Loretta Holzberger
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  • Puyallup, WA
  • United States
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Loretta Holzberger commented on Lynette Hale's photo
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Aemilia Ars lace for box lid.

"A beautiful piece and so well done.  Do share a picture of the finished box later when you have it all finished "
Feb 9
Loretta Holzberger commented on Lorelei Halley's group Oya-Bebilla-Turkish-Armenian-Mediterranean knotted needlelace
"Handy Hands Tatting at www.hhtatting.com carries lots of brands of thread, but my favorite from them is Lizbeth which comes in #40 as well as many other sizes and a vast selection of colors and shaded colors.  "
Mar 17, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion choosing thread in the group point de gaze
"Let your needle dangle often to get the kinks out.  With finer threads, I knot my thread to the needle so it does not drop off when I dangle the needle and thread.  To knot a thread to the needle, first thread it.  Then with about 3…"
Mar 17, 2016
Loretta Holzberger commented on Lorelei Halley's group Oya-Bebilla-Turkish-Armenian-Mediterranean knotted needlelace
"I don't know what type of thread you are using, but cotton works better than most.  A #30 or #40 crochet cotton works very well.  Then you need to snug each knot up tight.  It should be difficult to try to un-stitch or untie.…"
Mar 16, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion choosing thread in the group point de gaze
"It is my own diagram.  Feel free to add it to the stitch diagrams with credit.  I have a bunch more diagrams too.  How can I get them to you, Lorelei for use in the albums?  "
Mar 16, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion choosing thread in the group point de gaze
"I can't seem to get myself to do "needle away" for the plain buttonhole stitch, but for the twisted stitch, once I learned to do it this way, it seems the easiest for me.  "
Mar 16, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion choosing thread in the group point de gaze
"I'm attaching a stitch diagram.  I like doing the twisted stitch working with the needle away from me.  The example shows the Alençon ground where the return is whipped.  But for Point de Gaze, the return from right to…"
Mar 15, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion choosing thread in the group point de gaze
"Yes, couch with regular sewing thread.   Practice the stitches with heavier threads first.  When they feel comfortable, move down to a finer thread. Between the practice with the Gutterman silk, next try the ground with your 80/2.…"
Mar 15, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion choosing thread in the group point de gaze
"I often use tatting thread for the cordonette.  Anything close to that in weight would work just fine."
Mar 15, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion First attempt in the group point de gaze
"As Paula said, your stitches are very even, and it sure does not look like a first try.  For the double brussels  spacing the rows further apart would give you a more open, airy look.  This is probably what you would want for that…"
Mar 10, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion choosing thread in the group point de gaze
"Yes, Guttermann marked S303 is the one.  It is rather similar in weight to the Maderia 30/2 quilting thread. They are both a little heavier than sewing thread which is usually about 50 weight.  As the number goes up, the weight goes down,…"
Mar 8, 2016
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dee K's discussion choosing thread in the group point de gaze
"Point de Gaze is a very delicate lace, usually made with very fine threads.  I've done some projects with 80/2 Egyptian cotton or similar weight for the design elements and 120/2 Egyptian cotton for the net.  I know finer would look…"
Mar 8, 2016
Loretta Holzberger commented on Lorelei Halley's group point de gaze
"And here is the point de gaze design finished.  "
Nov 17, 2015
Loretta Holzberger commented on Lorelei Halley's group point de gaze
"Your little piece is beautiful.  Like mine, your reseau is not perfect, but still looks good.  Here is the finished piece of Alençon from the patterns I posted.  As you can see, there is nothing perfect about my reseau either.…"
Nov 17, 2015
Loretta Holzberger commented on Lorelei Halley's group point de gaze
"Ah, the pictures came up when I clicked on add comment.  "
Nov 16, 2015
Loretta Holzberger commented on Lorelei Halley's group point de gaze
"After spending many years always working with my needle pointing toward me, I finally learned to do twisted stitch with the needle pointing away from me.  For me it works better.  One thing I do to help make my stitches even is to print a…"
Nov 16, 2015

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What kind of needle lace do you make, and how long have you been making it?
Gros pt de Venise, Point de Gaze, basic, over 30 years
What kind or kinds of needle lace do you want to learn?
all kinds
Tell us about your other lace related interests.
Enjoy studying the history of lace, do some tatting, and lots of dimensional embroidery
Your website (you can leave this blank):
http://www.lorettascustomstitchery.com

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At 4:32pm on April 23, 2015, Jean Bowen said…

I would love to have the pattern,how kind of you. My e-mail is jeanbdrinkstone@gmail.com

Many thanks,Jean

At 10:21pm on January 22, 2015, Lorelei Halley said…

Loretta - I greatly enjoyed your article on Alencon in the recent IOLI Bulletin. I would be very happy to have it here as well, as you did with the Halas lesson. Or perhaps after the 2nd part has appeared in the Bulletin. That style does seem to collect more interest than most antique styles of needle lace, except for gros point and point de gaze. So it would be great to have your instructions readily available for English speakers.

At 2:39pm on May 11, 2014, Lorelei Halley said…

Loretta

I enjoyed your article in the spring IOLI Bulleton. Your experiments with parchment are especially useful. I have heard recent questions about using it in another online network. I think you are the only person who actually tried it.

At 11:13am on February 15, 2014, Florencia Moore said…

I definetly will. Thank you for your help, I will post some pictures as I go along, I really appreciate your help, thank you!

At 1:51pm on February 14, 2014, Florencia Moore said…

Thank you! The size of it is 3 in x 5 in. I have not stitched it, I'm in the process of couching on the base, I will post pictures as I go along~ they don't have many threads available in my area, so I will use DMC Cotton Perle for the outline and common cotton sewing thread for the motifs and background and see how it works out... 

At 6:11pm on January 14, 2013, Lorelei Halley said…

Loretta

I deleted Stacy from our membership.  Sorry that such an annoying person got past me.

At 2:27pm on September 14, 2012, Lorelei Halley said…

Loretta, I want to thank you for commenting and answering questions for our beginners.  Your active participation and helpfulness are a real gift to our community.  And your skill in several forms of needle lace is worth celebrating.

At 3:05pm on April 6, 2012, Lorelei Halley said…

Loretta

Congratulations on your beautiful bracelet article in the IOLI Bulletin.  That is such a beautiful piece.

At 6:40pm on January 9, 2012, Nora Finnegan said…

Hi Loretta,

The only thing I can suggest is that you get a taxi from  Killarney to Kenmare. It would cost you about 50 Euro.

Regards,

Nora

At 6:11pm on January 9, 2012, Nora Finnegan said…

Hi Loretta,

The Kenmare Lace and Design Centre is normally closed on Sundays, however, I will be delighted to open it for you on the Sunday assuming nothing else gets in the way. I have nothing in the diary at the moment so I should be ok.  Please email me on info@kenmarelace.ie nearer to the time so we can arrange a time etc. 

Looking forward to meeting you,

Regards,

Nora

 
 
 

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