For those who love hand made lace.
This lesson uses the techniques of the first lesson, except that for this one you hang on in pairs.
Print the file at 125%. The black pattern should be 180 mm long.
Number of bobbins = 12 pairs
Thread size = #60 cordonnet crochet cotton (DMC or Anchor), Bockens linen 50/2, Moravia linen 40/2.
Set 6 pins on the colored dots. The red, green and dark blue dots are temporary pins. Hang 4 pairs on each of the temporary pins.
Start by hanging 4 pairs on the green dot, and take the rightmost 4 bobbins and wrap them in a bundle around the green temporary pin 3 times. This will keep the bobbins from sliding around. Once you have enough stitches made, sliding around will no longer be a problem.
Set the pink pin in the middle of the black line. The leftmost 4 from the center pin will make a plait, beginning CTC. Snug it up against the pink pin. Work the plait until it reaches the 1st intersection.
This original design was carved into a wooden block, so it is not presented as modern bobbin lace patterns usually are. Treat the black lines as the paths that the various plaits will take. You have 2 choices about where to set pins. If you want rounded paths, set 3 pins, slightly spaced, smack in the middle of the black line as it makes the curve. If you prefer a pointed effect, set only 1 pin at the apex of the curve, in the middle of the black line.
Then wrap the leftmost 4 threads from the red pin around it to stop the sliding, and make a plait with the right hand 4 bobbins from the red pin. Snug up against the orange pin set at the high point. Work the plait from the orange pin to the point where it intersects with the green plait, then do a windmill crossing.
Work the green plait until it reaches the intersection with the red plait. Remove the red temporary pin and untangle the wrapped threads. Use them to make a plait, beginning with a twist, and work the plait until it intersects with the green plait. Work another windmill crossing. Work the orange, green and red plaits until their next intersections and leave them.
At this point it should be possible to remove the green temporary pin.
Untangle the 4 pairs from the green temporary pin, and make a plait towards the right with them, snug up against the pink pin. Work the plait until it reaches the intersection point with the blue plait. Take the leftmost 4 bobbins from the dark blue temporary pin and work a plait. Snug up against the light blue pin. Make it long enough to intersect with the green plait. Then do a windmill join.
From this point just work the plaits following the black lines and making windmill joins wherever they intersect.
The little empty circles should be interpreted as picots, I think.
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