Lace and Valentines go together but we seldom think of how lace was originally made. Men away from their sweethearts often made them pairs of custom bobbins for their lace making as valentines. This week I've added how to make spangled bobbins to the instructions from last week, and I've also added a tutorial to make a lace maker's "cookie" pillow.
Although it takes a few full size materials to get started, lace making in miniature isn't as difficult a hobby as you might think. In miniature scales, you can make wonderful lace trims, shawls, mats, bonnets, even curtains for a dolls house. Two books have been written by Roz Snowden on making lace for smaller scale projects. Both Miniature Bobbin Lace and New Ideas for Miniature Bobbin Lace have clear instructions for beginners through to experienced lace makers and a wide range of projects using traditional bobbin lace techniques.
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