Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

Winter Projects

I spent much of November avoiding knitting and delving into new needlework worlds. I took a lesson in smocking and another lesson in bobbin lace, built my own bobbin lace pillow and started practicing.

 Sweet, smocked baby bonnet

Sweet, smocked baby bonnet

 Embryonic Bobbin lace pillow

Embryonic Bobbin lace pillow

 Completed Bobbin lace pillow. Woo! Woo!

Completed Bobbin lace pillow. Woo! Woo!

 Bobbin lace paraphernalia 

Bobbin lace paraphernalia 

 Laura's first bobbin lace

Laura's first bobbin lace

I also tackled a 20-year-old cross stitch I had begun while I was pregnant with my first born. I think. I can't even remember. What I do remember is that I was drawn to the Delft-blue tones in this stitched Christmas plate. 

I did all the blue-toned trees, the man dragging the Christmas tree, and the little cottage in the woods. Only then, did I realize, I was supposed to cross-stitch all the white snow on the white Aida cloth. This is an older counted cross-stitch design, so I guess I should just be thankful there wasn't 20 different white colored threads in the snow.

 Yuck. White on white.

Yuck. White on white.

In any case, I packed it up and stuck it in a closet. Later, I stuck it in a BOX in a closet. But, each Christmas I would spend seconds thinking about it and wondering if I should dig it out.

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This year I did. And, I finished it in two or three weeks. And, I got tendonitis in my right thumb as a present from the effort.

Was it worth it? I don't know. Ask me after my Occupational Therapy appointment tomorrow.