I went to the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale for their bi-annual sale. I didn't find any old lace, but I did find a nice set of hooks. They came in a box attached to a huge lobster clasp and nothing else. I suppose they're meant to be attached to a chatelaine but I just wanted to hang them from my wrist.
So I made a bracelet with my bead soup and coordinating glass beads. Bead soup? Yes, start with various sizes and shapes of seed beads in whatever color(s) you like and mix them in a container to use with other coordinating glass beads. Each time you use your bead soup for a project you toss in the leftover beads. Over time you get a really nice mix, and the cool thing is everything you make with the bead soup matches!
I made the scissor fob awhile ago from the same bead soup. I originally designed it with a loop so I could pin it to my pillow, but it works really well as a ring chatelaine. Pretty too.
Before you think I have weird sleeping habits (pinning scissors to my pillow?), this is what I mean by pillow. It's a bobbin lace pillow, one of many that I have, it's covered at the moment. Maybe not on this pillow but over the years I've made a few pieces of lace.
Bedfordshire bookmarks and a motif. The motif, designed by Louise Colgan (my teacher), features a single leaf (lower bottom right) that represents my 500th. As a bobbin lacemaker 1000 leaves is suppose to be some big milestone. I've been lacing for over 10 years and well I'm just over the hump I guess.
Here's a Milanese piece (also designed by Louise) made with Gutermann silk, Madeira metallic and beads!
So what's under the cover on my pillow?
Another Bedfordshire piece. It's Floral Bedfordshire simlar to the bookmarks above. The bobbins along the top are my throw-outs (I'm lazy). The bobbins along the bottom are my working bobbins. I'm almost done! If you're wondering how long this stuff takes, I don't know, in general. I do know it takes *me* awhile.
The dogwood flower took about 3 years and I started this piece in 2009. I expect to finish it this year. YMMV