When Ed and I lived on Tropic Moon, our sailboat, we spent a year at the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. During that time I studied bobbin lace with a class of Maltese women. My teacher was a nun named Sister Alberta. She spoke almost no English and the other women in the class would translate for me. It was a three-year course of study, with new stitches and projects to be done each year. Since I was only at Malta for a year, Sister Alberta was kind enough to teach me all three years of stitches, and give me paper patterns for all the projects. Here’s a postcard from Malta showing a traditional Maltese woman making lace. I had one of the cushions shown in the picture. It was brown paper stuffed with straw, and was called a tribu.