Project made at IOLI convention to learn various stitches. Gold nugget is in the bottom left.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 2, 2010 at 8:06pm
Yes, the trees are great. Interesing to see how different threads, and different stitches give a whole new look to things.
Experimenting is great fun! I am a bit of an Old Fashioned Square, but still get outside of my comfort zone occasionally!!! I Really enjoy seeing other peoples experiments, too.
My ancestors came from farming areas in England, which was also one of the lacemaking areas, so they had to fit in both lots of work!
Comment by Janice Blair on July 2, 2010 at 7:45pm
Not a real one otherwise our kit would have cost more than $10. There was no mention of any of the women making lace, too busy just trying to survive in a mans world. One woman was fined for wearing trousers! She earned the nickname of Madam Pantaloon. I think that was in San Francisco. I loved the texture of the trees.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 2, 2010 at 7:38pm
Oh! Is the nugget a Real one - or a bead or what. It looks very good, anyway!
The women of those days were Really tough weren't they?
I remember the story of the Gold and silver rush at the Denver IOLI conventuion, and there are some pretty good stories over here about the Gold rush era. One wonders, sometimes, how they survived, and managed to make beautiful lace as well!!!
Comment by Janice Blair on July 2, 2010 at 9:00am
Thank you. Nancy Evans also read to us from a book about the women of the goldrush as we worked. It was such a relaxing class once I mastered each stitch. It also gave us an opportunity to work with different size threads. The treeline at the top of my lake was very thin thread to me. She also supplied the nugget.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 1, 2010 at 9:26pm
Well done, Janice. I love the little gold nugget. (Pity is isn't a real one!!)
That has given you quite a selection of stitches, and made the learning of them interesting, as you formed the picture. Very nice, and you should feel well pleased with yourself.

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