Thursday, January 17, 2008

Winter blues and loving lace...

Not the actual blues but the color blue for a winter scissor fob for my mother. I am doing so many involved projects right now and needed to do something I could finish quickly. I needed a 'finish fix'.

Aren't the snowman and snowflake charms adorable. She collects snowmen.

I finally found long eye pins to create a fob for her with the beads I had purchased. I love the long blue bead between the others but it would not fit on the eye pins I already had. The silver beads look like snowballs, don't they?

I am working on a short fob to attach to my tapestry bag I use for my stitching threads and will share a photo of it later.

As you know, I love lace. Here is a photo of just a few of my lace bobbins from all over the world.

I get together once a month with two friends who also make bobbin lace. We are starting a new project to make a pinkeep using lace we will make ourselves. The pinkeep will be double~sided. We are starting with the side which will have some stitching. We all three decided on various patterns.

Dentelles et Rubans by Anne Van Damme is the most wonderful book. If you love lace, you will love this book full of lace patterns to cross stitch. I am using a pattern from this book for one side of my pinkeep.

I am using a portion of one of the samplers. I will stitch about 7 of the decorative rows to give the effect of a Dutch band (row) sampler. I will show you more as I progress...


Nancy said...

I packed the felt one away with my snowman tree, so my poor sissors are bare. They will be so happy to get a snowman back. That is super cute. That snowman is sooo cute.
I noticed the doily under your bobbins as one I sent you from Ireland. I love your bobbin lace and I need to take pictures of all you have sent me and feature it on my blog. I THINK I WILL.
love you, Mom

Joanne said...

I love the fob you're making for your mother. Those charms are so cute, and the beads are just beautiful.
Hugs, Joanne

Anonymous said...

Hallo Heidi,
Leuk om op jouw blog de fob te zien!! Het is een mooie fob geworden! En helemaal perfect voor je moeder.
En het plannetje van de pinkeep is toch ook echt leuk! Ik heb er zin in, maar kan ook maar moeilijk stoppen met mijn dambord. Ik ga nu eerst een rijtje pinkeep borduren, dankzij jouw insprirerend blog. liefs Sonja

Angela said...

The snowman fob is so pretty and really unusual. How lovely to have a fob made specially for you with your favourite subject as a theme. I'm sure Nancy will treasure it.
The bobbins are incredible, so delicate and everyone very different. I love the lace book. You must be inspired by it everytime you open the pages :>)
Love Angela

Nancy said...

A very pretty fob - lucky you Nancy V! I love the beads with the swirls and different colors. And yes, the others do look like snowballs. I can't wait to see your pinkeep. It will be beautiful and unique I'm sure!

Anonymous said...

I love the fob and I know how you feel when you say that you needed something to finish quickly. I'm always so ambitious with my projects in the beginning of the year that I end up just needing a bit of mindless stitching.

I love your crazy quilt pinkeep...I'm trying to learn how to do this type of piecing and embellishing, I just can't seem to get the hang of it but I'll keep trying.

Carolien said...

I just read you entry about the bobbins, what a coincidence!

I love these winter charms on the fob, what a nice present for your mother.

Hugs, Carolien

patchwitch said...

ah Heidi, it is really cute!

I like the snowflake the best...Your mum is lucky :D