Lacing It Together

On Saturday, I got to spend eight hours of my life surrounded by lace. Lace presentations, lace demos, lace supplies, lace making and lace conversations filled my day. The 20th Annual Lace Day was a blast and lucky for you I remembered to take some pictures.

Setting Up for Lace Day

I arrived around 8 am, well before the event started, in order to help with set up. I came armed with my lace pillow along with everything lace related that I own. I also brought a pound cake, whipped cream and sliced strawberries. If I couldn’t win anyone over with my lace making, I could always bribe them with food.

Lace Makers Setting Up Their Sations

The Lacey Ladies of Arizona had no problem putting me right to work. I helped unload cars for vendors and put signs out telling people where to turn to get to the event. Throughout the morning, I started sounding like a broken record as I answered the same questions from the various members- ‘What’s your name?’ and ‘ How long have you been making lace?’

Recent ribbons won by some of the members

The event officially started at 10 am and there was no shortage of people coming in to ask questions, get advice and watch lace makers at work.

One of the members gave an awesome presentation about the history of pillows used for lace making. Basically, every country that makes lace has their own style of pillow that sets them apart.

Chart showing where different laces originated

Lace makers are a very talkative group and were happy to dish out their advice to me. I got three book suggestions and a really good tip on preserving my prickings- cover your pricking with contact paper and you can use them again and again.

Display of various lace making pillows

The book recommendations were, ” Bobbin Lace Without A Teacher”, by Betty Alderson. It is sold through the company Snowgoose, which happened to be one of the vendors there. The other books are, “The Bobbin Lace Manual” and “The Practical Guide to Bobbin Lace”. Both books can be found on Amazon or Ebay.

Close up of one of the display pillows

Being a short black girl with dreadlocs really made me stand out in the crowd of sliver-haired grandmothers that made up a good percentage of the people there. My oddity always turns out to be my asset as a number of people came and asked how someone like me got into making bobbin lace.

My own lace pillow

Oh, here’s something you may not have known. When you get a chance, look up the name Simon Toustou. Who is he, you ask? He is the maker of what is considered the BMW’s of lace making pillows. His pillows are to die for. Or at least to save few hundred bucks for. (Santa, if you’re listening, I want one!)

I did some shopping and got four new bobbins, some neat thread and a few thimbles that were begging to come home with me.

Close up of my lace work

Overall, I had a wonderful time and can’t wait for next year’s event. I already plan on volunteering for any upcoming public demos. Don’t worry. My bobbin lace won’t interfere with my sock knitting. There are places where my pillow can’t go, but my needles are always welcomed.

Lace Day, Here We Come!

Tomorrow, the lovely Lacey Ladies of Arizona will host their 20th Annual Lace Day event.

If you happen to be in Arizona, I am personally inviting you to attend.

Here is the 411:

20th Annual Lace Day presented by the Lacey Ladies of Arizoan

November 12, 2011

10:00 am to 4:00 pm


There will be lace making demonstrations, vendors, exhibits, door prizes and more! You may also purchase a commemorative bobbin at the event.

Location: Community of Christ- Phoenix Central Congregation

4224 North 44th Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85018

Classes start at 11:00 am

The price of each class includes kit usage and lesson. The following classes are:

Bobbin Lace: $20

Needle Lace: $15

Netted Lace: $15

Tatting: $15

If you bring your own kit the class only costs: $5

I leave you now with some more bobbin lace goodness.

Bobbin Lace Fast Fingers

Since this weekend marks the 20th Annual Lace Day hosted by the Lacey Ladies of Arizona, I figured I’d celebrate with blog postings this week that pay respect to the beautiful art of Bobbin lace making.

Behold, I give you a YouTube video of a very talented quick-fingered lace maker. You may need to play this video twice, because if you blink you might miss a whole section of lace.

20th Annual Lace Day In Arizona

20th Annual Lace Day

sponsored by

Lacey Ladies of Arizona

Saturday, November 12, 2011 marks the celebration of the 20th Annual Lace Day in Arizona. This event is sponsored by the lovely Lacey Ladies of Arizona, (which I am a very happy member of).

If you happen to be in Arizona that weekend, come join us in this wonderful event open to the public. There will be lace making demos, exhibits, vendors, commemorative bobbins as well as door prizes.

You can take classes and learn about Bobbin lace, Needle lace, Tatting and much more.

The event takes place at Community of Christ: Phoenix Central Congregation, 4224 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018. (on 44th street between Camelback and Indian School Road). The time is from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Please stop by and say hello. I’ll be there with my bobbin lace pillow. It will be easy to spot me. I’ll be the one with the Ravelry button hanging off my pillow.

I will now end this posting with a few pics of bobbin lace making in action:

Lace Making

Lace Work In Action

Placing the Pins in Bobbin Lace


Veiled Lace


I’m a member of a veil/headcovering group on Ravelry. I do cover my head from time to time- not for any religious reason, but because ever since my liver transplant my internal temperture controller has been on the frizz. So I have to keep myself warm at all times. I’m easy to spot when I’m visiting Arizona. I’m the girl wearing the sweater when its 100 degrees outside.

Well, at some point our group decided to do a headcovering swap. It was a lot of fun finding and making a head covering for my secret swap partner. I feel in love with the pattern for this beautiful veil. The pattern was easy with a result that looks more complicated then it really is. I choose to knit it in easy to wash black microfiber blend. My partner was a fan of Harry Potter, so I sent her a couple of HP collector’s cards too.

From my partner I got one knitted and one sewn head covering along with some yarn stash goodies.

So, here is proof that yes, I can knit lace and damn well too if you ask me.

If you are interested in the pattern, I will be more then happy to direct you to the website where I found it.