So glad I found you guys! I am new to learning bobbin lace ( I needle tat) and am really enthusiastic about taking this up seriously.
I am in love with the straw-filled antique pillows, and I found several Le Puy/Normandy types with the rollers intact, in fabulous condition.
What I love about them is that I can hold them in my lap as I learn right now, rather than having to use a table ( I have Multiple Sclerosis and sometimes it's the sofa for me!)
At any rate, they're kind of pricey, but I may put a layway on one. What I want to know is, are they really good to learn on? I realize that the roller helps with yardage, etc. And of course they have that nifty back storage area...
Of course, I want to eventually graduate to doilies and collars, so the problem would be that they would be a bit difficult on this type of pillow, I suppose. But I feel that it would probably take a while to graduate to this level of difficulty, and since I'll be starting on torchon yardage and trying to perfect it, I may as well use a beautiful pillow that I love.
To be honest, I have this passionate love for old things, and don't want to use an ethafoam cookie right now, because I'm looking forward to the aesthetic pleasure of using an old straw-stuffed beauty (in good condition, of course!)
Can anyone tell me if this is a good decision as far as usability/functionality for a beginner? Please advise! Thanks everyone---Keely