On Saturday at lunch time, during my class at Coffs Harbour, some of the ladies were talking about a 3 dimensional needlelace ship that one of them had made. It sounded quite intriguing.
At lunch the next day, Robyne brought out her ship. It was simply amazing!
There is a story behind this incredible creation. Robyne saw a picture of a 2 dimensional needlelace ship in Ann Collier’s book “The Art of Lacemaking”. She liked the idea of doing a ship, but wanted to make the sails come out from it. She couldn’t get that to work, and eventually her creation became completely 3 dimensional!
Robyne whittled the base of the ship from balsa wood. The masts are wooden skewers, and her husband created the crow’s nest parts and finials on the masts for her.
Because Robyne was making it up as she went, the two sides are different. She learned from the first side of the ship and made improvements to the second side. That’s not to say that the first side was a failure though – it certainly isn’t! It’s just that the second side is better.
Robyne used a number of different threads for the lace; using what she already had in her stash. All the threads are DMC Ecru threads. For the needlelace and ladders, she used Cordonnet Special No 80, for “other bits and bobs”, she used Cordonnet Special No 100 & 40. Robyne also used Perle No 8 and 12, and stranded cotton. The ship took Robyne about 2 years to make.
I’m sure that you’ll agree that this is an amazing creation. Thank you to Robyne for giving me permission to share it with my blog readers, and congratulations on your achievement!