On Saturday I bunked work and went to the Cape Lace Guild's exhibition.
Alongside the more traditional lace was this piece, based on a cross-section of a plant stem:
A piece of what was described as 'modern' lace, which has a decidedly vintage "mid-century mod" look about it:
These pieces are made with sewing thread; they're so finely worked that they seem to have been made with variegated thread. But these are solid colours.
There was some lovely tatting on display too:
There are more photos on my Flickr page.
I hauled out some old craft books and scoured the internet for tatting instructions, being pretty sure that somebody would have come up with a way to do it without a tatting shuttle (it was Saturday evening, and I wanted to do this now). Turns out you can tat with a bit of card for a shuttle, and it's really easy.
Really easy, that is, once you give up on illustrated instructions and head for YouTube. There seems to be some sort of conspiracy going on with the illustrations. They make no sense, but have been drawn the same way for decades. The tatting elite seem to want to force you to learn from a real person, instead of a book. I will remedy this as soon as I have time: bad craft illustrations annoy me. All you need are a few slightly longer twisty arrows, people.