Half a year before I joined a bobbin lace class. Truly speaking I was not very happy about that, but it was the only class with free places and as I had made bobbin lace on my childhood I had decided to try it. I hadn’t need much time to realize that I was liking it and that my initial preconceptions were absolutely erroneous, that is, that bobbin lace was boring ( well, from my childhood time, I just can remember that I was all the time undoing knots!!).
One month later I have realized I was completely addicted to it!
Once I overcame my preconceptions, next step for my complete adaption to the bobbin lace world was to get the right material to work with. But after taking a look on the few bobbin lace shops on Madrid I was scared. Pretty beautiful bobbin lace pillows, but on such a PRICE!!
So, I had no other option to ask for help to my teacher before spending 200 euros for the material.
Fortunately there was another option, and here I present the result. As it worked fine for me and I imagine not everybody would like to spend a fortune on something you can do by yourself, here I present my tutorial on how to make a pillow for working on bobbin lace.
I have already made a tutorial on how to make your own bobbins!
Well let’s go to the tutorial:
- A wood panel of 3 mm thickness of the desired size, proximately about 30×60 cm
- A piece of expanded polystyrene of 1 cm thickness and 30×60 cm.
- A piece of expanded polystyrene of 1 cm thickness and 24×54 cm.
- A piece of expanded polystyrene of 1 cm thickness and 18×48 cm.
- Two pieces of fabric of 35×65 cm
- A stappler
Glue the small piece of polystyrene on the middle of the panel. Put on the top something heavy to preserve the position.
Wait till it is dry and glue the middle size polystyrene on the middle of the pillow. Put something heavy again to fix it.
Finally glue the last polystyrene piece to the top, put something heavy and wait till it isdry.
Put the fabric piece which will go to the front extended on the table, with its back facing on. Put on the top the pillow with the polystyrene facing the fabric. Center it as you can see on the pict.
Start stapling the fabric on the middle of one of the sides of the panel. Smooth out the fabric and staple the opposite side. The fabric must remain taut
Go on stapling the corners. Be careful to let it clean.
To hide the panel on the back of the pillow, you can cover it with the second fabric. Glue it, folding the edges so they cannot be seen. Put something heavy on the top till it is dry.
It is done!! I hope it is useful for you and you could make some beautiful creations!!!