Irish Lace 3/17/22

No better day to busy myself with this little Irish crochet pin keep ♡

I fell hard for Irish Lace, it’s so beautifully complex looking, with its chain webs, picots, flowers and leaves, the tiny delicate stitches ..oof ♡

I found the pattern for this pincushion here
(I will warn you, I had some issues with sections of the pattern being a little off (even after checking the errata, so it’s a bit freestyled in areas.)

I used a thicker linen thread than the pattern stated, so I didn’t do as many rnds of the lace background or leaves (p.s the leaves are added after your done!) I made the pad out of a scrap of decorator linen & stuffed it tight with 0000 steel wool (to help keep the pins sharp). The breakdown, basically all the best pincushiony things: Linen thread on linen fabric, stuffed with 0000 steel wool wrapped in wool batting.

Some of my vintage pincushions have a little strawberry attached to them that’s filled with emery sand & you to poke your needles into it to sharpen them, I kind of love that idea ..but don’t know if I really love the idea of dealing with sand ..steel wool scouring pads are relatively cheap, readily available & low mess.

thinking of you

The studio has been quiet these days, deep thoughts and conversations about the world we live in, and how we will continue to educate, remind, and push ourselves to do better, acknowledging and changing the parts that cause harm, understanding the language we use to say things and the actions we take, can both help and hurt. Listening. Speaking up. Shutting shit down. Requiring the same of those around us, while understanding we are all at different points in our learning and unlearning, stumbling, backtracking, reading it again, and again, reaching out and continuing to grow, together.

This Walk Collection Linea bought in 2016, made into something in 2017, frogged after finishing and now becoming something new in 2020, it goes like that sometimes, today it’s a Tramonto Shawl along with a little handmade reminder of the June peonies. 💕

soft study

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I have a fondness for the inconsistent greys of birch tools, the shattered flecks of ocean colored glass set in porcelain, the overcast blur of winter light,

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the concern of emotion that can be stitched in wool,

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the soft glow of linen, the comfort of bare feet, the roundness of tummies,

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the milkshake of that pink,

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the curiosity of pose, the tiny cotton flower crocheted with thread on that cold morning, just because,

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the cohesion of handmade,

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and if we can leave pants out of it, let’s leave pants out of it.

💕