Torchon Lace in the making!

Now I have a great, nay, HUGE appreciation for what goes into handmade torchon lace. Take a look at this lace piece being made from fine cotton thread, wound around approx. 89 beautiful bobbins (according to the maker, collecting bobbins is a hobby within the hobby) and manouvered around tiny lace pins placed strategically on top of a template.

I met the lovely Suzanne at the Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show and spent some time talking to her about the craft (in between being utterly mesmerized by the method involved). The piece pictured is just one small part of a large, circular tablecloth that she has been working on for several months. The love, time and attention that goes into making lace by hand needs to be seen to be believed. And if you find yourself in the fortunate position of having something so beautiful in your linen cupboard at home, treasure it and never ever send it to the op/thrift shop!