi-regular basis. ;) Feel free to pop over there if you’d like to see things as they unfold. I tried embedding them directly from Instagram — that would have been rad and made my life so easy! — but my blog software didn’t seem to like it after the first one. Will have to experiment, when I’m not busy trying to be crafty.

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