My name is Yvette and I am a New Zealand lacemaker. I started making bobbin lace in 2010, and since then it has become my passion.
My interest in lacemaking was sparked when I was still in primary school. Whilst on a family holiday to Franschhoek in South Africa, we visited a local lacemaker. He was kind enough to show me how to do cloth stitch and half stitch and I was even allowed to work a few stitches on the beautiful Torchon mat that he had on his lace pillow.
I was mesmerised, and so started a life long love affair with bobbin lace. That Christmas my parents gave me a copy of Ann Collier’s The Art of Lacemaking.
At the time lacemaking supplies were not readily available in South Africa, and this was before the advent of the internet. So, my dream to become a lacemaker was put on hold. But I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very creative family – we quilted, knitted, crocheted and did woodturning. So, my love of handmade things was nurtured from a very early age.
When I moved to New Zealand 18 years ago, I started collecting books about lacemaking in all earnest. Then in 2010 I went along to a meeting of our local lace group and I finally started making bobbin lace (rather than just reading about it and collecting books about it!)
I was fortunate enough to learn from some very experienced lacemakers who were very generous in sharing their knowledge, time and resources.
My lacemaking journey so far has included making Flanders, Binche, Bucks Point, Tonder, Chantilly, Torchon, Bedfordshire and Idrija.
There are some excellent technique books available, and lacemakers are spoilt for choice with the variety of lacemaking books and magazines on offer. But I realised soon enough in my lacemaking journey that sometimes it is easier to understand a particular technique if someone demonstrates it to you.
Some things (like winding a bobbin, making a half hitch, working a footside edge, laying in a new bobbin when your thread runs out) made so much more sense to me when someone showed me how to do it. As a beginner I found these things quite daunting! And so was born the idea of this website and blog.
I feel so blessed to have learnt from the kind and generous lacemakers that I have met over the last eight years. I would love to pay it forward by posting some videos and tips about things that might be useful to anyone interested in learning how to make lace.
I hope you enjoy my website and blog – let’s lace!
Just read your guidelines about pricking a pattern and think it so good. I make lace since 1976 and still do. In fact Monday there is a lady coming all the way from Japan to my place in The Netherlands. She asked for lessons in Withof-Duchesse lace. I was a student myself at Sister Judith every 6 weeks from 1980 until she died in 2013.
Wish you lots of fun while lacemaking and sharing your knoledge.
Thank you for your kind words Riet. It is great to receive encouragement from someone with your years of experience.
Yvonne, your blog site is a “must read” for all lacemakers, and I’ve just sent the link to all the members of a small internet chat group I manage for Australian lacemakers. I first saw mention of your site on Facebook’s Bobbin Lace Makers site, and now look forward to your weekly blog.
Hi Noelene. Thank you for your kind comments and for sharing the link.
Yvette, are you aware of books by Australian authors like Lace from the Australian Bush by Jenny Rees, or recently Dreamcatcher Lace by Christie Wareham-Norfolk. There are reviews of these books at http://www.lacegumnuts.com.
Yes, love their work – the patterns are beautiful. And I love the Lacegumnuts website – a great resource!
My sincere apologies, Yvette, for my typo in my message just sent in calling you “Yvonne”.
No worries Noelene 🙂
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