Old Lace and New

Learn how to make this delicate #lace edging!For years before I began working at Interweave, the lace issue of PieceWork sent shivers up my spine–so much beauty in one magazine seemed almost decadent. In the past, knitted lace got most of my attention as I thumbed through the magazine, partly because lace knitting is one of my favorite activities, and partly because I hadn’t learned the other lacemaking methods. Now it’s time to broaden my horizons, expanding my knitting repertoire and learning some new techniques (since I don’t have enough hobbies already).

This year’s lace issue offers many inspirations. Within the realm of knitting, it’s time to nupp; Nancy Bush’s Estonian designs have been on my radar for too long without ever making it onto my needles. Maybe I can size down her Leaf and Nupp Shawl into a narrow scarf without sacrificing its beauty. It’s also time to make Galina Khmeleva’s Orenburg pillow: a small project like this one will provide great practice and make a terrific gift for someone who doesn’t have 8 cats in her house. (Lace pillows and cats–bad combination. Ask me how I know.)

Why practice Orenburg knitting? I’ll be offering an online workshop through CraftU starting June 23 and ending July 14. If you’ve never knitted Orenburg lace, or any lace, Galina’s sampler will develop your skills with a small, border-free project, and I’ll provide online support throughout the class.

Beyond my old loves, I want to meet some other techniques. Crochet might finally have seduced me, after years of resistance. For months, I’ve wanted to pick up tatting, and the breathtaking vintage sample at the end of this year’s lace issue has finally pushed me over the edge. Georgia Seitz, master tatter, teaches tatting with shuttles and needles in her DVD courses.

If looking at so much lace seemed decadent, imagine how I’ll feel when I can actually make so much of it, in so many different ways.