the BIG news is that Colin has come through his operation, and although the recovery process is long and not that easy, he is now through the danger period and adjusting at home ... BIG HAPPY DANCE!!!
The doll lace attracted some admiration once Colin was moved onto a general ward and I could spend some time playing...it now measures just over 1.5 meters...just over half way....Yayyyyyy!!!!
The past couple of days, I have turned my focus to the Beds mat in my spare time.
This morning at breakfast time and 2 flowers down, I was here...now there are only 2 flowers to go :)
From a little further away, you can see my own handmade bobbins and beads...maybe that is why this piece is taking soooooooooooo long to finish.
Colin and I escaped to the West Coast for a couple of days just prior to the hospital stay. In Zeehan,we encounted a couple enjoying the beautiful day outside a local cafe with their spinning wheels. My interest was sparked (again) when the lady showed me a skein of fibre...1 ply was spun wool and the 2nd ply was Guttermans sewing silk. I really liked this idea...it makes the possibility of using the fibre for lace making much closer. Once we came home I dug out my lovely Ashford spinning wheel and discovered that the flyer has flown. I promptly ordered a new one, but was eagerr to get going. I found a local contact and obtained some Corridale fleece, asked the 'Oracle' (Gumlace) for advice and found a link to a homemade drop spindle with lessons on how to use it on Interweave.
With the need of a distraction, I dived in!
The spindle is made from a foot long length of dowel, a brass eyelet, slightly opened, a rubber grommet and 2 old CDs...easy peasy!!
My arm aches so progress is slow. The flyer (and an Ashford beginners spindle) have arrived so I plan on making more progress in the coming weeks so stay tuned :)
many hugs to all my friends in the lace and bloggy world for your wonderful support...