Friday, June 06, 2008

Generosity (Thy name is fleegle)











I took a little side trip to Lacis and Lo and behold! They have a lovely lace exhibit entitled "Lace I Love' A Selection Of Lace Pieces From An Anonymous Collector Donated by Susan Glinert Stevens (AKA fleegle). The lace is really beautiful and for those who can't get out to see it, there are the slides at the Lacis link above. What a wonderful way to preserve this beautiful collection! Bravo fleegle! Since a few people have asked me, I also took a look at the pattern re-prints that recently became available. The first are from KUNSTSTRICK MUSSER. The first is called Martha, then Susanne and Meteor. The next is Dahlie, then Narzisse and then Tausendschon. If you go to the Lacis link and scroll down to the lace, you will see the patterns. They also have the re-print of Beyer "Kunstricken, Beyer-Band 361" which has 30 lace patterns that are also said to be Nieblings. I also have this one but I did not pick it up at Lacis. To top it all off, they have also re-printed "Lyra". That elusive pattern that so many of you have asked about. It's only $7.00 and you will not regret spending that money to knit this beauty. The chart is big and easy to read and the pattern is in English! Lastly, I joined my very first fiber club. Black Bunny Fibers has sent me 8 ounces of beautiful Peruvian merino that I am spinning into thin pretty singles. There you have it. A surfeit of lace!

18 comments:

fleegle said...

I am so happy that Lacis is exhibiting my collection. I loved those boxes of beauty, but I couldn't take care of it anymore. When I sent it to Jules, the box weighed 12 pounds! Too much of a good thing :)

Lyra for sale at a reasonable price is a WONDERFUL sight!

Yarnzie said...

When I think of the hours of work (and probably desperate tears) that went into those pieces, it brings tears to my own eyes. It's like a link to our female heritage.

And you can never have too much of a good thing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful lace! Thank you for a very good reason to pop over to Lacis (w. a bag full o' money :)). I think I'll have to look into this Niebling thing going on. It looks like the BBF 2 fiber has definitely gotten your attention - how fast you started spinning! (BBF 2 is my first fiber club too.) Happy, happy spinning weekend!! Terry

Laritza said...

How clever of Fleegle to do this! I have a huge tub too, maybe I should do the same :) What I have was my grandmother's and I treasure it. At the very least I could set it up so it does to the museum ones I am gone.

Opal said...

I am beyond ecstatic that the Lyra got reprinted. I have been wanting to get my hands on that pattern for years! Years! I ordered my copy as soon as I heard. I imagine there's an online stampede for Lacis now. :-)

yarnlot said...

The lace collection looks stunning...it is wonderful that Lacis is taking care of it now.

OceanKnitter said...

Wonderful, fabulous collection from fleegle! And thank you for posting about the new lace patterns at Lacis. I had purchased Kunststricken GroBe und Klein Decken from Martina's in Germany last year. Nice to see Lacis carries it now. I'm going to try to get over there on June 14 for WWKIP and the Lace Knitters group. I always enjoy reading your blog. :)

Sandy

BadCatDesigns said...

Thank-you for posting on the new lace exhibit and also telling us what is in that collection of doily patterns from Lacis. I have been patiently waiting to see what is there prior to ordering, though you know I will place the order, just to support the effort to get those patterns available!

Jason said...

Long time no comment! Sorry for staying away for so long. Still struggling with the family stuff. But am trying to have breaks here and there. Getting back to fibery stuff, too. Just a little at a time.

My, your spinning is so fine! I wonder if I have the patience to spin enough fine yarn to do something with?

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

That collection is really wonderful! I loved seeing it up-close. I'm also really pleased that it ended up as one of the slide shows that people can access on the Lacis site if they are not able to get out to the shop to see this beautiful lace. And I second your comment about Lyra. I can't understand why the staff at Lacis did not know they would be flooded with orders for it. They were honestly bewildered by the popularity LOL.

Jane said...

Dear Yarnzine,

I also can't get over the spectacular lace that has been produced over the years. Whenever I see someone elses lace, I feel connected. Such a personal expression of taste, creativity, artistry. I love it all!

Jane said...

Dear Terry,

I love the fiber from BFF so "Yea "B" team!" Nice to know I'm not the only one who has never had "auto-ship" fiber before :-) I'm spinning her fiber first so I can start a project with it. Do go check out the Nieblings. I love knitting his patterns and they are addicting!

Jane said...

Dear Laritza,

How wonderful that you have such a rich heritage! Setting up where it will go "after" is a great idea. I don't think I could part with such a treasure before that point anyway :-) My nieces have no interest in my lace so far, but maybe some day.

Jane said...

Dear Opal,

I can think of few things I'd love more than to see you knit Lyra! Yippee! Can't wait!

Jane said...

Dear yarnlot,

I also admire the fact that they have kept and displayed so much vintage lace. They have worked out their method of conservation for the various collections so I hope to enjoy many more displays in the future.

Jane said...

Dear Sandy,

I also had purchased the larger collections previously but I'm encouraged to see it available at Lacis. They did not order that many because I don't think they realized the level of demand for Nieblings right now. I love reading your blog and seeing your projects as well. Have fun at WWKIP!

Jane said...

Dear badcatdesigns,

I also want to support the effort to make the patterns available though that might have been "pattern greed" that had me purchase the ones I posted. I actually ended up buying the shop "Sample" since they were sold out and there was someone who thought they might want these 6 patterns. Ends up they already had them so "more for me"! Like I said. They did not anticipate the demand.

Jane said...

Dear Jason,

I am so glad to hear from you! Life does have a tendency to get in the way of what we want to spin or knit. Still, my projects keep me sane with all that is going on so I hope it is doing the same for you! If your patience with your family is any indication, you have patience to spare for spinning and knitting fine! Trust me! Take care!