The Lacemaker's Prayer

Dear Lord,
As I weave the may threads of my lace patter, let me reflect on the many threads make the pattern lovelier, and far more interesting. As I neatly bind int he loose ends of my thread, so may I neatly bind in the loose ends in my life. And, when I tie a knot, help me to remember that a knot, when properly tied, will make the work even stronger.
As my work grows in scope and beauty, so let my life grow in scope and beauty.

Heavenly Father, as I weave my lace, may I always be grateful for the pattern you have given me. For the eyes to see the pattern, for the hands to execute the pattern and for the brain that allows the hands and eyes to work together. Let me never fail to use the skills that you have given me to do your work. and, Lord, when at last my lace is complete, my I lay the perfect pattern before you and rejoice that its beauty will glorify your kingdom forever.

AMEN

 
The Ten Commandments for Lacemakers
  1. All types of lace, whether hand or machine made, is lovely and therefore worthy.
  2. Thus it follows that all lacemakers are worthy and shall never think otherwise.
  3. Thou shalt wash thy hands thoroughly before sitting down to thy lace, and at frequent intervals thereafter.
  4. Thou shalt share thy skills with other lacemakers, and thou shalt pass on thy skills whenever the opportunity arises.
  5. Thou shalt use all means possible to demonstrate that lace is not a lost art.
  6. Thou shalt not roll up thy lace nor stuff it in a drawer as it is meant to be admired.
  7. Thou mayest make thy lace is any color or in white, if thou preferest.
  8. Thou shalt enjoy making thy lace, whether a novice or a master, and thou shalt care for it properly that it may be a joy to future generations of lacemakers.
  9. Thou shalt keep any competition with thy fellow lacemakers on a friendly basis.
  10. Thou shalt always remember from Whom thy skills came and thou shalt always use thy skills for good to build a lovelier world.

by Dorothy Wolfe

 

My life is but a weaving, between my God and me, I do not choose the colors, He worketh steadily, Oftimes he weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride, forget he sees the upper, and I the underside. Not till the loom is silent, and shuttles cease to fly will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why.

The Dark threads are as needful in the skillful Weaver's hand, as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.

 
"Jesus said, I have given you the Pattern. If you know these things, happy are you if you do them." -John 13:15,17
 
Time and The Tatting Bug

There are dishes int he kitchen sink, there's dust upon the floor.
The pets have all been fed today, but the cat still wants some more.
There's a garden with some flowers, that are almost choked with weeds.
But when the tatting bug has got you, then you're deaf to all these needs.

'Cause the book just in from Stateside, has new ideas galore.
And the lass who buys my bookmarks, has said she wants lots more.
So if I want to splash out, on that new expensive thread.
Then I'd better get my head down, and give up some hours in bed.

But perhaps there's just a minute, to try tatting with some beads.
Or to make that lacy butterfly, or just go where fancy leads.
'Cause all you need's a shuttle, and a ball of cotton fine.
And a quiet little corner, and some hours to just call MINE.

 
Verse: Psalm 90:17
Author: Catherine Doherty
Passage: Psalm 90
Handicrafts and Creativity

Handicrafts serve as a means of communication among people who are afraid, shy or sick, or even people who speak different languages. There is something reassuring, homey, pleasant and relaxing to see someone embroidering or knitting in an airport or on a train. One feels a trust and confidence about such a person. If one has some similar work at hand, one becomes friends almost without words. Or one might ask what the other is doing; and a bond fo friendship, gentle and warm, is established with this person who only a short time ago was a stranger. The handicraft is a bridge.

All creative effort is from God, and people who do handicrafts create. To create is to be a peace, for in creating one is joined with the Creator. Creativeness is one of the needs of our humanity and one of the fits of God to us. Handicrafts also are one more way of restoring us to wholeness in the natural and psychological order so as to better restore us to Christ. The loniness of medern people has almost reached a point of no return; but in a common effort of creativity, men and women may find someone else who is interested in similar crafts, and become friends through their craftsmanship. Friendship is still the most precious possession that a human being can share. So handicrafts open the door to both friendship and creativity. These aspects go together, for friendship both creates and demands creativity to grow.