"My first contact with Luba was in 1970 when I made my first visit to Czechoslovakia. I am a retired university art professor who had a studio of over 50 looms. Because I am half Czech I became excited about Luba's work. I wrote to her and…"
"Thanks very much for the lead on this text, Devon. I'll see if I can get a copy through ILL.
I have a catalogue for an exhibition La Dentelle tcheque: de L'Art Deco a nos jours. It was from an exhibition at the Brussels Royal…"
"Thanks for the suggestion, which sounds like the way I've worked out many of my quilts on a flannel "wall".
At the moment, I'm working "in the open", on a tapestry loom.
I've examined Krejci's works as…"
"Working large presents all sorts of challenges. Robin Lewis Wild made a huge wall hanging in bobbin lace to hang in the lobby of the Tennessee Valley Authority. It had to be installed with a crane. I read a description of the process some years ago,…"
I'm thinking about how you will be working on large wall hanging or mural size pieces. Thirty years ago I bought some ethafoam (polyethylene) sheets from a manufacturer in Chicago. They were 4 feet by 8 feet by 2 inches thick, and have a…"
"Thanks so much for this information, Devon! I've ordered the catalogue for Krejci's retrospective show from ILL, but it'll be weeks before it arrives. In the meantime, I've put myself through something of a crash-course in lace…"
"I checked the catalogue of the Cooper-Hewitt and their Krejci piece is actually bobbin lace. But the piece that has been attached, Luba's horsewoman, is said to be "nitak" something the artist invented herself. There is another Krejci…"
"Thanks for the prompt, thorough and encouraging response, Lorelei! It's especially helpful to learn that one distinctive characteristic of linen, it's "hairiness", can be used to advantage in freeform work: to produce secure…"
I prefer linen for bobbin lace and I have also used it for needlelace. Linen is just a tad hairy and varies in thickness slightly along its length, and I like both of those characteristics. I say this because many lacemakers don't like…"
I'm a devotee of the remarkable needle lace work of the Czech artist Luba Krejci (example attached). The few descriptions of her work I've been able to find indicate that she worked with linen cord. I'm only familiar with linen for knitting and crochet - which softens - and also linen for warping looms - which is pretty stiff stuff. Krejci's pieces were stretched as wall hangings. I'm hoping to use here techniques (or what I can glean from images) to make a few hangings of my own.Can anyone…See More
Your interest in expanding your fiber repertory is entirely welcome. Our BEGINNERS group is for those of us learning the basics. But most of us are thinking in terms of quasi-traditional use of the technique. There still might be some…"
"Thanks for the kind welcoome, Lorelei.
As an experienced knitter for years, I've taken my work to sculptural knitting and crochet; I've been fortunate to have been exhibited in four shows in the past year. Lately I've been working in…"
Your interest in expanding your fiber repertory is entirely welcome. Our BEGINNERS group is for those of us learning the basics. But most of us are thinking in terms of quasi-traditional use of the technique. There still might be some asistance from that group that you would find useful.
Our CONTEMPORARY group is for those who are designing their own pieces. Again we are mostly quasi-traditional, not making exact copies of antique laces but using the old methods. Some of our members in that group have tried 3 dimensional work, which might be more in line with your interests.
Join the groups and start asking questions.
Welcome. Please understand that this network is for pure needle lace, not knitted lace. Please go to NOTES and read the first 2, titled LACES INCLUDED and HOW THE SOFTWARE WORKS. If you have any trouble figuring out the software, contact me and I'll try to help.