Jean Mary

About Lace

All lacemakers get attached to their bobbins and here is my current pillow set up for Blaise Rabbit with his trumpet. 
 Blaise was the second Rabbit I made and he has now 'grown-up' slimmed down and learnt to play the trumpet.  
You will hear him on the Home page.  
The bobbins are all made by current English Bobbin makers in bone.

Here is my very favourite mid Nineteenth Century bone bobbin.
A much loved and well worn bobbin which has obviously made a great deal of lace.
The wording although faint can be read spiralling from the bottom
You can pick out the WH at the bottom and VE at the top.
The beads are Nineteenth Century hand made square cuts with a larger early Twentieth Century Venetian Bead

To start this page we must have some lace so I begin by showing you a repeat of a length of lace
purchased by my Mother, Elsie Tudor, at Norwich market in the 1960s
I am trying to upload as high a definition as I can for you to see the detail.

This lace is known a Regency Point and to get the full story researched by Angela Brown look at our Booklets The Regency Collection Revisited 1 & 2
details on the

A few thoughts on my take on 'Lacemaking,

Although like most lacemakers today I have 'had a go' at many types of Bobbin lace during the last few years
I have concentrated on using these techniques to produce a product which some may find difficult to define.  
Yet I have used traditional stitches and techniques in Bobbin lace and even my patterns are rooted in the
tiny figures often found in fine pieces of eighteenth century lace.  I have just taken them out of their restrictive
point backgrounds and given them a free range.  You could say that this takes them away from being lace as lace needs this fabric to be valid, yet we also see that early lace grew from braids that were used as seam covers and appliqué decoration so my 'rabbits' can be said to belong to all this varied lace experience.

When it comes to actual patterns  I have found that my style has simplified.  A Rabbit just two inches high is a good size.  Like Goldilocks they are neither too big or too small.   Twenty pairs of bobbins are quite enough to control along one row of cloth or half stitch and this tends to be the maximum number I use at any one time whilst making a Rabbit!

Another look at last year's Christmas card


This is a bobbin in my collection Posted here on the morning of

 11 November  2014

The label reads   'LACEMAKERS BOBBIN found amongst the ruins of  Ypres 1915'
The bobbin is 9cm long.


Yes,  I do use colour sometimes!
This motif is 1¼ ins in diameter and made with Piper's Silks 80/3
and 24 pairs of bobbins.
It is a version of the never ending or everlasting Solomon's Knot.
Hope you like it….
1st June 2014

It was fun to work out where to start and finish. It took me about 10 hours of work over 2 days.
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