The celebrated Craft for the 2017 OFFF is Lace, a delightful technique with which to display this year’s exquisite celebrated Fiber of Pygora. Of the many styles of lace we are focusing on lace knitting, crocheted lace, bobbin lace, and tatted lace.
The tools to make lace are sundry. Tatting uses shuttles, and bobbin lace uses, of course, beautiful bobbins.
To watch someone knitting or crocheting a lace pattern sometimes you wonder what the bunch of spaghetti will be. Then, magically, after blocking, it is transformed into a miracle of beauty.
Lace is magic of positive and negative space, a true balance of nature created by artists.
Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, by adulthood she had dabbled in weaving, spinning, and dyeing among other activities, and came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately, she began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs. Her patterns also include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebius creations. She has been widely published in books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design. She has been teaching at larger venues since 2009.
Eugen Beugler is one of the most important master lace Knitters in the country. Look for a lace pattern on Ravelry or in a book like “A Gathering of Lace”, compiled by Meg Swanson, and there you will find exceptional patterns by Mr. Beugler.
Talk with anyone who loves lace knitting, mention Eugen Beugler, and listen to them wax eloquent about how they love him and his extensive body of patterns.
It is an inspiration to have such an impressive personality in our local community of Knitters. And it is with pleasure that we are honored to be able to include him in OFFF’s 2017 Invitational Artists’ Gallery.
Portland Lace Society Invitational Artists
The talented members of the Portland Lace Society are collaborating with the Fiber Arts Division this year to present a glimpse into the world of lace! Two of their members will be featured for their outstanding Tatted Lace and there will also be a selection of pieces made by members of the group that represent the array of handmade lace work being done today.
I am Venessa Godfrey, a tatter.I grew up in California, and have lived in 9 states including Oregon. I had a mother who could tat, but Icouldn’t tell what magic she was doing with the thread A couple of years after I was married, my husband joined the Air Force. In our travels I found a tatting teacher in Biloxi, Mississippi, and with her guidance I learned the art of tatting. Since that time I have shared my tatting skills where ever I have lived. I taught my mother how to add chains to her tatting and both of my daughters know how to tat. I enjoy shuttle tatting and find it a refreshing activity. I enjoy showing the magic of the transferred sliding knot that is tatting.
I learned to tat from instructions in the back a crochet book when I was about 10. I have tatted ever since. It has always been one of my favorite hobbies. Since it is so portable I could take it along in my purse and did many hankies when I was in high school, often tatting while walking between classes. I have taught a lot of people to tat. Some kept on, some decided they didn’t like it, but I’ve usually been able to at least get them to understand the process. Many changes have happened over the years and modern tatting has evolved with the only limitation the imagination of the tatter. It is an old process that benefits from all the new materials of metallic threads and beads. I try to keep up with the changes, but also like the old standby patterns.