I am about to ship a completely unexpected order – a pair of customized bobbin lace earrings! The client saw a pair I made eons ago somewhere online, and clicked through Pinterest to my old blog all the way to my Etsy shop and asked whether I was still making bobbin lace. Well, strictly speaking I am not – but I sure was ready to start again! Making bobbin lace felt like riding a bicycle: You simply never forget how to.
Here is the final result – What do you think?
Going through my old wire lace folders brings back so many memories! Making wire bobbin lace was a wonderful experience. It helped me master a very complex, traditional craft and then look at it from a new perspective as I chose to use a very nontraditional material to work with. It ultimately led me to jewelry making at large – and I really should get back to it. The satisfaction of creating something beautiful out of almost nothing is simply indescribable.
Another blast from the past. One of my first and to this day one of my favourite necklace designs.
I was perusing Pinterest today, and was so pleasantly surprised to see a picture of my wire bobbin lace earrings pinned and repinned 20 times (I know, peanuts for some, but it’s HUGE for me). The only sad part is that the 20-times repinned picture linked to a blog that took my photo and didn’t bother crediting me for it. Oh, well – that’s the risk inherent to anything put online, I guess.
Anyway, the first thing I thought when I saw those earrings of mine was that is was funny. Because I have been thinking about getting back to bobbin lace making, and to jewelry making in general, for weeks now. I took a break from working with resin when I was pregnant and then, obviously, I kind of took a break from my former life when Baby Bubba was born, period. But my fingers have been itching for a while. Maybe I am ready.
If Bubba’s naps are 30 minutes each, and he naps 3 times a day, these should only take 5 days to make! Ha!
Pity babies are everything but predictable. Maybe jewelry making will have to wait a tiny bit longer. But thanks for letting me inspire myself, Pinterest!
First wire bobbin lace earrings in a year and a half. Well, one earring to be exact. We’ll see how long the other one will take to make.