I'm feeling guilty because last night, having given up on my thread for being too thick after working 1.5 inches of a Torchon learning piece, I cut off the threads, rewound the bobbins with thinner thread, and knotted them back on to the work!  It looks like a dogs breakfast with all the little knots and short ends, but this way I didn't have to start all over again.  It's just a practice piece (Pricking 3 from Pamela Nottingham's Torchon chapter) so once I get past the mess of knots I can keep going on the pattern that I've learned. I used the Weaver's Knot so I could snug the knots tightly up to the pins.

I know I should have pulled out all the pins, rewound the bobbins properly and started fresh, so I felt like I was living dangerously.

What crimes against Lace have other beginners committed?

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I've done basically the same thing with tatting where I messed up and then cut that part off later, don't think any crime was committed only an admission that the thread was wrong.  Think it was clever myself and something I would do LOL

I realized about 1/4 of the way through a tape lace piece that I was doing my corners wrong. Like little gaps in the tape wrong on every curve. 

The confession part? It's under a deadline, I decided it was a 'design element' and figured I'd just keep doing them wrong through the whole thing. 

That doesn't sound like a crime to me - it sounds very sensible! The point of your current work is learning, not the look or use of the final piece.

There are some people who think that using colour, especially combinations of colour, in lace is a crime. In which case I definitely plead guilty.

Some people think that a particular pattern of lace should be made with a specific thickness of thread - again - guilty!

Or that you shouldn't mix techniques from different styles of lace (if you design lace) - that you must use the specific type of footside for this style, or not do Bucks Point techniques on a Torchon grid - I'm guilty!

I think that a short-cut which sometimes does make me feel guilty (when designing lace) is often using a Winkie pin footside with a single passive. A winkie pin takes one less pair of bobbins, and a single passive obviously uses less, so it's quicker to work, and footsides are so boring to do... But this is MY lace, and that's the way I do it!


Lol, there's a saying in my other hobby of quilting: "There are no quilt police!".  I think more people would enjoy doing hobbies if there were fewer 'police persons' saying "can't" and "must" and more encouragement to try new things even if you don't have exactly the right equipment or aren't doing it exactly in accordance with best practice.

And to Heather Bogart: I have lots of design elements in all my hobbies :) I generally reckon that nobody is going to be scrutinising my work with the original pattern/pricking/chart in their other hand to compare with, so as long as it looks good then I'm happy.

I think it added more learning to the process so it was a good thing.  You learned how to add more thread.  You learned how the same pattern looks in different thread thicknesses and different densities!  And you learned something that you dont like the looks of so you wont do it later!

Lace on!

lisa

My first strip of cloth stitch and half stitch was so bad I threw it out, so there wouldn't be any evidence!  And another - while I was working samples for my book of TORCHON BOBBIN LACE PATTERNS, I worked one of them with 4 different interpretations of the pricking in the same lace. That is OK. The crime part is that when working one of the corners I forgot which version I was making and did 2 neighboring elements differently. I didn't notice the error until I was about 6 inches further down that side. I was just too lazy to undo all of that. An oops immortalized.


Ok, lace newbie here, I can't see any differences?


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My first strip of cloth stitch and half stitch was so bad I threw it out, so there wouldn't be any evidence!  And another - while I was working samples for my book of TORCHON BOBBIN LACE PATTERNS, I worked one of them with 4 different interpretations of the pricking in the same lace. That is OK. The crime part is that when working one of the corners I forgot which version I was making and did 2 neighboring elements differently. I didn't notice the error until I was about 6 inches further down that side. I was just too lazy to undo all of that. An oops immortalized.

Guilty of thatI'm currently

…currently working on the Flanders piece from the most recent IOLI bulletin.  Put the pricking on "backwards" - caused me no end of trouble!  Thought if I just kept working I'd get if figured out, finally gave up after about 4 inches and started over.  Then I kept getting mixed up with "open" and "closed" methods.  Now that I'm on the right track, I find I'm kind of tired of it and think I'll start something new!

In my photo above, there should be a square tally inside each oval space surrounded by gimp. But at the corner there is a great big hole. Now, holes are a legitimate way of interpreting the pattern, but there should have been a square tally where the hole is. Every time I look at that lace I cringe.

What other crimes? -- don't ask!!!!!!!!! :)

I think you are very sensible to do what you have done. It is just a learning practice piece, so why wast time and effort winding bobbins to start again.. Knotting on sounds good to me!  Live as dangerously as you like!!

I am noted for being a bit "Radical"!!! The Thought Police would have a field day at my place!!  :)


Oh wow!  I thought the hole was a design feature!  I think this is the kind of 'ooops' that only you would know about, especially if there aren't three other corners to compare to.


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My first strip of cloth stitch and half stitch was so bad I threw it out, so there wouldn't be any evidence!  And another - while I was working samples for my book of TORCHON BOBBIN LACE PATTERNS, I worked one of them with 4 different interpretations of the pricking in the same lace. That is OK. The crime part is that when working one of the corners I forgot which version I was making and did 2 neighboring elements differently. I didn't notice the error until I was about 6 inches further down that side. I was just too lazy to undo all of that. An oops immortalized.

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