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Article from Threads magazine

April M. Mohr, contributor

What is Bobbin Lace?
Bobbin lace has been around since the 16th century where it evolved from passementerie (braid-making) in Italy. The yarns and threads used in bobbin lace became finer and colors more beautiful over the years. The lace was originally used to make braids and beautiful edging. Because making bobbin lace didn't require expensive tools or notions and it was relatively easy to learn, it became popular as a way for women to earn a living. Until the invention of lace-making machines, hand lace-making continued to be popular throughout Europe, especially when lace-trimmed garments and other lace products were in vogue.
Today bobbin lace is considered a fine but not particularly popular craft. It is made with a variety of natural and synthetic fibers as well as with wire and other filaments. The techniques used today are similar, if not identical, to the techniques used years ago, with perhaps a more intricate repertoire of lace patterns among today's lace makers.
Bobbin lace is made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on bobbins to manage them--hence its name. It is sometimes known as bone lace because early bobbins were made of bone or ivory or pillow lace because the lace is formed over some sort of pillow. As the work progresses, the weaving is held in place with pins set in a lace pillow, the placement of the pins are usually determined by a pattern or pricks pinned on the pillow.
Meet Bobbin Lace Hat Designer Daniela BanatovaI was lucky enough to meet (electronically) Daniela Banatova who has worked with bobbin lace for some time. Her work is amazing because it is so different from the types of ready-made lace we see today. Daniela makes hats using this technique, often using contrasting colors. She learned the technique while attending art textile design school. Her goal has been to give this old technique a new language and use it in new forms of "modern art." She is currently creating hats which will be exhibited in April in Prague. Daniela was born in the Czech Republic, but currently lives and works in Florida.

How To Make Bobbin Lace HatsDaniela uses old felt hats for a "pillow" on which to secure her stitches. She draws basic design lines on the felt hat with chalk. Than she uses her bobbins to begin to work around this pillow creating small sections at a time. She connects them using a crochet hook.When she's done with the hat crown, she sketches the shape of the brim on a piece of white paper making sure the center of this circle fits into the opening of the hat and creates a brim. Then she neatly sews the two parts together, and lastly adds starch as a stiffener. She puts the finished hat back on the felt pillow and sprays starch over it. When it's dry, she repeats this step one more time. Contrary to almost all lace makers today, she does not draw her design in great detail. She simply makes a basic sketch, and lets her imagination lead her design as it is created. This makes each of her hats unique. Why does she do this? "I think every woman wants to have something uniquely special--something that no one else has." Inspiration for her hats comes from nature, but her style inspiration comes primarily from the 1920s through the 1940s. She considers this period a time when fashion emphasized female beauty and originality. I am thoroughly amazed by the detail in her hats, and one of these days, I'd like to give this unusual art form a try.Have you ever tried bobbin lace? If so, tell us about your experience.


Art club brings benches of Belleview a colorful makeover


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Artist Daniela Bamatova, seals the paint on a sun painted on the top of picnic table Wednesday. Members of the Art Club of Belleview were busy painting and sealing picnic tables at Lake Lillian Park Wednesday afternoon, August 11, 2010. This a project that the club has tackled to introduce more culture to the residents of Belleview. "Ocala has the horses, we have the picnic tables," Belleview City Commissioner Gary Ernst and artist Daniela Bamatova(cq) said Wednesday. The picnic tables are painted with cartoon like characters while others are painted with abstract imagery or hearts.
Published: Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.

BELLEVIEW - Art appreciation will soon be a walk in the park.

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Members of the Art Club of Belleview were busy painting and sealing picnic tables at Lake Lillian Park Wednesday afternoon, August 11, 2010. This a project that the club has tackled to introduce more culture to the residents of Belleview. "Ocala has the horses, we have the picnic tables," Belleview City Commissioner Gary Ernst and artist Daniela Bamatova said Wednesday. The picnic tables are painted with cartoon like characters while others are painted with abstract imagery or hearts. One can sponsor a picnic table for just a lifetime sponsorship of $25.
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The Art Club of Belleview, as part of its mission to bring culture to the small city, is painting all of the benches at City Hall Park, Lake Lillian and other city parks.

Daniela Banatova said the club designed the public art project as a way to make art more approachable and accessible.

"Belleview desperately needs culture," she said. " 'Bella' means beautiful in French. We hope to bring Belleview's name to its parks."

Each table will have unique themes, from an abstract shell painting to one table featuring polka-dotted hearts.

"In Ocala they have those (Horse Fever) horses," she said. "This is for the people here. They will actually live with it."

Banatova hopes it spurs an art movement in the city, she said as a small girl looked at the cartoon character painted on one of the benches.

Businesses and residents can sponsor tables for $25. City Commissioner Gary Ernst pitched the sponsorship idea, Banatova said, before sponsoring his own table. Each picnic table must be transported to the artist's home due to the steamy weather. It usually takes a week to finish a table.

Artist Christine Slocum said she was initially dismayed by the idea, but "I like to be challenged with different shapes."

While there is a chance the benches could be defaced, Banatova said she believes the community is too tight-knit to allow it to happen.

Slocum, who has been painting since early childhood, said she hopes the project opens the door for residents to appreciate and create art.

"Everybody has different things to contribute to a community," she said. "We have art. Hopefully some people get a smile out of it."

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Belleview celebrates 125 years with family-friendly events, prizes

By Jackie Alexander
Staff writer

Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:24 p.m.

Belleview has grown from the small town it was when Linda Evans moved there in 1970.

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Daysi Robinson laughs as she watches an artist finish a caricature of her and her grandfather at the 2008 Founder's Day in Belleview.
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If you go
What: Belleview Founder's Day
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Belleview City Hall, 5343 S.E. Abshier Blvd.
Cost: Free.
Information: 245-2178

"There wasn't even a red light," she said.

Then came the Winn-Dixie. A K-Mart.

"It's just been a tremendous change since 1970," she said.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Belleview's incorporation, which is being celebrated on Saturday with the annual Founder's Day festival.

The town began around Lake Lillian, when Marion Land and Improvement Co. bought the land.

Belleview, or beautiful view, was named after early setter John Franklin Pelot's daughter.

Voter turnout was better the first election than in recent years: 74 of 100 registered voters cast a ballot.

Today, more than 4,000 people call the City Around the Lake home.

Saturday will be Linda Evans' 40th Founder's Day.

"The people put so much into it," she said. "To me, it's a blessing."

Founder's Day will feature the traditional Miss Belleview pageant, among other pageants.

The all-day family event starts with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Mayor Tammy Moore will present six keys to the city to influential members of the city.

New this year, said Chamber of Commerce's Mariah Chaffin, is a free hot-dog eating contest, reminiscent of Takeru Kobayashi's intestinal feats at Coney Island.

For those more rhythmically inclined, there will be a Guitar Hero tournament. On-site registration is available for both.

The chamber, as well as Sweetbay and RaceTrac gas station, will be urging residents to "shop local" with a giveaway.

Participants can enter receipts from local participating businesses in a raffle for $300 in groceries and gas. There will also be other prizes given away.

Being at home is one reason Evans, who received a key to the city, enjoys living in Belleview.

"When you go to the bank or you go to the store, the people know you," Evans said. "Everybody knows everybody in Belleview ... just about."

The size of the town keeps key recipient Daniela Banatova coming back, despite many trips to show art across the world.

Banatova moved to Belleview about 20 years ago from the Czech Republic.

For the past three years, the Art Club of Belleview, which Banatova founded, has participated in Founder's Day.

"This is something that is growing," she said. "It's something that's bringing back memories and showing how the town is changing."

Chaffin said nearly all residents attend Founder's Day festivities. Some 3,500 people took part last year.

With society growing more sequestered, Founder's Day is a needed technology break, Banatova said.

"It's important for society to get back to enjoying being with each other," she said.