At this year's EAC National Seminar, I had the choice of several tours and activities on the free day between classes, or to take an additional one day class. Well, I took the class since I was there to soak up as much new knowledge as I could! My free day class was taught by Silvia Murariu, a noted designer of Romanian Point Lace. Please click on the photo above to enlarge it so you can see as much detail as possible on the vest Sylvia is wearing. The lace on it is jaw dropping and of course all made by Sylvia.
This Lavender Basket was the project we worked on in the class. Romanian Point Lace is worked on a muslin backing cloth with the pattern marked on it. Crochet cords are basted onto the backing cloth and then the needleweaving and other stitching is done between the cords. When complete, the basting threads are snipped and the lace motif is freed from the backing. I think perhaps mine will not end up as shown in a picture but rather will end up on a crazy quilt block. After all, what doesn't? lol
Samples of Sylvia's exquisite lace were on display for us to see. I was amazed at the results that could be obtained from a technique that is much easier than it looks!