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I just posted this lace lesson 6.  But I've never been very good at ending a piece of lace.  Laces with just a braided foot are especially a problem, for me at least.  I like the way the lace looks, but the ending is a nightmare.

 

I've tried weaving the ends into the braids, but that is nearly as bad.  Has anybody else made a lace like this, with a braided foot?  How did you solve the problem?

I always have untidy sewings when I end off. I wish I could do it more neatly!

I see you appear to have braided the ends and then overcast them to the foot braid. this looks more lumpy than me sewing in.

I was originally shown to take one thread of the bundle, and overcast the other 3 threads to the footside , - and at all the junctions. If there are jut 2 threads, one thread overcasts the other down neatly at the back.  If there are the 4 - then one thread overcasts the bundle to wherever it will lie hidden.

I always go green with envy when I see the neat finishes some people manage to get!!!  :)


One school of thought is that you have to consider the purpose of the lace. If it is to be put on a linen that will be frequently washed, the ending should be more secure and perhaps less beautiful. If it is something to be framed, it can be less secure and more beautiful. This looks very secure, and if it were to be sewn to the edge of a linen, you probably wouldn't see the things on the back because they would be hidden by the linen. As Liz says, taking one of four threads and over-casting the others is probably less bulky than plaiting them. If you want to make a fetish of it, you can divide them into two thread pairs going different directions, or you could decrease the bundle one thread at a time. Of ccourse if you are going in two thead groups in different directions, then you will probably be taking threads up into the body of the lace which is more conspicuous than finishing  at the edge. After overcasting, prior to cutting off, I was taught to take the thread with the needle through another thread for extra security at the end. For a tough lace like this one, I have seen the ends knotted firmly and just cut off close to the knot.


Elizabeth Ligeti said:

I always have untidy sewings when I end off. I wish I could do it more neatly!

I see you appear to have braided the ends and then overcast them to the foot braid. this looks more lumpy than me sewing in.

I was originally shown to take one thread of the bundle, and overcast the other 3 threads to the footside , - and at all the junctions. If there are jut 2 threads, one thread overcasts the other down neatly at the back.  If there are the 4 - then one thread overcasts the bundle to wherever it will lie hidden.

I always go green with envy when I see the neat finishes some people manage to get!!!  :)

I tend to think always of making a secure end.  I should develop more flexibility about that.  I think I will use this to decorate a pincushion.  That way I think I may be able to hide the mess.  Thanks for your input.

If you are going to frame the lace, - then just knot off well, and pull the ends through to the back of the mount, and tie them off there - hidden behind everything!! :)

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