Spring EQUINOX 2022

Spring is here and all seeds know it. Winter hibernation over, it’s time to grow - not just upwards to light, but also to the depth of darkness, to establish new roots able to extract essential nutrients from the soil. Life on this planet needs both, the light and the darkness. If those two principles are, like on today’s equinox, in balance, the miracle of life is sustained. 
If this simple rule applies to plants that nourish us, humans, how can we be exempt from it? 
In the last two years, we had a plenty of opportunity to see the dark side of existence, and maybe there is more coming. Can we learn from the seeds and explore the shadows instead of giving in to fear? Do we have the strength to face the unknown and extract the valuable lessons in order to preserve the light? These are difficult questions and it might seem that lacemaker’s tool box is not adequate for the immense task on hand. But the history of lace proves otherwise: the pillows, pins and bobbins have been through this many times before, and survived. Our beloved lace, the most delicate of fabrics ever made, is still here today, as a testimony to undying human love, creativity and quest for beauty.  
On this equinox day, let’s reach far deep into history for strength and far ahead to future for motivation and unite both into life sustaining vigour conductive to progress in the present moment.

Keep grounded, keep the equilibrium and keep lacing.

One cross and one twist at a time. 

If wire lace leaf tallies happen to be part of your growth plan this spring,  the Seedlings Pattern and Tutorial  offers some helpful advice 🙂

Happy lacemaking to you all!

Lace well done…

Season wrap-up wire lace workshop is coming on Saturday, June 27, 2015. It will harness the fresh summer energy to finish projects we started in previous workshops, to improve, strengthen and grow our skills and most of all, to release the creative potential locked in lace. Bring your unfinished projects in wire bobbin or needle lace with your questions about techniques and finishing, bring your finished projects to show and share with others, and of course, bring your ideas for future lace designs. Be ready for learning, brainstorming and fun!

Detailed information and registration

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Spring Growth – Leaves, leaves and more leaves

BLW3-poster April workshop follows the spring theme with leaf motif. Leaves have a special place in lace design. They are bold, prominent and quite beautiful. In fibre lace, the leaf tallies can be difficult to master, and because of that, they are often feared by new lacemakers. Wire medium is quite different, though, and suits perfectly to successful leaf-making.  Exploring foliage in wire lace is exciting, because the process is so much easier that negotiating tallies in thread. Lacemakers can relax, have fun and create beautiful leaves of all shapes. In this workshop, instruction will cover three kinds of leaves:  plaited leaves, leaf tallies and 3-pair leaves, as well as colour variations in leaf design and implementing leaf design in wearable lace jewellery.  With just two pairs of bobbins, lacemakers will create a seedling pendant, and add one more pair to start a vine that can grow into a necklace, bracelet or a garland ornament. This workshop is suitable for beginners, but is also open to experienced lacemakers, especially those who want to overcome lacemaker’s  leaf-phobia, and see that they can become happy and prolific leaf growers. Detailed information and registration