From Bobbin Lace To Threadpainting. Obsessions.

I have spent all of my time since Covid hit obsessivly crafting, pretty much flat out. First I learned to make bobbin lace and did it every single day for a year.

I spent a whole year making bobbin lace every single day.

I taught myself to make bobbin lace and did it every single day for a year. Thank goodness for youtube, or it would have been impossible. Lace is a really hard craft to teach yourself! I even joined my local Lacemaker’ Guild, making a grand total of 11 lacemakers in my province. ūüôā For that whole year, I read, made, researched, and thought about bobbin lace with total obsession and then, with no warning, I was done. For now anyway. So I have all of the gear for lacemaking now, which is nice in case the bug bites again. I hope it does. That gear is expensive!

Oh, and I might as well apologize for any clumsiness in this post. It’s my first in a long time and I really don’t remember how all of this works. Like how do I put a break in this post again? And how do I spell check this? Sorry for any spelling errors, but everything looks different now…

Hand Knit Socks

And then I made socks for a year. And I mean nothing but socks. 18 pairs of increasingly complex socks. And then suddenly, I just wasn’t interested anymore. I do however have a sock drawer of pure awesomness and my family have excellent socks.

Embroidery and Threadpainting

And for most of this last year I have been embroidering again. And this time I have been threadpainting! I have always been intimidated by the idea of threadpainting, it looks so difficult and artistic, and it is but it’s so satisfying! These are some of my current and recent projects.

Obsession!

Whenever I think of the word obsession (which I often do) I think about it to the tune of The Fiddler On The Roof’s song “Tradition!” And I bet you are too now.

You’re welcome. ūüėČ

One of the gifts of being very slightly on the spectrum is the pleasure of obsession. I have always said that the difference between obsessions and compulsions are that obsessions are fun, where as compulsions are not.

I feel blessed to have enjoyed more then a decade of various passionate, all-encompassing string obsessions, and I hope they never leave me. They seem to come and go with no input from me, like blessings from the Muse of String. Wherever they come from, I welcome each one wholeheartedly.

I wish you all much passion and creativity in your lives,

Baba Stringthings aka Renata

Antique Pattern Library Catalog

Hundreds of years of needlework and yarncraft patterns, all for free!

 

Here are some of the wonderful free vintage publications from the awe-inspiring¬†Antique Pattern Library Catalog. I can’t recommend this site highly enough. Do yourself a favour; put your feet up, grab a cup of tea, and settle in for a good rummage through the patterns.

Antique Pattern Library Catalog

If, like me you are a huge fan of both string and history then this site is a treasure trove. It’s like a really old second-hand bookstore; you might have to do a bit of hunting¬†around to¬†find the gems but it’s totally worth it.

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Meet Dziparu Mate, The Latvian Holy Mother Of Yarn

“Dear Dziparina Mamulina, help me keep this damn yarn from tangling so I can knit another pair of damned mittens!”

I would like to introduce you to Dziparu Mate, one of my very favourite Goddesses. She is one of the Latvian Mother Goddesses or Mates, and She rules over Wool, Coloured Wool and Yarn.

Knitting was very important in the life of young Latvian women. Girls were expected to knit over fifty pairs of mittens before their wedding day, and the number of pairs a girl had made was one factor in finding a husband.

That made mitten-making a very serious business. Can you imagine the pressure of knowing your prospective husband’s family would be examining your mittens in order to decide if you were worthy of marrying their son? On the wedding day, the bride would give out the mittens she had made to her new in-laws. Hopefully, the mittens (and the bride)  would be a big hit.

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