The Kaleidoscope

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Title:  The Kaleidoscope
The Design: Adapting a design from an appliqué quilt pattern called Spiraling Squares, lace artist Laura Friesel worked The Kaleidoscope in the Torchon style of bobbin lace. Torchon, French for dishcloth, employs diamonds and triangles worked at a 45 degree angle and can be worked in any scale, similar to the geometric patterns used in quilt making. The traditional pattern is an arrangement of 60 squares, 12 each of five sizes, with each square’s design building on the preceding one as the increasing size of the squares adds more design space. This complex piece required 1400 hours to work and assemble.
The Material:  70/2 Egyptian cotton
The Dimensions: Image size 31 ½” x 31 ½” (80cm x 80cm)
Framed size 35 ¾” x 35 ¾” (90.5cm x 90.5cm)
 The Technique: Bobbin Lace dates from the 15th century and employs threads wrapped
around separate bobbins. Using traditional weaving techniques, the lace
maker manipulates each individual thread providing unlimited creative
opportunities in design. Pins support the threads as they are woven together
to create the pattern.
Awards: Best in Show, Fiber Arts,
The Farnsworth Gallery Award
Ellarslie Open, Trenton, NJ 2007
Exhibited as Spiraling Squares