The Embroiderer's Story

The Real Thing!

March 29th, 2008 by Jill Hall

101 silver gilt spanglesMark brought us 101 spangles. After all the time and effort he and others put in, it may seem like a very small pile of result. But there was great rejoicing.

heap o’ spangles

Carolyn wound bobbins. Due to a greater demand for the lace kits than we’d anticipated and a longer delivery time on the gold & silver lace threads, she had to ration the remaining thread and carefully plan how many bobbins to wind. (Don’t worry, though, more thread is on the way.)Wendy helps Carolyn string spangles on the silver thread.

We measured and measured the embroidery pieces to determine how long the lace pieces should be. Carolyn decided to start with the pieces that will go along the shoulder wings.

Wendy and Carolyn strung the spangles onto the lace thread and then wound the thread onto the bobbins.

Carolyn makes the first repeat of the real lace.

Carolyn made lace. It seemed to Wendy and me that the work went really fast. Every time we peeked, there was more to see. Carolyn thought it took a very long time. It came out to about an inch per hour.Two repeats - a full day’s work.

Robbin’s here today making lace and Melanie Anne is embroidering. I’ll have those pictures Monday. I also owe you one more post from Tricia.

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5 Responses to “The Real Thing!”

  1. coral-seas says:

    Wow, I’m glad that someone understands that confusion of threads. Do I count 18 threads there?

    But, my oh my, do you make some pretty lace from them. It is so good to see this phase of the jacket becoming reality.

    Well done.


  2. Carolyn says:

    Indeed there are eighteen threads there, and six spangles. The spangles are gorgeous.

    I can also hear some lacemakers saying to themselves: “**What** exactly **is** that she is using for a cover cloth?” Answer: anything she could find. ;-)


  3. Mary Corbet says:

    WOW!! How exciting! The spangles are fascinating. You can see the reflecting quality as they lay there, unmoving. It’s going to look fantastic once they’re dangline on the edges of the lace!

    Keep up the GREAT work!

  4. Catherine K says:

    Wooo Hooo! We have lace :) ! And I have to admit to a tingle going down my spine from the picture of those first repeats with the spangles. It has probably been hundreds of years since lace was produced with that style of spangle. How cool is that :) !!

  5. Rebecca says:

    The lace is beautiful! What kind of thread is being used?

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