Letter to the Readers
Every day we have more readers and subscribers both in Spain and internationally that read La Encajera. We are very pleased to receive your letters.
All of us here in Spain watched with much attention the big event of the year which was the wedding of the King's daughter Princess Cristina de Borbon with Iñaki Urdangarin in the beautiful city of Barcelona this past Oct 4th. This happy couple received many gifts, and of course, a beautiful tablecloth decorated with bobbin lace. On pages 4 and 5 you'll see one of the 13 delicate handkerchiefs that have been mounted to form the beautiful tablecloth. We offer you the pattern for both the handkerchief and the lace that borders the tablecloth.
Keeping with the royal theme, you will see a spectacular crown made with bobbin lace on pages 8 and 9. It might make you feel just a queen! It also can be used as a headpiece for a bride.
In this issue we share with our readers our visit to an exhibit of beautiful antique tapestries in the Cathedral of the coastal Mediterranean city of Tarragona. These beautiful masterpieces can be seen on pages 20 and 21, but we also encourage you to visit the exhibit in person.
Christmas time holidays are right around the corner. In Spain we decorate by erecting little stables, (among other things) and welcome the three kings who bring the gifts on January 6th. In other countries, Santa Claus (father Christmas) is responsible for the gift transport (rather than the 3 kings) and always deposits them under a decorated Christmas tree. On pages 12 and 13 we show you how to make several quick and easy ornaments for your Holiday tree. For the more expert lacemaker we offer you a little angel sitting on the moon.
Of course, if you prefer, these wonderful little pieces do not necessarily have to hang from a Christmas tree - they can serve as ornaments anytime of the year; either as a brooch, pin, or inside a greeting card. They can also be framed and given as gifts for any occasion.
The first international workshops of Javea took place. In both issues #1 and #2 we announced the contest of the logo of Javea with the beach, mountain, palm tree and sailboat. On page 15 we have the work of the winner from Meliana, Valencia. Ester Ferrando has done the logo in bobbin lace. She has also won, in addition to a basket full of lace making products and a one week trip to the Canary Islands.
In #1 issue we offered a pattern for our readers to make. We received some beautiful work, each one totally different, you can see for yourself of page 16.
In this issue we dedicate 4 pages to the museum of the city of Vamberk in the Czech Republic and to the development of lace making there. We all know that Czechs are real artists and creative in their designs. You can see on page 25 modern style Czech lace. The Czechs participate in international exhibits and many people there make a living making lace.
In our supplement of activities in the centre, there is much to choose from. You can start programming your agenda for '98.
To finish, all of us here at La Encajera wish our readers a very happy holiday season and that the three kings bring you a lot of health and happiness. Until issue # 4 in 1998!
Letter to the readers | Tablecloth of Princess Cristina de Borbon | Royal Wedding | Lace Crown | Real Cédula de Carlos III | Christmas Ideas | Lace Gathering - Alcolea de Calatrava (Ciudad Real) | Winner - First Prize From Contest of International Workshops | Earrings and Necklace | Angel on the Moon (pattern) | Instructions for Christmas and Holiday decorations | Tapestries from the Tarragona Cathedral | Vamberk Museum - Czech Republic | Puerto Rico Convention | The Fourth lace competition and exhibit for young people | Patterns Made by Readers | Typical Hunting Scene - Bobbin Lace | Letters from the readers | Supplement - Activities | Supplement - 18 Patterns