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I'm using a simple traditional garter pattern (not mine) to test the two colors. Half on one side, half on the other. Which side will win? #ancientsparkcreations #atelierc&;m #artisan #traditionalcraftsmanship #smallbiz #canadianbusiness #lacemaker #lace #bobbinlace

All done with the second strip of the custom-order edging! All that's left is to bind off both strips, and then they're ready for delivery! -Marisa⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #custommade #lace #bobbinlace #artisanwork

Here's another must-have for bobbin lace: large pincushions with a variety of pins. I bought this one from a very talented fellow artisan (http://buff.ly/2t6n7fi), and at 5" across it's one of my favorites.⠀

As for the pins, each one has different uses. My workhorse pins are the plain steel ones, which I use to shape the lace as I make it. The brightly colored ones (for example, the yellow ones) I use to hang temporary pairs and to mark the center of special motifs, such as spiders. The large red flower is a separator pin; I use it to push aside pairs I'm not using at the moment, so they're out of the way of the section I'm working on. The little green-headed ones are for very fine threads. -Marisa⠀

#ateliercandm #ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #lacetools #pincushion #artisan #lacemaker #handcrafted

TBT: Working on a tatted lace choker a few months ago.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #tbt #artisan #lacemaker

A shamelessly geeky shot of thread layers for the Arachne scarf. I'm using old linen napkins to keep layers of bobbins separate so I can work with all the pairs I need. At this point, I have over half the pairs I'll need in action. Only a couple more setup sessions to go, and then we'll be full steam ahead!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #silkthread #bobbinlace #lacemakersofinstagram #silkscarf #ooak #artisanmade

Sometimes I like to walk through my garden just for some color inspiration. I see a project in red and black in my near future...⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #redflowers #colorinspiration #artisanlace

I was really excited to receive this in the mail a few days ago! One of my favorite aspects of lacemaking is knowing that I'm participating in a centuries-old tradition. I also enjoy experimenting with antique patterns and adapting them for modern use.⠀

The Ipswich lace samples give us an important glimpse into American lacemaking: both in terms of style and importance. The samples were kept among Alexander Hamilton's papers, since one of his tasks had been to survey the state of the textile industry.⠀

I look forward to trying them out, and connecting with this fascinating time in bobbin lace history!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #ipswich #alexanderhamilton

And we're off! I have 82 pairs of bobbins to wind and hang on the starting pins (the yellow ones in the photo). Every lacemaker is different in how they approach the winding and starting stage: some like to wind all the pairs at once, and then either hang them directly on the pins or keep them on standby on special bobbin trees (the stands used for drying pasta also work well as holders).⠀

When I have many pairs to work into a pattern, I like to alternate between winding and starting the pattern. I find it helps me keep the pairs organized, since when you first hang them on the pins, without working them, they tend to be a little unruly. It also breaks the monotony of winding pair after pair, as well as help with any last-minute decisions on the number of pairs used (for example, I decided to add extra pairs to the edges, to give the piece a more defined border).⠀

So this is what I did in an evening. I'm starting the pairs with a built-in fringe by knotting the pairs at each pin and leaving enough length to trim them once I'm done; I'll finish the piece the same way, by knotting at the ending pins. At the same time, I changed the type of ground stitch after realizing I wanted a denser look. I'll be winding for a few more sessions before all the pairs are in play.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lace #bobbinlace #lacescarf #artisantechniques #artisanlace

I normally enjoy working with a very specific color palette: jewel-toned or black thread, earthy metals like bronze, and dark-hued crystals. But sometimes I'm walking along and a very different set of colors catches my eye, and I think I might want to try something out of my comfort zone.⠀

How do you relate to colors? Do some call to you while others put you off completely? Have you ever "come around" to wanting to try a shade you never thought of working with?⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #naturewalk #cheesybutfunfilter #yellowflowers #weedsareflowerstoo

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Two steps forward, one step back. As I mentioned yesterday, I ran into a little problem with my lace scarf. Nothing that can't be solved with a bit of backtracking, but in bobbin lace undoing work can be as time-consuming (if not more) as making it in the first place.⠀

Sigh. Breathe, breathe, breathe... A session or two, and I should be back on track.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #lacescarf #aargh #naughtythread #iguessthisbuildscharacter

I've been terrible about posting the past couple of days, because I ran into a problem with my silk scarf, and I've been trying to work through it. So today I went to one of my "meditation spaces" (i.e. the stables where I ride) to hang out with my girl Daisy. As you can see, she's not much interested in lacemaking (lack of opposable thumbs and all that), but she has a way of calming me and getting me out of my head long enough for me to step back and see the problem from another perspective. The sunshine didn't hurt either.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #horsenation #horsesareawesome #aargh

Almost ready to move the pattern up! It's not something I'm looking forward to doing, because it takes time and can get very fiddly, but I'm happy to start on a new section of my scarf!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #lacemaker #lacescarf #ooak #artisans #silkscarfs

Another star-shaped spider variant. This one has a light, airy look that I love.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lace #bobbinlace #ooak #silkscarf #lacescarf #luxuryaccessories

Another spider variant for my scarf. This one has two extra pins at the sides, for a neat webbed look. The center will straighten out once I take out all the pins.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #silkscarf #bobbinlacescarf #lacescarf #ooak #blacksilk

I'm almost at the end of the first part, which means I'll be moving the whole pattern up on the pillow soon. At this point, I'm probably looking at four or five repeats for a nice - but not excessive - length.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lacemaking #bobbinlace #lace #laceaccessories #lacescarf #silkscarf #ooak

Following up yesterday's post on placing crystals into lace, here's the tool I use to do this. A small crochet hook also works, but I didn't have one that could fit into the stones without shattering them. This is a Duchesse hook (used in Duchesse bobbin lace, which has special joining techniques).⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lacemakingtools #duchesse #artisantools #lacemaker

Placing a crystal so it's centered between stitches. The crystal will go in the space above where two pairs cross (in the pattern, it's the space between four points of ground). Here's how I do it:⠀

1. I take the two pairs I'm going to work with, and do a single twist for each pair.⠀

2. Using the two inside bobbins, I catch the thread of the one on the left with a small hook that I've used to catch the crystal, and slide the crystal onto the thread, creating a loop.⠀

3. I pass the bobbin on the right through the loop I just made, and adjust the crystal so it's centered while sliding it up where it needs to be.⠀

4. I make my stitch with both pairs, pin, and close, being careful to keep the crystal centered.⠀

Easy peasy! I love using beads and crystals in lace. They add a lovely weight and sparkle to a piece.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #beadedlace #swarovski #crystals #lacescarf #silkscarf

Well, crap... This does happen once in a while (which doesn't make it any less frustrating); especially with large projects, where the threads get moved around a lot, at some point something is going to break. How do I fix this?⠀

1. Spend a few minutes cursing and swearing. Really, just get it out of my system, so I can be calm enough to actually do something about it.⠀
2. Undo enough of the section so I can attach a longer length of thread to the broken one using a weaver's knot.⠀
3. Take this new length and wind it alongside the strand of the bobbin you're going to place back, so it's doubled.⠀
4. Re-hang the bobbin on an outside pin (or a pin just above where I'm working), and do a few stitches with the doubled thread.⠀
5. Unwind the short thread and move it out of the way (I'll trim it at the end), and keep working with the new thread.⠀
6. Pray to the lace deities that it won't show.⠀

Sigh. Off to fix this.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #lacescarf #lacemakernightmares #brokenthread #aaargh

Bobbin lace results in weird calluses! This is what happens after pinning hundreds of stitches in one sitting. When I made a large piece of chainmaille armor last year, I ended up with large calluses on two fingers of my right hand and on the palm of my left. I actually find the calluses I end up with interesting, because they give me valuable information about how I hold and handle my tools. They're a semi-permanent record of my work, and linger long after the piece is finished. Fellow artists: how does your work leave an imprint on your bodies?⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #artisan #artistmarks #bodyofanartist

This was a cool spider variant to make. It results in a motif that looks like two stars side by side!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lacemaker #bobbinlace #silkscarf #luxuryscarf #silkandcrystals #artisanmade

We set this up for the kids, and I mentioned that maybe I could use it as a studio space. They were not impressed. I'm lucky lace is fairly portable; back to the dining room it is!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #desperateforspace #studiodreams #artisanwoes

A pretty little half-stitch spider. This variation doesn't call for a pin placed in the center; it's woven and closed in one pass.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lacemaker #bobbinlace #silkscarf #luxuryscarf #silkandcrystals #artisanmade

I'm often asked how much time bobbin lace takes to make, so here's an idea for this large piece. I use a time tracker app to help me calculate labor costs on my pieces, and it tells me that, from design (the actual drawing of the pattern on paper) to this point, it's been around 43 hours. That includes designing and preparing the pattern (making the pinholes), winding the bobbins, and doing the work. So yes, it's time-consuming, but the time flies for me as the piece takes shape, and I can't imagine anything I'd rather be doing!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #silkscarf #lacescarf #bobbinlace #artisanprocess #slowbeauty

Another spider variant: this one is called "pececito" in Spanish, which means "little fish." Very fun to make, and looks really unique!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #lacemotifs #silkscarf #ooakhandmade #artisanmade #lacescarf #luxuryaccessories

Going down the center of the scarf; this is where I'm incorporating all the spider variants. After the basic model above, I went with this star-shaped spider motif, since it's one of my favorites. It's the one I used on the purple edging I made recently.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ooak #silkscarf #lacescarf #bobbinlace #lace #handmadelace #artisan

These is the spider motif variant that will go down the outside columns of the Arachne scarf. It consists of four interlocking spiders: you work the top one first, then the sides, and then the bottom one. I always love the look of this one!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #ooak #handmade #artisanlace #handmadelace #lacescarf #silkscarf #blackscarf #luxuryscarf

Here's a look at how one of the scarf's motifs is made. I'm calling this piece Arachne, because it centers around a bobbin lace motif known as a spider. The one in this photo is the basic form of this motif, the one most lacemakers learn first, but there are actually many variants (someone once told me there are probably 50 documented versions!). My goal is to incorporate as many of these as I can into the piece.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #silkscarf #ooakscarf #fiberarts #artisan

Another important lacemaking center: Le Puy en Velay, France. I love the lace that comes out of this region, and the fact that there's an actual school for lacemakers!⠀

Bobbin Lace Learning Center - Le Puy en Velay - France - Le Puy's Lace - Introcution http://buff.ly/2sydzJb⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #historyoflace #lacemakingcenters #puyenvelay #frenchlacemakers #bobbinlace

Here's the silk scarf with all 82 pairs finally incorporated. Now the real fun begins!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #silkscarf #artisanlace #bobbinlace #lacemaker #ooak #handcraftedluxury

Lace Making Museum | Camariñas, all sea http://buff.ly/2ssIjAg⠀

While I work on my scarf, I thought I'd also take you on a tour of lacemaking centers around the world. First stop is Camariñas, Spain, where lace was an important part of the economy for a long time. In recent years, there was an initiative to revive these traditions.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #camariñas #spanishlacemakers #lacemakingcenters #historyoflace

So here's a little bobbin winding tip I learned from a fellow lacemaker some time ago. It involves setting up a couple (or three, in my case) long pins to hold a bobbin I want to wind from. In bobbin lace, pairs are usually wound continuously: you wind double the thread you need onto one bobbin, and then from that bobbin to the second of the pair. This little setup is useful in keeping that first bobbin in place and in a comfortable position to wind from.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #bobbinwinding #tipsandtricks #lacemakertricks

A very muddy ride today; messy but fun!⠀

I was looking through my feed the other day, as part of an exercise in cleaning up posts that didn't seem to fit into the whole picture, and I started wondering about my horse posts. They don't seem to have much to do with chainmaille or lacemaking or my work as an artisan in general.⠀

But then I realized that they are, in fact, describing an important aspect of my creative process: the times when I practice at developing the quiet mind I need to keep my work focused. There are two physical activities I use as a kind of "moving meditation": yoga and horseback riding. I do my hour of yoga early in the morning, in my still-dark living room, before the rest of the household wakes up and the daily chaos begins. It helps prepare me for the day, both physically (since I'll spend many hours sitting in front of a computer or my lace pillow) and mentally. I've had some truly powerful insights about my craft while I was holding a complicated pose; not ideas I had sought out actively, but that simply came while I was focused on something else.⠀

It's similar with horseback riding. When I'm on a horse, I need to remain calm but alert, and can't let my mind get busy thinking about bills to pay or shows to sign up for or even what to make for dinner. I get on, communicate as best I can with my horse, and let the rhythm of the ride take us through the paces.⠀

So I'll keep the horse photos, although I hope the next one will be less muddy. Come on, summer, you can do it! Give us some sunshine!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #equestrian #movingmeditation #calmnessinmotion #muddyhorses #creativityismessy

Almost (relatively) done loading bobbins! I need one or two more sessions, and we'll be able to go full steam. I started incorporating the bobbins on the right so that I wouldn't unbalance the pillows with too much weight on the left.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lacescarf #silkscarf #lace #bobbinlace #artisanprocess

A shamelessly geeky shot of thread layers for the Arachne scarf. I'm using old linen napkins to keep layers of bobbins separate so I can work with all the pairs I need. At this point, I have over half the pairs I'll need in action. Only a couple more setup sessions to go, and then we'll be full steam ahead!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #silkthread #bobbinlace #lacemakersofinstagram #silkscarf #ooak #artisanmade

Bobbin throwback time! I don't use these bobbins as often as I'd like, since they're too light for most of the work I do, but I do bring them out once in a while when I want to do a small sample.⠀

The light brown ones are Rosaline-style bobbins, made of pear wood. The thinner, darker ones are of a wood composite, and sing beautifully when moved around. It's hard not to feel inspired by such beautiful tools!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #bobbins #artisanwood #lacemakingtools

A closeup of my bobbins wound with black silk thread. A couple of things to note:⠀

1. There's more thread on them than meets the eye! It's fairly fine stuff, which I like because it made it easier to wind as much as I'll need for the whole project. I always try to avoid running out of thread and having to put in a new bobbin; it slows me down, can weaken the lace if too many bobbins need to be refilled, and I like not having too many loose ends to deal with.⠀

2. Silk is slippery! This means I have to wind tightly enough that bits of thread won't slip away and potentially snarl up along the length of the bobbin. I already have a couple to rewind because they're starting to loosen. It's a lovely material, but definitely more fiddly than cotton.⠀

And back to work I go!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #silk #bobbinlace #silkthread #silkscarf #ooak #uniqueaccessories #custommade #artisanproblems

I normally enjoy working with a very specific color palette: jewel-toned or black thread, earthy metals like bronze, and dark-hued crystals. But sometimes I'm walking along and a very different set of colors catches my eye, and I think I might want to try something out of my comfort zone.⠀

How do you relate to colors? Do some call to you while others put you off completely? Have you ever "come around" to wanting to try a shade you never thought of working with?⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #naturewalk #cheesybutfunfilter #yellowflowers #weedsareflowerstoo

And we're off! I have 82 pairs of bobbins to wind and hang on the starting pins (the yellow ones in the photo). Every lacemaker is different in how they approach the winding and starting stage: some like to wind all the pairs at once, and then either hang them directly on the pins or keep them on standby on special bobbin trees (the stands used for drying pasta also work well as holders).⠀

When I have many pairs to work into a pattern, I like to alternate between winding and starting the pattern. I find it helps me keep the pairs organized, since when you first hang them on the pins, without working them, they tend to be a little unruly. It also breaks the monotony of winding pair after pair, as well as help with any last-minute decisions on the number of pairs used (for example, I decided to add extra pairs to the edges, to give the piece a more defined border).⠀

So this is what I did in an evening. I'm starting the pairs with a built-in fringe by knotting the pairs at each pin and leaving enough length to trim them once I'm done; I'll finish the piece the same way, by knotting at the ending pins. At the same time, I changed the type of ground stitch after realizing I wanted a denser look. I'll be winding for a few more sessions before all the pairs are in play.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lace #bobbinlace #lacescarf #artisantechniques #artisanlace

Ready to work! Here's my setup for the silk lace scarf: my large round straw-filled pillow on a sturdy wooden stand, and assorted tools.⠀

Now usually, for a long piece like a scarf or a length of edging, I'd use a roller pillow, which lets me easily rotate the pattern and not have to move things around too much. However, I decided to go with this round one for a couple of reasons. First, because it's wide enough to easily manage the 82 pairs of bobbins I'll be handling during this project. And second, because on the roller pillow the bobbins hang down vertically; that's usually not an issue, but with this fine silk thread I didn't want too much tension, because it would distort the lace. I can adjust the tilt on this pillow in such a way that I get the tension I want, but can remain gentle on the thread.⠀

I'm also using thinner, lighter bobbins than I normally do. Lighter so they don't pull on the thread too much; thinner because I'm using many pairs and need all the space I can get!⠀

I have two sheets of pattern prepared, which I'll be moving upwards with the help of two pieces of mat (it's actually an old yoga mat I've cut up) between the sheets and the pillow. The large green piece at the bottom is another piece of mat; it helps keep the bobbins from rolling around.⠀

So here we go! Let's get this project started!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #ooak #lacescarf #silkscarf #artisan #toolsofthetrade

The results of yesterday's swatch test: a quick and dirty spider surrounded by a bit of ground, with a couple of crystals to test their weight on the silk. I'm happy with both, so I'm off to prepare the pricking for the second sheet (since this is a long piece) and then it's bobbin-winding time!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #arachnescarf #bobbinlace #ooak #artisan #accessories #silkscarf

Setting up a small sample swatch for the Arachne scarf. I need to see if the black silk thread works in the pattern I designed, and how the Swarovski crystals will look on it. I'm winding 20 pairs with a tiny bit of the thread, and we'll see...⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #arachnescarf #silk #swarovski #lace #bobbinlace #blacksilk #accessories #handmade #artisan #ooak

I have my pattern copies made and covered in matte plastic, and now it's time to prepare the pricking for my Arachne scarf! This will take a few hours, since I have three pattern sheets with enough pin points for 80 pairs of bobbins!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #arachnescarf #bobbinlace #artisan #scarf #silk #lace #lacemaker #ooak

My wonderful client dropped by yesterday to pick up the lace edging, and she brought along the garment it's going to adorn (which is actually black, not grey, but I was having a heck of a time photographing the true color!). I was so happy she did, because I can show you a preview pic of what it will look like. The thread ends need to be trimmed and some binding put on the ends before it's sewn onto the cloak, but it's going to look amazing, and I can't wait to see the final photos! ⠀

Many thanks and lots of love to the recipient; it was wonderful working with you to create this piece! -Marisa⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #custommade #lace #bespoke #accessories #bobbinlace #handmade #artisan #lacetrim

I received this amazing piece yesterday, and really have to share how much I love it. @shopcompliment is a truly inspirational company, dedicating 5% of sales to fund scholarships for #smartgirls, a cause very dear to me. Their jewelry is gorgeous, and their goal and message absolutely uplifting. I love supporting fellow designers and wearing their creations!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #smartgirls #shopcompliment #shopsmart #jewelrywithpurpose #supportfellowartists #unboxing

My wonderful client dropped by earlier today to pick up the lace edging, and she brought along the garment it's going to adorn (which is actually black, not grey, but I was having a heck of a time photographing the true color!). I was so happy she did, because I can show you a preview pic of what it will look like. The thread ends need to be trimmed and some binding put on the ends before it's sewn onto the cloak, but it's going to look amazing, and I can't wait to see the final photos! ⠀

Many thanks and lots of love to the recipient; it was wonderful working with you to create this piece!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #custommade #lace #bespoke #accessories #bobbinlace #handmade #artisan #lacetrim

TBT: Marisa working on a tatted lace choker a few months ago.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #tbt #artisan #lacemaker

I was really excited to receive this in the mail a few days ago! One of my favorite aspects of lacemaking is knowing that I'm participating in a centuries-old tradition. I also enjoy experimenting with antique patterns and adapting them for modern use.⠀

The Ipswich lace samples give us an important glimpse into American lacemaking: both in terms of style and importance. The samples were kept among Alexander Hamilton's papers, since one of his tasks had been to survey the state of the textile industry.⠀

I look forward to trying them out, and connecting with this fascinating time in bobbin lace history!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #bobbinlace #ipswich #alexanderhamilton

I needed to rethink my scarf design, so I sat down with some basic tools: paper, colored pencils, ruler. I love my design software, but sometimes the best solution is to sit down at a clean table and take a minimalist approach.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #lacedesign #lacescarf #ooak #bobbinlace #drawing

The finished lace edging I did as a custom order, ready for delivery to my wonderful client. I can't wait to see it on the garment it's going to embellish, and will be sure to share a photo once it's ready.⠀

I love working with customers to make these beautiful pieces; it's a very rewarding part of my work as an artisan, knowing that someone is going to receive a piece they'll cherish and enjoy for a long time.⠀

Whether it's a trim or accent for a special garment, or a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry in lace or chainmaille (or both!), it's the collaboration and relationship with the recipient that truly makes it a joy to sketch out a pattern, wind the bobbins or shuttles, pick up the rings and pliers, and set each new adventure in motion. A heartfelt thanks to my customers for inspiring me to challenge myself a bit more with each project.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #custommade #buyhandmade #artisan #lace #bespoke #bobbinlace #fiberarts #chainmaille

The finished lace edging I did as a custom order, ready for delivery to my wonderful client. I can't wait to see it on the garment it's going to embellish, and will be sure to share a photo once it's ready.⠀

I love working with customers to make these beautiful pieces; it's a very rewarding part of my work as an artisan, knowing that someone is going to receive a piece they'll cherish and enjoy for a long time.⠀

Whether it's a trim or accent for a special garment, or a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry in lace or chainmaille (or both!), it's the collaboration and relationship with the recipient that truly makes it a joy to sketch out a pattern, wind the bobbins or shuttles, pick up the rings and pliers, and set each new adventure in motion. A heartfelt thanks to my customers for inspiring me to challenge myself a bit more with each project. -Marisa⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #custommade #buyhandmade #artisan #lace #bespoke #bobbinlace #fiberarts #chainmaille

One part of the custom edging, fresh off the pillow. ⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #artisanlace #custommade #bobbinlace #edging

One part of the custom edging, fresh off the pillow. -Marisa⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #artisanlace #custommade #bobbinlace #edging

Edging complete! Now to carefully remove all the pins, with my handy-dandy pin remover.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #artisanlace #custommade #bobbinlace #edging

Edging complete! Now to carefully remove all the pins, with my handy-dandy pin remover. -Marisa⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #artisanlace #custommade #bobbinlace #edging

All done with the second strip of the custom-order edging! All that's left is to bind off both strips, and then they're ready for delivery!⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #custommade #lace #bobbinlace #artisanwork

The lace edging I've been working on for a wonderful client is almost done, so I've been taking some time to start designing my black silk scarf. For design work, I use a simple painting app (Corel Painter Essentials in my case), and work off a Torchon ground grid. These grids, in various sizes, are easily available from lacemaking instructors and resource sites.⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #artisanlace #lacedesign #designsoftware #heirloomdesign

All done with the second strip of the custom-order edging! All that's left is to bind off both strips, and then they're ready for delivery! -Marisa⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #custommade #lace #bobbinlace #artisanwork

Some lazy Saturday morning knitting. I like to make socks during the summer; that way, I have several new, cozy pair waiting for me when autumn starts! Any fellow sock knitters out there?⠀

The pattern is called Hermione's Everyday Socks, and you can find it for free here: http://buff.ly/2telq0m⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #knitting #socks #magicloopknitting #harrypottersocks #hermionesocks

While most people think of traditional shades of white and cream when they envision a lace piece, I think it's also fun to play with color! This is the border for a wedding handkerchief I made a couple of months ago. I used a natural-colored thread for most of the piece, but added two passive pairs of bobbins in a subtle multicolored hue for the scallops. It gave the piece a unique pop of color, while retaining its heirloom character. -Marisa⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #lace #weddinghandkerchief #somethingblue #bobbinlace #heirloom

Sometimes I like to walk through my garden just for some color inspiration. I see a project in red and black in my near future...⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #redflowers #colorinspiration #artisanlace

I'm so excited! I just received the materials for my next large project: three cones of black silk thread and some gorgeous Swarovski crystals. I'm designing a bobbin lace scarf that I'll be starting as soon as I wrap up my custom-order edging. -Marisa⠀

#ancientsparkcreations #ateliercandm #silk #swarovski #artisan #bobbinlace #scarf #luxurywear

While most people think of traditional shades of white and cream when they envision a lace piece, I think it's also fun to play with color! This is the border for a wedding handkerchief I made a couple of months ago. I used a natural-colored thread for most of the piece, but added two passive pairs of bobbins in a subtle multicolored hue for the scallops. It gave the piece a unique pop of color, while retaining its heirloom character.⠀

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This is another indispensable bobbin lace tool for me: a combination pin-pusher and pin-lifter. While most of the time the pins only go in a bit past the tip, some lace techniques require you to push them in all the way. As you can imagine, you can really wreck your fingers after hours of embedding and removing steel pins onto the pillow. This tool as two ends: one is concave enough to slip over the head of a pin, to help push it down; the other has two prongs that fit around the head, helping lift it back up. Saves time and pain! -Marisa⠀

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TBT: Working on a tatted lace choker a few months ago.⠀

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One of my near-future lace projects will involve this lovely wool that I spent last autumn leisurely spinning. Spindles are my version of a fidget toy; I always have one around to keep my hands busy! -Marisa⠀

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This belt was challenging to make, because of the tight weave I had to place the steel rings into, but I absolutely loved the result. -Marisa⠀

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