I started this piece of bobbin lace 18 months ago.......
It's been the hardest piece I've ever done and I'm really proud of it. I'm working towards the intermediate lace guild assessment and I've still really a long way to go before my portfolio is ready - at least a year.
Every Thursday evening I have a 2 hour lesson - well it's more of a chat, cup of tea and a lesson.
I really enjoy the challenge of making lace - although it's easier that you might think it's can still be quite challenging. I don't need to spend much money either. Bobbins can be expensive if you want them to be but once you're set up with a pillow and bobbins there isn't much else to get. Each year there are several lace fairs and I'm lucky enough to live close to two. Anything I need I can get there - patterns, threads odds and ends.
It's so sad that since the introduction of machine lace there really isn't any need to make lace - but then when has need had anything to do with it. Cross stitch, knitting, quilting always seem to have times when they are really popular - lace making just doesn't seem to get that popularity.
If you've ever thought you'd like to have a go - see if you can find a teacher nearby and try it. In about 20 years I think there will be very few people making bobbin lace and that would be a great shame.