For our February Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a beautiful Romanian Point Lace Heart! The talented designer behind this month’s project is Tamara Yohannes, one of our members from the Louisville Chapter in Kentucky.
Here’s a little more about the project from our Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: Tamara Yohannes of our Louisville Chapter designed a heart ornament as an introduction to the basics of Romanian Point Lace. This technique doesn’t use a large number of supplies, but they may not be things you have on hand. The first step is to crochet the cords that form the foundation for the project. For those of you panicking, “I don’t know how to crochet!” — don’t despair. I only know the most basic of crochet and I caught on pretty quickly. (Tamara includes pictures and there are videos on YouTube.) Just be willing to trash your first few starts until your fingers figure out the rhythm. Once I got going, the cord moved along much more quickly and it looked even. So, if you want to start gathering supplies, you’ll need a ball of Lizbeth or Cebelia crochet cotton size 10. I’ll post a picture. Pay attention to the size label. It can be confusing. You’ll also need a crochet hook size 1.5 mm. It looked really small to me at first, but it does the job. There are other supplies listed in the instructions that you’ll need, but the crochet cotton and crochet hook will get you started on the cord. Thank you, Tamara, for sharing your heart (literally!) with us and showing us how to do this unusual lace!
You can download the pattern for this project on our Free Projects page, and while you are there check out some of the other goodies we have for you, including our Little Book of Embroidery Basics and other fun patterns.
Visit our EGA Stitch-a-long group on Facebook to learn more and to start stitching with us!