Do you remember the design challenge opened by Lorelei in May? http://laceioli.ning.com/forum/topics/photos-to-look-at

Conditions were: a small mat 4 x 6 inches, cloth stitch, half stitch and tallies.

So here is my lace:

I used two mouline threads (various nuances of beige, yellow and brown, gray-blue). The drawing is also enclosed. Try to make your own design!

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I like that!

 Very nice design, I love the colors

Brona

This is absolutely fantastic!  Beautiful and elegant.  THANK YOU!

I think all it would require a lacemaker to know is cloth stitch, half stitch, tallies, turning stitch, sewings. (Maybe even turning stitch isn't necessary.)

I suppose you started by working the dark part first.  Then either the left or right section started from the outer edge, working towards the dark part, and sewing out onto the dark part.  The the other section similarly, starting at the outer edge, working towards the dark part, etc.

Congratulations, Brona. Your creation is beautiful!

But, Lorelei, I am afraid I disagree a little with you. To create Brona's design or Daniela's or any other beautiful and "correct" creation, you don't just need to know the basic stitches. In fact, in the Czech Republic lacemakers have usually studied many years since they are little, not only how to work the stitches but also how to make their own designs. They have been designing from very early, so they have a creative mind.

On the other hand, I would say it is elemental to know not just the basic stitches, but also a lot of technique. If you observe Czech motifs, they are very well made, have perfect curves and points, perfect joinings and sewings, perfect leaves, perfect startings and finishings... and the stitches fit perfectly in the designs. Even if it looks simple, I think it is not. The difficulty, in fact, lies in making look easy what is not so easy.

Antje, I agree, it is not easy. But only practice can help. You can try it - maybe with errors, but next time it will be better and then even better. A good teacher can be very useful, a own way is much more difficult and slow...

Antje and Brona

When I said it wouldn't be too difficult to make, I was not disparaging the effort, or diminishing the value of the piece.  I was thinking of a relatively new lacemaker who might want to try and make the piece from Brona's design and photo.  Brona's photo shows a piece with perfect technique and masterly control.  A new lacemaker would probably not execute the design with such a level of skill and perfection, but she might understand how to execute it, using skills learned relatively early in her course as lacemaker.

I'm always thinking about creating designs that relatively new lacemakers can attempt, designs that are beautiful, artistic, and that don't use advanced or complex technique.  And in terms of creating designs, I am also always thinking about how to stimulate relatively new lacemakers to try and create their own designs.  One doesn't need to be a master lacemaker to create a design.  A master lacemaker, such as Brona, will produce an artwork.  But a new lacemaker can still invent something that is worth making, just using the techniques she knows.  When I issued that challenge I was thinking about both of these problems: beautiful modern lace that a new lacemaker would know enough to execute, and encouraging new lacemakers to try designing by showing them examples of what is possible without advanced technique.

Lorelei,

\uap> no problem, I understand. You're talking about the technique, Antje (and me too) about the designing.

\uap>Your idea is very good and I would like to help you. Here is my second design (only drawing) for beginners. They can try to use different colors, stitches, or even to change the drawing. I wish much success!!!

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Perhaps I didn't understand you properly, Lorelei. To work these modern designs may not be difficult. But designing them is what I think is difficult and here you need to know more than just the basics. Of course, this is my point of view, influenced by my own experience: I find it difficult to design something worth. 

Brona, I like your designs: very elegant and decorative.

Dear Brona,

I love these designs, and as Lorelei says they are executed with perfect technique and masterly control. I wish my lace looked like this! 

When I work a tape, I usually put the pin where the thread tells me to put it, so to speak. However, I see that you have the worker lines drawn in ahead of time, and perhaps that is why the piece looks so beautifully executed. Do you work this out with a ruler and drawing tools using some kind of principle? In this second design, some of the holes are close together some far apart. In some cases it doesn't look like the worker in one strip will actually have a pin-hole to sew into in the next strip. So, is the design theoretical, or do you not sew into pinholes?

Devon,

you are right, in this case the strips are curved, then the lines are theoretical and the pin-holes must be more or less adapted.

Devon

Also it often happens in tape lace or Duchesse, where there is only a line drawing and no pinholes, that 2 parts that touch don't have the weaver sewing onto a previous part at every pinhole.  It isn't necessary to sew at every pinhole.  Every 2nd or 3rd pinhole is enough for stability.  I think, in this piece, that having the weaver line drawn in will help the lacemaker keep the weaver at an angle that will be pleasing to the eye.

Brona: this one is even better than the first.  Wow!

Yes, this is nice. Have you made it up? If you have, I'd like to see it.

Devon

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