...what if you could weave a meditative ritual
into a lace-making session?

I’ve cooked up just that... :)

Sometimes we get so wound up in the fastness and loudness of the world, forgetting the importance of unplugging to make space for some of the things that we know to be most nourishing... Long Sunday lunches with friends, going for walks alone in nature, writing, learning new things, and crafting with our hands. 

That's why I decided to prepare a video + written guide that will walk you through the making of a simple Sol lace. A needle-lace technique I began to study in my homeland of Puerto Rico, and that has become a key aspect of my current work. With this guide, you will learn a vocabulary of basic stitches with which you can also continue to experiment, play, and make.

Throughout our journey, I'll invite you to focus on the slow, meditative process and fully taste the richness of this time with yourself.


mindful making explorations


a video demonstration: creating the Sol cushion

Sol lace is traditionally worked over a cushioned base. This essential tool is easy to make, and requires only four ingredients: needle, thread, scissors, and a piece of fabric. In this video, I will guide you through the process of building your own, from scratch!

a guide booklet: creating the Sol lace

Clear and complete instructions on starting and finishing a piece of Sol lace. The guide also contains prompts that invite you to prepare yourself and your workspace for a mindful-making practice.

The guide is meant to be used offline and is therefore provided in written form to download and print yourself. All you need is access to a printer that can print double-sided documents.

patterns: for cushion and Sol 

These paper patterns will aid you in the process of cutting and assembling your Sol cushion, and as map for the Sol lace making.
The instructions in the video and PDF booklet will walk you through all the steps.

who is crafting this?

Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda

I am an artist/artisan/concoctionist exploring the wonders of a committed, laborious practice and celebrating the magical process of slow meditative making. 

You can discover more via www.zagb.net + www.balmaseda.com and zaidibirin

If you have any questions, feel free to connect via email or the social links below.