Gradually I am understanding a little more about bobbin lace and how it works although I've still a LOOOONG ways to go.
The trick, of course, is translating a pattern that looks like this:
Into something that looks like this, mostly with no instructions other than a picture to work from, or at best 3-4 lines with very general suggestions on how to get the job done.
Not entirely true on this one though as it came lavishly illustrated on about 5 pages.
My goal is to be able someday to do a pattern called Running River which my great-grandmother, Euphemia Jane Carter Freeman remembers learning to make as a lace maker in England.