July 31, 2010

IOLI report.

Yes everyone, I have returned. My visit to the IOLI lace conference was short but sweet. Sandy overcame a major obstacle to get there, she ended up having two root canals on Monday. Eesssh. But she braved through the pain and she drove us down to Portland for the big day.

We had two objectives in making the trip. One, was Mimi Dillman's class on clunies. (I'll do another post on that) and the other was of course the vendors. The room pictured above was where all the goodies were housed, and as expected, probably 80% was bobbin lace oriented supples, but there was a smattering of tatting items available, including some Lizbeth, but no one seemed to have the newest colors.
I did make it home with a few balls of thread......my favorite find is the five balls of Altin Basak that you see in the middle. This is the first time I've seen a whole bin full of it, and I had to resist the urge to climb in and swim around in it.

One of the other highlights was the exhibit room. These beautiful tatted and beaded jewelry pieces are done by Karen Miner, and Sandy and I are going to try to get her to guild to teach a class for us.







This beautiful butterfly is something that caught my particular attention. It is done in Romanian Point Lace. Now, I have seen different laces at Guild meetings, but not anything I wanted to learn. This type of lace is very textural, and is built on a crocheted cording. It is couched to muslin, and then the filling needle lace stitches are connecting the cords together. The cording is very unique and I can see many applications in jewelry. The disappointment about Romanian Point lace, is the lack of availability in patterns and information. There was one teacher at the conference, and I did purchase her beginning book as well as a kit. Once I got home I looked around online, and discovered that I had become interested in something even more obscure than tatting it would seem. There has been one other book published on RPL, but it is out of print and unavailable. I do have Sylvia Murariu's website for patterns and information, and there are gals at guild who have taken her classes so all is not lost.

On our way back home we stopped by Shipwreck beads and did a little more damage.
I will need to do another post to show what we did in our clunies class, and show another goodie that I got, but am too lazy to go take a picture of right now. :-0







17 comments:

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

Wish you could come to Tat Days!! The vending there is spectacular! Plus, of course, all the tatters....

Linda said...

Where is "Tat Days"? I've never heard of it. And when is the show??

Lelia said...

thx for sharing . look forward to seeing your post re. clunies!

Anonymous said...

I don't tat, but I loved the works shown. About the Romanian point lace - it's call macrame crochet in the German mags and if you can find the old Anna (Burda) craft mags - there were or two a year with macrame crochet patterns. I have several from table pieces to collars to decorations. If they are unavailable, perhaps there I can share them without breaking copyright laws.

Laurie - member of Yahoo Groups Austin Lace Makers so put a comment in that group if you want to contact me.

Em said...

I love all of your products! I just learned to tat!

Krystle said...

Linda--she is referring to Palmetto's big tatting conference. It's in Georgia... You can google Palmetto tat days to find it I'm sure, I don't know the info off the top of my head though.

Laurie-THanks for the tip! I'm really looking for some information about the different filling stitches used, and I am guessing they are similar in other laces, so that is one way I think I'll approach it as well.

And congrats to EM! If you have questions let me know. Also be sure to check out Intatters if you haven't yet.

John said...

Wow!! would love to have been there. I'm really looking forward to Tat Days!! Last year was my first year...and was a blast.
j.

Fox said...

Mimi Dillman? My Cluny Hero? Oh you lucky, lucky tatter, you! I am so envious! Cannot wait to hear all about this.
Fox of The Green Eyes... : ))

Krystle said...

Oh yes Foxy...she showed me a new way to wrap the loom too.

Gina said...

There used to be a yahoo group that focused on RPL and that's where I went to learn along with the books by Sylvia. There is also a video available through IOLI if you are a member which is great for learning the cord. I've crocheted for over 40 years but could not figure that cord out by the written instructions! If you search for romanian point lace on my blog, you'll see a few pieces I made. I have a couple of patterns I designed too. Developing the fillings is a fun challenge. I've also added tatting to the cord and so did Kim Millar if you want to do a google search to find the patterns.

MimiD said...

Krystle... the tatter who makes the bead-and-tatting-embroidered jewelry is Karen MINER. And Wednesday was the best day I've had in a very long time. Thanks for spending some with me.

Krystle said...

Ahhh thank you Mimi! I knew I had it wrong because I hadn't written it down. And I had a spectacular time as well. Thank you for sharing your expertise.....and a note to anyone who has opportunity to take a class from Mimi----Do it! She is the most gracious and well prepared teacher I've had the pleasure to learn from.

Koroneczka said...

Wow! Beautiful work! :)))

connie said...

Ok
I love and have a pair of socks. What I'm envious of is that you know a new way to wrap the cluny,that you have started RPL lace and I have really wanted to but don't know how to crochet. If you'd like to see more tatted beaded embroidery go to DS9 designs and see Debbie's blog. I believe she took Karen's class also and her work is on the blog.

Maggie said...

I love Karen Miner's work. I missed the opportunity to take her class at Palmetto's Tat Days several years ago and have been trying to take a class with her ever since.

occasional crafter said...

Umm, that's weird - i was reading about this the other day. Sorry - I'm a recent lurker, (hello!).

Look! This might be handy. It's a great looking tutorial for Romanian Cord Lace. I found it via a tatter on Flickr, who makes all kinds of lace...Hope that helps :)

Mrs. Miles said...

Sigh... how I dream of another workshop/convention however I fear it will be next year in Spokane. Thanks for allowing me to SORT OF go to this one through your blogging and photos. You really have a gift for this!