Flower Earrings - Pattern & Tutorial for Wire Lace : Step-by-Step Instruction, 25 pages with 74 detail photographs - PDF Instant Download -

Flower Earrings - Pattern & Tutorial for Wire Lace : Step-by-Step Instruction, 25 pages with 74 detail photographs - PDF Instant Download -



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Having worked with wire and taught wire lace workshops for more than twenty-five years, I understand the challenges posed by wire medium to lacemakers who are used to working with threads. BASIC SERIES of the New School of Lace Patterns & Tutorials for Wire Lace are designed and written to help making the transition from fibre to wire easier and more enjoyable. Deatailed instructions explain basic rules of wire lacemaking and offer many practical techniques and solutions for mastering the medium. Simple patterns focus on one topic at the time, allowing lacemakers to learn and practice new skills gradually.

Pattern & Tutorial B#001: Flower Earrings + introduces following techniques:


These are essential building blocks for plaited laces (also called braided laces), and guipures, such as Cluny, Maltese or Bedfordshire lace.

Plait is the simpliest bobbin lace pattern, but it does not have to be simplistic. Combine a basic plait with wire and beads and you can start creating lovely bobbin lace jewellery in no time!

"Flower Earrings +" pattern was designed for lacemaker like you, to make wire lace accessible and interesting. A full tutorial will guide you step-by-step through the work, from starting, explanation of all stitches and learning how to work them with wire, to beading and finishing the wire lace as a wearable art. Besides a pattern pricking and working diagram, there is a thorough description with 74 detailed photographs, to help you to uderstand and follow the process.

Give it a try and make your first pair or Flower Earrings in copper wire with beads! Let this tutorial guide you to learn the stitches and see the creative potential of a simple bobbin lace braid. Once you finish the Flower pattern, you will understand what the "+" sign in the title stands for!

Required Bobbin Lace Skills : Familiarity with Cross and Twist

Required Wire Lace Skills :
Basic skills of handling wire, winding bobbins, dealing with kinks and breaks.
If you have never worked with wire before, a manual “Wire Lacework: Lenka’s Introduction to Bobbin Lace in Wire”, provides a thorough explanation of all these topics for lacemakers who are transitioning from fibre to wire work.
Important: Safety rules are included with this pattern, on page 25. Please read before you start working.

Required tools for making lace :
• 4 pairs of Lenka’s Bobbins for Wire Lace (Fine or Medium) are recommended • lacemaking pillow: any size or shape
• long dressmakers steel pins: size 32 mm [1 1/4 inch] are recommended
• picot pins: 38x0.90 mm [size 24] are recommended
• nudge tool

Required tools for finishing:
• jeweller’s pliers: wire cutters, chain nose and round nose pliers

Required materials:
• 5 meters (5.5 yd) of copper wire size 0.2 mm (AWG 32)
• 14 pcs glass seed beads, size 3-4 mm (6/0-8/0)
• 1 pair earring hooks

Wire has an enormous potential in the field of lace, and this manual offers to equip lacemakers with practical skills for wire work. It encourages lacemakers to try and explore handmade bobbin lace in wire, and find their own creative expression in it. The more lacemakers embrace the wire medium, the faster it will grow and evolve into a unique lace art form.

Happy learning and lacemaking!

Upon purchasing this item you will receive a DOWNLOAD LINK to retrieve your new file. Please note that you will not receive a printed copy of the pattern or any products in the mail.
Reading any "New School of Lace Pattern & Tutorial for Wire Lace" on an electronic reading device will allow you to enlarge the photos for a close-up viewing. You can also print a copy for your reference.

Copyright©Lenka Suchanek 2017. All rights reserved.
This manual may be printed for the personal use of the purchaser only. You may not in any form reproduce or distribute this manual in part or in whole through any venue, electronic, mechanical or otherwise without the written authorization of the author.

During the last hundred years, when hobbyists inherited a wealth of lacemaking patterns from then defunct lace industry, lacemakers became accustomed to a free pattern sharing. It has worked well for many, encouraged people to learn and helped to save the handmade lace craft from a total decline.
With so many patterns in public domain, there is an expectation that all patterns should be free. So why is the copyright making it illegal to copy this material and give to a friend? It’s because the copyright protects rights of contemporary, living designers, to fair compensation for their work. Designing new, original patterns requires knowledge, experience, creativity, and as every lacemaker knows, a lot of time. So much, actually, that applying our current cost and labour calculations would make the patterns prohibitively expensive. The prices are therefore set at a lower range and as a result, majority of lace designers work for far less than a minimum wage, regardless of their skill and dedication. They do it for the love of lace, for the love of craft, for the love of sharing their inspiration that speaks through lace. Because profit is not a priority, this fact is often not mentioned, and the problem is not addressed. In the age of internet, when many people search for free patterns online, it is easy to take advantage of designers’ work. Only awareness through education can facilitate a positive change.
Every lacemaker’s choice makes a difference in the survival of the craft. Purchasing the copyrighted materials is an important step forward, and sets an example of a responsible attitude that values a sustainable communal practice above self-centered interest. If everybody contributes even a little bit, together we can build an ethical lace world that offers a fair chance to all current and future artists and designers. Only then we will be able to say that we truly kept this beautiful craft alive for the next generation. Please do your share!

New School of Lace was established in 2014 in a community of Ocean Park, in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Main goal of the school is to promote interest in traditional craft of handmade lace through teaching, lecturing and exhibiting lace art. The word ‘new’ in the school’s name refers not only to an event of spreading the original European craft to the New World, but also points to a unique potential of handmade lace to evolve and find many new creative expressions.

New School of Lace https://lenkas.com/new-school-of-lace/

School’s founder Lenka Suchanek, a lacemaker, lace artist and lace instructor, has devoted more than thirty years to preserving fine craft of handmade lace and is passionate about keeping lacemaking alive in families and communities for generations to come. She envisions fine craft of lace as a valuable addition to balanced, creative lives of modern people, who will carry on the Renaissance ideals of beauty and harmony, inherent in the delicate lace weave.
Lenka’s Way of Lace https://lenkas.com


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Mary Robinson 17 Oct, 2018

5 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly easy pattern to follow. Well written & instant download- yay!

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Barbara Gores 12 Aug, 2020

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These arrived MUCH quicker than expected, packaged beautifully and even more lovely in person. I purchased these for an upcoming class as recommended by my instructor as the ONLY wire lace bobbins to consider. Thank you for offering these and I have a feeling I will be back for more!!

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