I’ve done a lot of thinking about where I am and what my goals are where my lace making is concerned.
First of all, I was the front runner in this Kingdom of doing the type of lace that I do. People were making exquisite examples of bobbin lace before I got here, but I was the first to start doing pulled and cut thread work in an SCA manner. People may have been doing hardanger on their own, in modern life, but as hardanger isn’t period (that exact style, as I’ve been able to find so far, but I’m still looking, so I might find something that shows different in the future), they weren’t doing it for SCA purposes. Since I’ve been here and entering in A&S competitions and teaching others about it, more people have been picking it up.
At this point, from what I know, four people (including myself) are doing the lace. Or at least have learned the rudiments of it (whether they continue working on it or not is up to them). There are at least 3 people outside my direct ‘sphere of influence’ (including two Laurels) who are thinking about taking this type of lacework up. (One of these Mistresses I know for a fact was directly influenced from the first A&S competition I entered out here. She doesn’t remember that it was me who displayed my beginner sampler, but yesterday she told me she saw somebody display something two years ago at Candlemas and that’s what got her interested. It’s kind of satisfying seeing how my work is inspiring others.) And there are a handful of people in my Barony who are waiting for me to start classes back up so they can learn.
I have given away two handkerchiefs and a napkin. One of the handkerchiefs was a pulled thread/cutwork handkerchief, and it was for a prize for a big event out here I wasn’t even going to (and didn’t get a thank you for… *Shrugs* Oh well). The other handkerchief was the flamingo handkerchief posted in the last post. And the napkin was for a ‘prize chest’ for our Candlemas a year ago.
There is a little bit of stuff that’s gone out. And I’ve displayed or entered a bunch of A&S competitions with my lace, so people are getting more exposure to it. I really think it’s due to my entering in competitions, and teaching classes, that has gotten more interest in this type of lace.
I really want to get more interest in this type of lace. Spread the
addiction joy. That kind of thing.
So, I’ve decided on a bunch of projects. This is probably a 2 or 3 year plan in getting everything done. First, I’m going to make a few bookmarks that have a square of reticello in it (only one square so they will be quick to get done). These I’m going to give away at A&S competitions for people who make uber spiffy stuff. I want to get at least three of these done before Kingdom A&S in two weeks.
Next, I’m going to finish the project I’m working on now, and, if it turns out good, I’ll make it into a pouch, to give to my Laurel. Then I want to make a few handkerchiefs, of varying difficulty (some relatively easy, some more difficult) to give away for various uses (like prizes for competitions, largess baskets, things like that). Finally, I want to do a specific lace handkerchief as a reproduction piece.
I’m sure there will be other lace projects as well. I need to finish making the set of napkins out of the cut work (have two done). Then Conall was wondering if I would do something on a table cloth (no, NOT a whole tablecloth of lace, but inthe corners of it with some reticello elements). A few things like that. There’s some things I want to do for the reticello in a modern sense too. I want to make a few samplers and frame it (with nice mats, a contrasting color under the lace, that kind of thing) and see if I can’t sell it as ‘art’.
So, I’ve got a bunch of things to do. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue to do well with the lace. Because, if I can’t, well, then all my plans are for nothing.