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Teneriffe Lace Instructions Update!

After using them to make lots of lacy bits and stalking the blogs of people who make them, I have updated the instructions for making a teneriffe lace pad (cushion or pillow).

The updates are basically this:

  1. Stuff the inner pad until you can’t stuff it any more and then stuff it some more anyway.
  2. If you like to change templates a lot, cut them smaller and use the pins in your design to hold them in place instead of sewing them on.

I like to sew on a favourite template on one side, and leave the other free for using any others.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for this week’s free knitting pattern. It’s a good one!

Sarah

Make Your Own Teneriffe Lace Pillow, aka Koppo Cushion

This week’s favourite things Thursday comes with a tutorial for making your own teneriffe lace cushion!

One of my favourite types of needlework is any textile for which the major tools needed are a needle and thread. Whether it is needle lace edgings such as oya ignesi with it’s stunning floral and geometric designs, needle lace (I’m a fan of the more colourful and modern pieces), or teneriffe lace, if it’s portable I’ll give it a go.

Many years ago I bought a teneriffe lace cushion called a Koppo cushion and was flooded with requests to buy it or to tell people where they could get one. Unfortunately, since they were made in 1955 that wasn’t going to be possible. Even worse, I seem to have lost mine when we moved house, so I made a replacement and you can too. (I’m hoping it will still turn up but considering how organised most of my gear is, I doubt it).

My poor lost, beloved Koppo cushion

I’ve written a full tutorial on sewing the cushion with two options on how to make the top (leather or paper), what to fill it with and a link to an amazing book that will teach you all you need to know about making your lace. Thanks to some notes I kept and the patent online, I even managed to recreate the top of the Koppo cushion accurately so I have my favourite piece of needlework gear back!

Check out my new tutorial on making a teneriffe lace pillow, aka Koppo cushion.

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Sarah

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