A big THANK YOU to Marian at Seams to Be Sew for hosting this Blog Hop!
Blog Hops are always so much fun to participate in and I'm super excited for this one because we had a very broad scope of topics! So I'm excited to show you something AMAZING that I happened upon just a few days ago...
After teaching for four days at Calla Lily Quilts in Greensboro NC -- had a fabulous time and got to stay with my friends Karen and Graham Pervier -- I drove to Raleigh, returned the rental car and was picked up by my former neighbor, Charlene Wasilczyk, to stay with her and John for a few days. They were our neighbors for ten years before they left sunny soCal for NC. They totally broke my heart when they moved!!!
We were all talking during brunch and Charlene mentioned that the lady across the street was a lace maker! Charlene described some of her friend's work to me and I immediately asked if there was any way I could meet her and see it while I was here. So after a bit of texting back and forth, Charlene and I strolled across the street and I got to meet Kris.
Her front door says it all!
When we walked in, Kris was instructing two of her students and helping them with their projects. This was the table where her supplies were laid out: bobbins and fibers, scissors and pins.
There are two of these beautiful narrow pieces of lace intertwined with a thicker gold thread. The second is on the back of the other column in the right hand side of the picture. Kris explained that they originally hung in a former house in narrow windows on either side of the front door.
Here's a closeup of that beautiful piece!
After her students packed up all their bobbins, threads and projects, Kris took us upstairs to where she spends the most time at her lacemaking activities. She has been a lacemaker for 35 years and is a member of several guilds devoted to the art.
This is a small part of her hedgehog collection; of course, I loved the one with turquoise hair! According to Shopping my Stash: "The hedgehog is the mascot of lacemakers, primarily because bobbin lacers use lots of pins in their work. But makers of all types of lace have adopted this cute animal."
Kris has set up a table for her lacemaking, with the necessary lighting, both natural and electric, to make it easy and comfortable for her to spend many hours immersed in her craft.
This is the project on the table right now; it's an English lace style and she said that she was using Midland bobbins to make it. The bobbins were an art form in themselves, smaller and lighter than the standard bobbins and some were very decorative. Kris said that the lace took her about an hour per 1/2" square, so about 4 hours per square inch, whereas most of her lacemaking took about 3 hours per square inch. She's working with a fiber that is very fine, approximately 140 wt. silk.
This is a piece that her mother-in-law had framed...
Another framed piece on the wall....
Kris showed us several works in progress, each on its own pillow that provides a soft, curved surface to support the work and keep it from dragging. This one is a beautiful butterfly surrounded by all of the bobbins wound with the fibers used in its construction.
This next one is a forest of pins, but if you look straight down you can see the intricacy of the pattern; again, she is using very fine silk.
I want to thank Kris for her generosity in opening her home and sharing her passion with us. Always thrilled to meet a fellow fiber fanatic!
There are three other Featured Bloggers today. Leave a comment on my blog and all three of these blogs to be entered in a BIG GIVEAWAY!!
Thrift Shop Commando
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sew Many Yarns
Visit Marian's Blog for all of the giveaway details and even MORE giveaways to enter!
And here's the full schedule in case you're in need of some fun stories, hilarious pictures, or incredible inspiration: