Saturday, May 9, 2009
Bobbin lace has been on hold for two weeks now. Why? I was reading and re-reading the directions for the half-stitch and not understanding. I really wanted to move on to the next bookworm in Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace by Gilian Dye and Adrienne Thunder, but the directions just didn't make sense to me! So, I turned to Introduction to Bobbin Lacemaking by Rosemary Shepherd. Instant success, right? WRONG! I was still getting lost in the idea of how to work the half-stitch. Finally, I decided to set up Shepherd's "The First Sampler." I completed the first section of Cloth Stitch. It wasn't nice and flat, so I know I need to work on my tension. Again, I read the directions for Half-Stitch... baffled!
This morning I decided to just take the plunge and blindly follow the directions. I just watched the pattern as it developed, and guess what? I finally understand the half-stitch! It's not pretty, but it's done! Now... on to the next section of the sampler!