Of course, now I am all jittery, but being able to breathe is well worth the cost . . .
However, asthmatic bronchitis was not the only thing I brought back from Pennsic. What I brought was a new hobby to add to my other interests (in my copious spare time, as you know).
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have learned how to make reticella. God help us all!
I have to say, needle lace does not go as fast as I thought, especially compared to the speed in which I can work on any of my other embroidery projects. I imagine that eventually I will get to the point in which my needle will fly trough the ground fabric. But until now, slow and steady wins the race.
This first project is a simple handkerchief with a small lace motif in a corner. I figured that starting small is the way to go. It is not as perfect as I would have liked, but it looks pretty darned good for being a first project.
Of course, at this point I believe that starting with an 80/2 thread was a bit too ambitious for a beginner, but what the heck, where would my sense of adventure be otherwise?
Pictures to come later.
And now, back to work.