I have been contacted by a Dutch lacemaker who asked me what "punto de ajedrez" and "punto monja" are. They are grounds, and from their names, Spanish. I haven't heard of either of them. She gave a YouTube video of "punto de ajedrez" (which means, I guess, checkerboard ground) and it looks like a rose ground but the centre filled in with cloth stitch. (The video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RFC5RX7zUs for anyone who's interested - but it's in Spanish!)

But I can't find anything about ''punto monja". "monja" means nun. Anyone got any ideas?

I'm sorry if this isn't a fit subject for a beginner's forum. But I'm a beginner in Spanish lace! (As in, I haven't even started yet...)

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I would like to see both results, definitely!

I worked a bit of this stitch yesterday, following my own notes on the video, and found it fun and easy. From what I can see among the pins, it looks lovely. I'll take a photo tonight, when I've worked far enough down to take out some pins and have a proper picture.

So here's the segment of "punto ajedrez" (chessboard stitch) I worked. Once I have the piece off the pillow, I'll take another photo to show how it looks from the front. I have to say that so far it's my favorite rose ground variation. Very easy to make, and it looks lovely.

Fascinating. Thanks for posting this.

I've had a go at "punto de ajedrez", and it seems to work. Here is a photo.

I've also described how to do it on my website:

http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/grcheq.htm


Looks great! I'll have my piece off the pillow this evening, so I'll take a better photo. I think I'm going to be using this stitch very often, I really enjoyed making it.


Jo Edkins said:

I've had a go at "punto de ajedrez", and it seems to work. Here is a photo.

I've also described how to do it on my website:

http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/grcheq.htm

For those of you who have been following this discussion, I have now updated my website with an explanation of how to do "punto de ajedrez", which I call Chequerboard ground:
  http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/grcheq.htm
and how to do twisted hole ground, or "punto monja":
  http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/grhole.htm
Many thanks for those who helped!
I've also designed a pattern using both of them:
  http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/pat297.htm

That looks lovely! And you just reminded me that I forgot to include a photo of my finished sampler, so here goes:



Jo Edkins said:

For those of you who have been following this discussion, I have now updated my website with an explanation of how to do "punto de ajedrez", which I call Chequerboard ground:
  http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/grcheq.htm
and how to do twisted hole ground, or "punto monja":
  http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/grhole.htm
Many thanks for those who helped!
I've also designed a pattern using both of them:
  http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/pat297.htm

Marisa

Your sample looks good.

Jo

I love your new web page, especially the animated stitches! Great work !!!

Lorelei

I think this is very similar to  ground 3019 in Grunde mit System by Uta Ulrich.  The main difference I can see is how the corners are worked.

Do you have a CT description of that ground?

Yes. I can post it when I get home from work in about 10 hours.

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