Wednesday, 13 July 2011

My visit to Ballarat

While on holiday here in Melbourne, I could not resist the chance to visit David Collyer in Ballarat. The trains to Ballarat are not running due to work on the track, so I took the bus. It is only an hour and a half and David met me at the station and we went to his cosy home. I found him to be a very charming man and we talked about lace and life for about 4 hours. He got out all his own hand-made lace and some antique lace and some lace and crochet work from his mother, grandmother and great grandmother. What a treat. I took a lot of photos and here are some of them to share with you.

Black Chantilly

A fantastic wide Chantilly edging make in the finest Pipers silk

Bookmark made by Miriam Gidron

This bookmark was made for a bookmark exchange by Miriam Gidron in Israel. It appears to be a mixture of Milanese lettering and edging with a Bucks point ground and Bruges leaves. I liked it.

Tonder wide lace edging

I remember David writing of making this wide Tonder edging, 2 or 3 years ago. It is a full square edging but does not have a fabric centre yet. So beautiful!

David's Chantilly Square

This square was designed by David from a Chantilly edging.

Buck's Point

A fantastic Bucks point spray of roses with a modern edging.

Buck's Point Eagle Doily

I can’t remember if this is Bucks Point or Tonder but I like the eagles. This was also redesigned by David from a straight edging, redrawn onto polar graph paper.

David at his huge pillow

The man himself at his giant lace pillow. 1 1/2 m square with a variety of blocks to move around.

3 comments:

  1. Well done, Janis. Lovely to visit your Lace Place blog, and to share your visit with David.
    Bev on Vancouver Island, Canada

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  2. Lucky you to see Davids lace 'up close and personal' absolutely amazing work. I shall look forward to visiting your blog again.
    Jane

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  3. So glad that you were able to visit Ballarat & David's "Lace Place". Have a fun time in Australia. I can't wait to see more photos.
    Pene in Tartu, Estonia

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