Part 1: 3 filling stitches for RPL & Removing the lace


gift tag

hair decorationas sock embellishment For the next few days on here I will be posting about doing needle filling stitches in Romanian Point Lace. These stitches can be used in other types of needle lace as well such as tennerrife lace, batternberg, Retticella and other point laces like drawn thread work …and so on.  I am showing here a few ideas for these little motifs to be used as hair and tree ornaments, Embellishments for Christmas socks and clothes ie little girls dress or sweaters you can make it a pin and wear it on a winter hat or purse or a simply decorate a gift box (as one of the above  ie make it a pin or hair clip  or ornament then use it as a tag so the recipient gets a pretty gift  then they can wear the item too).  Please read on if you want to learn how to make these stitches and add them to your RPL.

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>7 types of lace… I think only 4

>In the comment section on this post on this blog someone said there are 7 types of lace:

  1. knitting
  2. crochet
  3. weaving
  4. bobbin lace
  5. tatting
  6. hairpin lace
  7. needle lace

I think the person was confused, because a lot of these are in the same four categories. Which is my opinion. She seemed to be naming laces, of which there are way more than seven, like hundreds! Looks like she was trying to name techniques and didn’t succeed, the lace fairy has 5 techniques on her site but in looking at them, her last one is a combination of multiple other techniques so it would still break down into these four categories. Some laces can incorporate more than one of the techniques. That is why, once you learn one lace, it is easy to learn another as they may share similar techniques.

  1. loop lace = knitting, crochet, hairpin lace, Romanian, oya…
  2. knotted lace = tatting and netting, American Macramé, oya…
  3. woven lace = bobbin lace is a sort of weaving, battenburg and other tape laces, teneriffe….
  4. needle lace = Romanian, teneriffe, battenberg, oya , beading…

OK, I do:
hairpin, needle, crochet, tatting, teneriffe lace, bobbin lace, Romanian, macramé, hand loom weaving, polka spider web lace, nanduti, battenberg/battenburg lace, oya, beading etc….. the list goes on and on.

I pretty much do some in each category.

Trying to learn knitting and weaving.

What laces do you make?



I just posted a lot of pictures on Flickr today.
Tons of Christmas, and a lot of items I have made for my children.

>display at lace in


I didn’t take many photos at the Lace-in like I wanted to.

I did get a few of the display of different types of lace. There where a few things people were working on that I could have taken photos of. Sorry to say their items didn’t interest me enough. People did more talking than working so I wasn’t able to get as many photos as I would have liked. But these are kind of neat, so I hope you enjoy them.This is a display Dale sets up for events like this of all different types of lace with an emphasis on tatting. Which only makes sense as that is what he specializes in. There are also netting, tape work, needle lace, tenneriffe and a few others. Very lovely collection of items. I think he made about half of these .

>A bit of lace anyone


Today is the “Mad Tatters” Lace-in aka Dale Pomeroy.

I am going to try and get some photos there so I can post a lace post later. The Christmas ornament you see here is one of his creations and is also a link to his site check it out. I was given verbal permission from Dale to use the picture of the ornament on November 11, 2006, in person.

>drawn thread work table cloth

>I was a bad girl. Saturday night I was taking some stuff to the local thrift store as a donation.

Then, I decided I just had to go in for a quick look (I always look for vintage crochet thread, old embroidered pillow cases, and things like that).

When I found this drawn thread work table cloth, I figured it had to have tons of holes or why would any one chuck it? Upon inspection, I discovered it had one tiny one and I didn’t see damage to the embroidery.

Then I figured it has to be expensive; but I saw the $2.00 price tag. Oh, that was so going to be mine! It always amazes me how some people just don’t think much of hand work, and others would pay hundreds of dollars for this same item on eBay.
You never know. Well, this hasn’t decided where it is living in my house yet. It still needs a cleaning (even thought it looks real clean). Then I will decide. No matter where it goes, it will be lovely.

This little cloth is the size of a card table type of cloth; just a lovely little size. It is amazing how much work was put into this one little cloth; a true family heirloom that someone tossed. As the saying goes, “One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.” OK, I changed — it artistic license. But you get my meaning all the same.

>front room rug and chairs

>Hand made wool rug that is 12 feet by 19 feet and is in my front room. This rug took me about 1 year to make. It is hard to get a good photo of it because of all the furniture.I also took close ups so you could see the color change as it went across the rug. The two red wing back chairs in the photo are antiques that my grandmother gave me. When we got them they where purple vinyl with their springs sitting on the ground. A few mice had made homes in them, and a few wasp’s nests were there as well. I think they cleaned up real nice. My husband did the one on the right and I did the one on the left. Team work as my kids would say.