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Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire bobbin lace is a braid/plait based straight lace.  The designs usually involve a graceful clothwork trail that meanders through the design, and are usually curvilinear rather than geometric (except for the simplest ones).  The ground is usually a 4 strand plait/braid, often with picots.  The more complex designs often require threads to be constantly added and removed to achieve a good density.

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Hi all: I have always only done torchon lace and am now learning to do Bedfordshire lace. I am looking for basic advice. How does one know when to leave the pins standing up and when to push them all…Continue

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 12, 2013 at 4:01pm

A beautiful Bedfordshire hankie.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 8, 2012 at 7:36pm

Pattern 7 done!!!     

This was supposed to be an exercise in adding and removing pairs from the trail to keep it smooth. As you can see I didn't do too well. But I added one pair because I didn't like only 2 pairs in the trail at the high point. The first side drove me nuts, but after the halfway point I really enjoyed doing it. When she designed the pattern she made the trail exactly the same width throughout, which exacerbated the too-many-threads problem. Most Bedfordshire trails get a little wide near the footside because there are usually more threads in the trail at that point. I’m beginning to get a sense for how to design Bedfordshire. Not quite there yet, but the goal is in view.

I'm not going to show you how I attached the lace to itself at the end. I made a mess. My excuse is my deteriorating eyesight. I don't really care about the other aspects of aging, but the eyesight thing is very frustrating.  Actually tragic is a more accurate word.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 14, 2012 at 4:48pm

I've set myself the project of working through all of Underwood's patterns in her 20 LESSONS.  Last night I set up pattern 7.  I enlarged the pattern, and have had trouble getting the right match of thread to pattern, but finally I solved it.  I had to enlarge the pattern more than I expected in order to work with the thread size I wanted to use.

I already know the techniques in her first 10 patterns, but decided to go systematically anyway, just in case she might have something useful to say that I hadn't heard before.  What I like about her book is that she tells you alternate ways of solving the particular pattern.  So you learn how to think about solving problems, not just how to work that particular pattern.

I'll post a photo when I get to the end.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on April 8, 2012 at 1:49am

Yes, this piece is on the front cover of the first Barbara Underwood book that she published.

I used Coats poly cotton "Duet"- rotten to work with as the half hitches diod not want to stay put!, but the piece never creases!!  I used it as a learning piece and did raised tallies all around the trails, as well as in the crossings.  I worked it wrongly - did not know enough at the time, but managed to fudge it, and being in a dark colour the mistakes are hard to see!!!

I thought it was no good making white lace to wear on my head - Flaunt it if you have it!!!!!!! :)  So used navy!!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 7, 2012 at 11:06pm

It's a beautiful piece, and complicated.

Comment by Helen Bell on April 7, 2012 at 8:37pm

Yes, Mum made that cap and lappets.  I think it's from one of Barbara Underwood's books, if my memory serves me right.  It's made in navy blue - the photo may not show that clearly.  I think she used a sewing cotton?

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 7, 2012 at 5:37pm

Liz wearing the Beds cap and lappets from Underwood's book.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/-VjgP1lkA8cY/TifCvWp8zyI/AAAAAAAAADY/ayjICVDOL... 

I think Liz made it, but the website wasn't perfectly clear about that.

 

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