Seems like a silly question, but it is one that I am asked all the time.  They ask "What are you going to do with that lace?".  I've given different answers until now I give the same answer.  For me, I am not able to paint, draw, do sculpture etc.  This is my artist outlet.  I tell them to think of it like a drawing that you enjoy doing and then just admire or appreciate.

Anyone else care to weigh in?

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For the satisfaction of making something complicated and beautiful.  I say that embroidery is like painting a wall, but lace making is like building a house.  You have to understand how to build a structure that won't fall apart.  The challenge is part of the fun.

I make lace because i am insainly addicted to it and have had such a curiosity not just for the lace but how the beautiful patterns are drawn out too, I love Bucks point (Bobbin lace) but my favourite needle lace has been Puncetto, I just admire the video with the woman sat by candle light doing yardage after yardage of it, starting with only needle and thread. Another needle lace i love and admire is Reticella, there seems to be many versions of it though so its a bit hard decribing which one it is that I like best. I have so many samples of Torchon , Bucks point and Puncetto done by me, none of it has mounted to much other than when I'm working on my lace at the market or in a public place, you would be so surprised at how many people come up to me and say "Bobbin lace" or "Needle lace" they seem to know about it but never have the time to do it, but often say they would LOVE to. When my children are grown I feel i could almost start a small group and with younger people too, I'm sure with the Puncetto you could make friendship bracelets and even rings out of the lace which would be of interest to younger people. I am doing a piece at the moment which is actually going to be long enough for a coat hanger, so I think this would make a wonderful gift for my mother, i will of course have to either knit or crochet a cover for the hanger itself so i can attach the lace underneath. So yes I think the lace I make could be used for gifts, you would never have a moment of 'what can i get this person' it would be something done with your own hands and time, it is something you so enjoy and is a great part of you, for males it could be their initials done in the lace for their office etc or cufflings, so to me it looks like i have quite a few projects to get on with, so I think the lace we do has a very important use, it says "I have been thinking about you while doing what I love best", what better way could you give a gift made from the heart.

Having a site like this is also a good incentive to keep on track with the lace when life gets a bit hectic.

I am fascinated by complex things being made from simple elements.  Like brickwork... the dimensions of a brick are standard and uninteresting, yet from hundreds of bricks arranged in creative ways we get all sorts of buildings--not just the structure of the buildings, but the decorative facades.  Needle lace is similar.  What could be simpler than a half-hitch?  Yet done over and over, in different groupings and directions, it produces an endless variety of stitches and textures. 

I also like the way that working all in one color opens the brain up in interesting ways to appreciate texture and pattern.  (Of course lace can be done colorfully, as the beautiful examples on this site show, but my personal bent is toward monochrome.) 

I also think that monochrome focuses on the lace aspect.

Well said Ma'am Agree to it completely.. doing something complicated and artistic is not only challenging but also somehow fulfilling

Lorelei Halley said:

For the satisfaction of making something complicated and beautiful.  I say that embroidery is like painting a wall, but lace making is like building a house.  You have to understand how to build a structure that won't fall apart.  The challenge is part of the fun.

well Gifting someone you are close to with HAND MADE stuff is a pleasant experience.. Joy of gifting is unparalleled :D

Selena Marie Joosten said:

I make lace because i am insainly addicted to it and have had such a curiosity not just for the lace but how the beautiful patterns are drawn out too, I love Bucks point (Bobbin lace) but my favourite needle lace has been Puncetto, I just admire the video with the woman sat by candle light doing yardage after yardage of it, starting with only needle and thread. Another needle lace i love and admire is Reticella, there seems to be many versions of it though so its a bit hard decribing which one it is that I like best. I have so many samples of Torchon , Bucks point and Puncetto done by me, none of it has mounted to much other than when I'm working on my lace at the market or in a public place, you would be so surprised at how many people come up to me and say "Bobbin lace" or "Needle lace" they seem to know about it but never have the time to do it, but often say they would LOVE to. When my children are grown I feel i could almost start a small group and with younger people too, I'm sure with the Puncetto you could make friendship bracelets and even rings out of the lace which would be of interest to younger people. I am doing a piece at the moment which is actually going to be long enough for a coat hanger, so I think this would make a wonderful gift for my mother, i will of course have to either knit or crochet a cover for the hanger itself so i can attach the lace underneath. So yes I think the lace I make could be used for gifts, you would never have a moment of 'what can i get this person' it would be something done with your own hands and time, it is something you so enjoy and is a great part of you, for males it could be their initials done in the lace for their office etc or cufflings, so to me it looks like i have quite a few projects to get on with, so I think the lace we do has a very important use, it says "I have been thinking about you while doing what I love best", what better way could you give a gift made from the heart.

Having a site like this is also a good incentive to keep on track with the lace when life gets a bit hectic.

I like monochrome work too :D

well It's not only interesting to see how a simple needle and thread can create stunning work of art .. It also keep your brain cells in prime condition :) there is a constant evolution be it pattern or stitches.. and when you create something beautiful and practically last for long.. it's like you are creating a peace of legacy 

Karen Roy said:

I am fascinated by complex things being made from simple elements.  Like brickwork... the dimensions of a brick are standard and uninteresting, yet from hundreds of bricks arranged in creative ways we get all sorts of buildings--not just the structure of the buildings, but the decorative facades.  Needle lace is similar.  What could be simpler than a half-hitch?  Yet done over and over, in different groupings and directions, it produces an endless variety of stitches and textures. 

I also like the way that working all in one color opens the brain up in interesting ways to appreciate texture and pattern.  (Of course lace can be done colorfully, as the beautiful examples on this site show, but my personal bent is toward monochrome.) 

I have done only tatting and Crochet 

trust me .. I have been asked much more harsher questions.. But my one standard answer always has been that I can't control the Creative Ideas flowing out of my head.. and in doing these stuff , I express myself freely

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