The first new moon of the new year has been born in the midst of darkness to mark a new beginning. Days are getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere, which means that the solar system is still in sync, and we are safe to make plans for the months ahead. 

With an obvious bias I say: “Let’s make a lot of lace this year!” And I really mean it. 

The virtual world that is a part of our present experience is bewitching as it flounders in a perpetual chaos. But the real world, and real everyday life benefits from at least some order. Handmade lace craft inherently contains that harmony. I believe that throughout the centuries, lacemakers were finding tremendous satisfaction in transforming a multitude of loose threads into symmetrical patterns. And today is no different.

In our times of exaggerated efficiency, it may seem useless, or even wasteful and selfish to spend hours at the lacemaking pillow, with no other purpose than to enjoy peaceful, slow, ‘unplugged’ activity. But if you have ever experienced the inner peace achieved through the handwork, and noticed how that tranquility fills the surrounding space and transfers to the lace itself, you know better.
You know that the true purpose and true fulfilment in life comes from within.

To contribute to a good start of the New Lace Year 2021, I am offering a free Old Wise Tree Pattern and Tutorial to all lacemakers who are looking for a new creative project. The pattern is suitable for fibre or wire lace, and it would be great if it inspires lacemakers to work in both mediums.

The comprehensive tutorial includes step-by-step instructions with detailed photographs of the whole work, from preparations to mounting the lace to the background. The Old Wise Tree Gallery is coming soon to showcase the unique lace trees, and you can add yours too, if you wish to share it.

Enjoy, explore and create!

And keep in mind, that the fine balance of this world might as well be in lacemakers’ hands 😉