Showing posts with label bobbin lace conversions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bobbin lace conversions. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm Back....and I bring a challenge!!

Hello...hello...hello!!!!!  I know, I have been away far too long (had...and still have...a few new, serious health issues to deal with) and I promised at the beginning of 2012 there would be some new things to play with so although I'm a wee bit behind, I'll be writing again and sharing my journey through the wonderful world of parchment craft!!!

I had a lot of things "in the fire", so to speak, and they all need finishing up, so I can share them with all of you.  In the meantime, here is a little project to keep you busy :))  

Springtime Flowers Fan  


Today is the first day of Spring, so what better project than some spring flowers popping their little heads above ground!!  The inspiration for this fan came from bobbin lace, which I dearly love.  Below is a detailed view of my work.

Fan Detail  

CHALLENGE!!  WHO IS UP FOR A CHALLENGE?????   Awwwwww, come on now, I said up at the beginning that this would be a little something to keep you busy!!!!  lol

Springtime Flowers Fan Pattern
Okie dokie, here we go!!!  I LOVE CHALLENGES!!! :))  Everyone can see I chose white work as the technique for my fan.  My fan is also a full A4 size wall decoration.  The CHALLENGE is:  Download the FREE fan pattern and do whatever your heart desires from it.  When complete, either send a photo/scan back here, to me, OR some of you may find it easier to post to Facebook and I will download it from there and share it with all my wonderful blog followers right here in the Guest Gallery!!!  

Now, my challenges are not a competition so there is nothing to win.  It's simply a chance to take a break from 'other' things and take part in a self challenge using a pattern with absolutely no instructions!!!!!

Enjoy and have some fun....

Happy Parching,




Monday, July 11, 2011

Parchment Craft - Gypsy Collection

Oh oh, it's been nearly a full month since my last post and it's surely way past time for a new one :))  I have finished the second (actually the third!!) of the Gypsy Collection and here it is.  Not quite as 'eye catching' as the first one, nevertheless, it has it's own merits and it is a very definite part of their culture :))

 The Shawl - Gypsy Collection

Now, I made another one quite awhile ago that is also a part of this collection and I'll share that one now, as well......I had forgotten about it when I wrote my last post....oops!!!

 A New Life - Gypsy Collection
So, we now have three lovely gypsy ladies, each representing something that's part of their daily lives and culture.  The next installment of this collection will come along sometime soon.....in between all those other things I'm always challenging myself to do!!

Happy Parching,


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More.....Bobbin Lace To Parchment Craft

Well let's see.....I have my "Sampler Challenge" done so while all you beautiful people are busy making your "Sampler" I thought I'd make a return visit to another of my favorite things to convert to parchment craft.....all the 'thread laces'.

We have (amongst others) crochet, tatting, filet crochet, bobbin lace, Russian lace to name only a few.  This A4 Wall Decoration is a conversion from bobbin lace and I truly find much pleasure in making these projects.  They make perfect wall decorations and quite often you can make a very nice 'collection' of pieces that all are similar to one another.  There will be additions to this "Gypsy Woman" piece and when I have all of them done it will be a very nice "Gypsy" themed collection!!

"Gypsy Woman" - A4 Wall Decoration  
I'm not going to say how many pieces there will be in the "Gypsy" collection, but I will say there will be quite a few, so stay tuned because I'll be sharing them (in between other projects, of course!!) over the next weeks/months :))

Happy Parching,
 


Friday, March 4, 2011

One More Time.....For Lace Conversions!!

I've had several readers contact me asking for a more specific mini tutorial on the last post with the three vintage ladies.  I'm always happy to oblige (whenever I can, that is!!) and the problem appears to be this:  "How do we know how to follow one specific "lace thread" when we're making the lace on the project?"  I believe the best way I can answer that question is to provide an image with each "lace thread" in  one section of the gown, in a different color so you can follow it visually and hopefully that will help  better understand what I am instructing when I say follow one "lace thread" from beginning to end, in one section at a time!!


























 
























Okay, click your mouse on each step, to enlarge it a bit, so you can see the different colors for the different "lace threads".  Until you get the hang of things, you will have to look very closely, in the sample I've created, for the color of each step.  Now, I have only provided the sample for one section of the gown but once you understand the process/theory behind lace conversions you will easily be able to proceed on to the other sections of the gown, the bodice and the sleeves.  The color "lace thread" you will be looking for in each step is the color of the step number!!  (Step 1.....Step 2.....Step 3.....Step 4)

My suggestion, until you get the 'feel' of things, is to take a piece of scrap parchment paper and practice a couple of times on that.  Do the four practice steps SLOWLY and you should be ready to tackle the 'real' project after that :))  The one thing to always remember when making a lace conversion to parchment is:  you only really need the image OUTLINE (Step 1) because from there you create your own "lace threads" in any manner you choose, however, you must always remember to make only one complete "lace thread" at a time, from beginning to end, and then move on to the next "lace thread".  When all the 'lace' has been completed, the remainder of the project can be completed according to the pattern.

I hope I've done a better job with this breakdown and more specific explanation for those  who have had difficulty making the pattern I provided in the previous post.  As always.....if you have questions.....contact me :)) 

Happy Parching,


Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Return to Lace Conversions

Hi everyone,

I have been away from my duties here on my blog a wee bit longer than I had planned but you'll soon see why!!! It seems the lace conversions to parchment craft have become the highest ranked post so we'll spend a little time with that topic once again this time around :))



Now, these three large wall decorations are a set and each project is a FULL A4 sheet of parchment paper!!!  When hung properly on the wall, the two outside Victorian ladies are facing toward the center lady, who is facing forward.  Each of the borders is based upon the very same foundation design but is completed very different from each of the other two. 

First of all, let me say any pattern/design can easily be made to have a "thread lace" look to it!!  After all, our beloved art/craft is often called "paper lace". When you find  parchment patterns of Vintage ladies (or if you already have a stash of them!!) that require lots of grid work on the gown areas.....simply convert those instructions to the "lace work embossing" that make gowns look like fabric lace!!  That's all there is to it.......REALLY :)) 

Well now, you say.....how in the world do we do that??  We're not designers!!  You don't have to be a designer.....all you need to know is how to do something on the foundation pattern other than what the original instructions tell you to do.  Having said that, let's get down to business and put the words to task!!!

Here is the pattern we will be working with.  As you can see, it is one of the ladies in my collection above!!  Simply click on the image and save it to a place you can easily find it again on your computer.   Please bear in mind that most times when converting from one craft technique to another, it is usually wise to make the conversion into a wall decoration project and when printing out the pattern always make the LARGER of the two dimensions between 8 - 9 inches....in this case you will want the height of the lady to be between 8 and 9 inches.  This will leave enough room all around the pattern itself for a border/frame....as I have done with my ladies above.  Of course, you can also simply make the Victorian lady and mount it on a quality backing paper and frame it by itself and not even have to be concerned with a border.  The other option you have is to make a half fold card (8.5 x 5.5 inches) and for this you would want to print your pattern out at approximately 7.5 X 3.5 inches and this would allow for enough room for a border of your choosing. 

Now, let's concentrate on the wall decoration size first.  Print the pattern out at the dimensions stated above.  Then wipe down both sides of your parchment paper with a tumble dryer sheet. and set aside.  Now is the time for you to decide if you want to make a border on your project.  If you do, you will need to make all the necessary adjustments in it's width and length to accommodate the full A4 size of your lady.  This may be a task you might want to attempt on later on because it can become a frustrating challenge!!  However, for those who do want to put a border on this time, there are two ways to do that.  You can either make a freestanding border and attach it seperately, or.....it can be made as one solid piece, attached to the lady, as I have made mine.  Either way, it will most definitely be a challenge.  Next,secure the pattern to the parchment paper with low tack tape to secure everything together for easier tracing.  Using your preferred method of tracing, carefully and very slowly, trace the pattern to the parchment paper......including the border, if you have chosen to include one of your choice.  **TIP:  While tracing, do not wander all around the pattern.  Trace all your "outline" lines and then move to the inside areas and follow the direction on ONE particular "lace thread" until it ends.  Begin again on another "lace thread" and follow it to it's end. and so forth until your tracing is complete.  Remember to do the very same technique when you begin embossing**  The tools required for this particular project are various sizes of embossing ball tools, 2 needle perforating tool and scissors/snips.  When the tracing is complete, remove parchment paper from the pattern, flip parchment over, place on embossing mat and with the appropriate size embossing ball tool, emboss the outline lines ONLY.  These are the lines that are going to be cut later in the process so depending on how wide you prefer those lines be for your cutting, is the size embossing tool you will use.  The "lace thread" lines will be made next with a smaller size embossing ball tool and will NOT be cut.  **Refer to the completed lady at the top of this post for a visual of these instructions**  Okay, for those of you who really, really like a challenge......the "lace thread" areas may be cut with a good quality scalpel if you so desire, however, although I love a good challenge, even I will forgo that one!!!!!  As you can easily see now, converting a thread lace pattern to parchment is totally embossing and your embossing ball tools (all sizes) will always get a very thorough work out :))  When all the various size embossing is complete it is then time for the perforating (with the two needle perforating tool) and cutting (with the scissors or snips).  When you begin the cutting, I strongly advise beginning with the border (if you are using one) and work your way toward the project center.  As with most things in parchment craft, take your time with the cutting as there will be bridges that will be thin and very fragile.  For those who choose not to have a border around the lady.....I advise cutting from the inside out....again working slowly on the bridges so they do not break.

For everyone who simply wants to give this conversion technique a try on a half fold card, everything is the same process EXCEPT the size you print the pattern out for the tracing.  Refer to the measurements given earlier and proceed!!  

If you have questions, feel free to contact me :))

Happy Parching.....


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bobbin Lace to Parchment Craft

Hi everyone,

Well, the holidays have come and gone and now it's time to get back to parching....and crafting of any kind, for that matter!!!  I am looking forward to sharing more of my parchment craft techniques this year so thought I'd begin with something I found to be very enjoyable...and quite challenging...last year.  

As we all know, other crafts are often converted to a craft totally outside their original beginnings.  With enough determination and lots and lots of patience we can, most times, turn many of the thread lace crafts into beautiful parchment projects.  I have shared several parchment pieces I made in 2010 that were lace conversions to parchment and to begin 2011 I wanted to start the New Year off with yet another beautiful piece.  It is 8" X 8" and perfect for framing and given to that someone special as a keepsake to hand down to generations to come!!

Hand crafted bobbin lace CONVERTED to Parchment Craft

For those of you who might also partake in any of these crafts:  crochet, tatting, bobbin lace and any of the many, many other lace making techniques....a good portion of the patterns from those crafts can be converted to parchment craft.  Bear in mind, however, converting is a very labor AND time intensive undertaking!!   This project took me a full week to complete and I do not advise making any converted lace project smaller than 5" X 7" finished size.  The project above is, quite truthfully, the smallest I will go (8 inches X 8 inches) and the majority of my other completed lace conversions are all a full sheet of parchment paper in size.  These can all be viewed from my "Gallery" tab at the top of my blog.....or in earlier posts, if you are inclined to dig into the archives!!

Happy New Year......it's time to get back to our beloved parching!!!!!

Hugs to all,
Vickie

Friday, October 22, 2010

A small milestone....some interesting info....some photos!!!

Hi everyone,

Well let's see.....first I have reached another small milestone here on my blog and I want to share it with all of you AND I thank each and every one for helping me achieve it!!  I am now over 20,000 blog hits BUT it's been difficult to gather them up recently because a rather unsavory web site has been helping themselves to content from right here on my blog and when they do that they are also stealing the counts for the visitors who come here.  I've filed all the appropriate legal copyright infringement documents and now it's a matter of hurry up and wait to see what will happen to the 'unsavory' site that steals the work of others.

A dear, fellow blogger is also going through the same unfortunate experience and recently posted an article, on her blog, titled "Copyright and Parching" which is  a very informative and an  excellent read, so please go on over and become informed on this very controversial issue.  

While doing a bit of computer 'housecleaning' today I got a bit carried away and felt it was time to change the background here on the blog too, so although the change isn't all that drastic, it is a bit different in that it reflects the season we are now coming into and the cold months ahead......in the part of the world I live in, that is!!!  

And finally, for this time, I'm sharing a variety of photos of some of my recent work and I hope you enjoy.  

 These two projects are actually bobbin lace patterns that I've converted to parchment craft.  It's quite fun to challenge yourself occasionally and see what other crafts will adapt to parchment craft/pergamano.  

If anyone would like to give this a try just do a search for 'bobbin lace' and you will find a lot of beautiful, and interesting, sites that will inspire you to the challenge!!  


Here I have made one of the kimonos in Kannikar Sukseree's newest pattern pack and I have mounted it in two completely different ways.  We often mount and frame our work in a way that 'we' like it to be in, however, if you play around with your work and lay it on backing papers and surround it with different frames you can see first hand how totally different the same piece of work will look in another environment!! 

Now, this kimono has the same foundation as the two above, however, this one is made using MY technique of printing on parchment!!  Converting a pure parchment project into one of my own techniques is always a challenge but when I see something that presents itself as the perfect environment for printing on parchment I just 'have' to give it a try....lol  BTW, my kimonos are a full sheet of parchment paper, in size.

It was time for me to add some new items to my stash of parchment for men and here are the two new cards I have added to that collection!!  You will notice the grid border on the majority of my "men" cards is the same.....it's very difficult to make parchment cards for men without them appearing to be a wee bit on the feminine side so my options for grid borders are most often extremely limited.  To date though, every parchment card I have made to fulfill a special commission has been appreciated very much by the male recipient :)) 

I would like to remind everyone that my book is currently at a 25%  discount and is the perfect Christmas gift for the parchers who already have everything else!!.....or, for the parchers who love the challenge of learning some new techniques.  Just click on the previous post and you'll be taken directly to the purchase page.....and thanks!

One more note.....Please come by my web site and take advantage of some very special discounts that will be in effect the whole month of November!!  The price changes have been made but will not appear until November 1st thru November 31, 2010 so come on by and make a list of what you might like to purchase when the holiday sale begins :))

Hugs to all,
Vickie