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Monday, 6 July 2009

finished at last

I did it just in time - I finished the bobbin lace fan. I was rather worried about putting the lace to the base, because in the instructions I found in an old issue of the german "kloeppelverband"it all looked quite complicated. but eventually I decided to just put my used pricking (covered with sticky plastic) onto the lace pillow and fix the fan "arms" with pins. I used cotton buds to spread wood glue thinly and pressed down the lace - that was it. as long as you make sure that all the arms are spread properly, it's all straightforward. just don't do as I did and follow the advice to press the fan together after all this - or at least wait longer than 3-4 hours - or the lace might stick to the back as well as the front:(( I had a major panic attack, but managed to loosen it all again after a bit of fiddling! if I hadn't noticed the recipient of the fan would probably have looked rather bemused to take out a fan that only opens halfway...
so this is it - my first lace fan:
I am off for a week now - and my special bobbin lace callus has time to soften up again:))

9 comments:

Dorothy said...

Oh, how beautiful!

Delighted Hands said...

Just stunning! I am amazed at your work!

Guzzisue said...

beautiful, I've never tried to do a fan, must add it to the list:-)I have a set of fan sticks somewhere amongst my stash.

Jenny said...

Oh WOW! Just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hallo Bettina,
gefällt mir sehr gut dein Fächer.
Siehe meine PM an dich.
Gruß
Juliana

Leigh said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I am soooo impressed!

Woolly Bits said...

back from germany - and my mum was delighted about the fan - wich of course makes me happy as well:)) the only downside: she thinks it's too precious to use....off to new things:))

Helen said...

I am not surprised your mother thinks it is too good to use-it is beautiful. Wow I am the virtual equivalent of quite speechless!
I just love the pattern.

Jana said...

Unglaublich! So etwas Filigranes!Wunderschön!
Herzliche Grüße
Jana