It's been a long time since I worked on any lace.  Actually, almost since I posted my last blog post.  I have found that life just seems to get busy on me, and I get distracted with other art projects, commissions, and work. I was feeling particularly rotten the other day and just wanted to work on something for me, so I picked up this long neglected piece and decided to keep at it.  I'm excited to get started on something other than couching, but I'm a little ways from that.  I have this glorious silk thread that I'll be using and I can't wait to use it!  Though I'm not sure about the color.  Right now it's kind of a sunflower gold, and I'm not sure if that goes with a moon.  I may buy some other color.  Haven't decided yet though.  

Anyway, since this is technically my second piece, we'll see how it goes!  I had to throw it in the embroidery hoop because it was just starting to get a little too much for my hand to handle.  It's seemed to work out quite well for the couching so I may use my embroidery stand in the future with the cloth tacked down.  Anything to make my life easier.  

I'm open to suggestions, comments, concerns, criticisms.  I'm here to learn!

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Comment by Leslie Edens on January 14, 2016 at 3:01pm

Awesome =)  Glad to know it's appropriate for needle lace.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 14, 2016 at 2:59pm

I have used Sulky cotton quilting thread for needle lace. the colors are beautiful.

Comment by Teri Dow on January 14, 2016 at 1:53pm
A woman after my own heart!! I adore such vibrant autumnal colours and certainly wouldn't be able to walk past and not buy.....never used rayon myself and it might well behave better than actual silk which can slip and slide. Be interested to know how it performs, so do keep us updated. For stitches, I'd have a look at the THeresa de Dillmont Encyclopedia. The link may be in "stitches", or use the search engine on NLT To locate it,
Comment by Leslie Edens on January 14, 2016 at 1:44pm

This is the thread I have on hand that I was originally thinking of using.  It's quite a bit smaller than the thread I used in my first project, but I liked the color and had bought it on a whim.    http://www.sulky.com/catalog/sub/sulky-40-wt-rayon-thread-orange-ye...

Comment by Teri Dow on January 14, 2016 at 1:32pm
That's so weird, I was only just looking at your blog again and your comment popped up. Be interesting to see the thread your contemplating using - hint hint!
Comment by Leslie Edens on January 14, 2016 at 1:29pm

Heh, you and me both!  I've been trying to decide on that as well.

Comment by Teri Dow on January 14, 2016 at 2:38am
Hi Leslie, an interesting design. Looking forward to seeing what stitches you use.
Comment by Leslie Edens on January 13, 2016 at 11:10pm

Yeah, I have a pillow for when the couching is done, but since I have to go through the base I have to be able to get behind it.  I have to finish sewing the pillow, but it won't take but a few quick passes on the sewing machine.  

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 13, 2016 at 10:40pm

Another solution to the problem of a piece too large for comfort in the hand is to use a pillow. I have seen both bolster shaped pillows and domed mushroom shaped ones.  This pinboard has some showing the working setup for a pillow.

https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/needle-lace-working-setup-an... 

This album has quite a few.   http://needlelacetalk.ning.com/photo/albums/working-setup 

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