As I go through these books I am constantly amazed at how the threads can be made to move through the textile and the cleverness of our ancestors who figured this out.
This is a small table runner and rather than work with a bazillion bobbins, the lace meanders back and forth to create a much larger textile with a more manageable number of bobbins.
While I can't yet quite follow this diagram, I get just enough of it to be blown away by whoever figured this out.
After seeing Ivan Sayers collection of lace at Fibres West, the fineness of the threads used, and the designs that were created, usually in very low light conditions, I can only offer up my respect to the (mostly) women who made these lace textiles.
And, while I am intimidated, I am also inspired to dig my pillow and bobbins out. I just wish I didn't have so many crunchy deadlines right now. But never mind, I have the books and I can feast my eyes on these incredible patterns and - who knows - set up a pillow for a very very simple lace.
Currently drooling over Discover, Explore, Master Torchon - a three part series written by Ulrike Voelcker. Available in Canada from Trillium Lace in Ottawa, ON.