Bobbin Lace Making

Bobbin lace

Hand made lace

Sunday, while strolling around “Fiesta de la Cachorena” in Alaurin el Grande, I discovered bobbin lace making. Never heard, never seen this technique before so I have to admit it, a was blown away (not to mention the thrill of finding a good subject and photos for my blog). Along the main road where the event took place, dozens of ladies (and few men) sitting around tables were intertwining delicate, amazing lace. I could’t stop taking pictures of their skilled hands and amazing work and I realized right from the beginning, bobbin lace making is an art, not to mention a complex work. Spaniards have a saying for something very difficult and complicated: “Bueno…eso es encaje de bolillos” (this is like lace making) and looking at the pictures you’ll understand why. The method is to place a pillow in front of you with a cardboard stencil of the design you wish to accomplish. Then, pins are pressed into the cardboard with linen thread. The bobbins are turned left and right and the design progresses. The job usually starts with just few bobbins and can go up to 50 or more! As you can see, the result is very beautiful and delicate.

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

To me personally, this web of threads seems utterly complicated and  confusing  and I am fully aware I wouldn’t be capable to craft not even an inch of lace. Probably this was the reason I was totally stunned by the skills of the craft ladies.

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

Camarinas, is the most famous lace making place in Spain. Situated in the north west of the country in Galicia, this little fishing village has tradition of lace making since middle ages and the old artisanal tradition has been passed down from generation to generation. Today, when the world around us has changed so much, it’s pleasing to see people, especially young ones, returning back to these things that bring good feelings from our past.

Bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making

Some of the beautiful things displayed at the festival

lace9

Bobbin lace making

lace11

Bobbin lace making

Just to have a better idea about this complicated craft

here 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *