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This work is going much better now, but just coming to the corner and I'm working out how to get it right. It's only a practice piece so far.
Now that sounds like a real good idea and one that I shall put into practise. Thank you Nancy, much appreciated.
One thing my lace teacher taught me was to make several copies of my prickings so that I could overlay the pattern at the end of one pricking sheet and the start of the next, rather than to try and pull and remount. Inevitably as soon as you take the tension off the lace it shrinks. So I can imagine how frustrated you were to not be able to unpin and re-pin.
I made the treads this short to transfer the lace to the top of the pattern again Gabriele and had an elastic band on them. I think that is what messed up my lace. The treads pulled the lace out of shape this way and I could not get it right again. I take your point of leaving them longer - thank you - and of putting the bobbins into a proper tied in a cloth.
Are you really working with the thread this short or was this just for the picture? I tend to keep the thread about as long as my bobbins, maybe a bit longer. It gives you more room to move them about.
If you intend to move your lace without any pins in it it would dewfinitely be wise to keep the threads longer and lose with the boobins tied in a cloth and pinned down so they have no chance to pull on the lace while it is unsupported. Said cloth might be used between bobbins and pricking while working. This will keep you pillow clean and threads from snagging on the pricking or the pins keeping it on the pillow.
Yes, I had to abandon this particular work because when I took it off and put it on to do the new 'down' I messed it up. So as it was only a practise piece anyway I decided that I would start it again. So that is the plan now. It is still very satisfying to work lace, even when difficulties arise. Thank you very much for you help.
Yes, the essential thing about corners is that there is a point where the lace work changes direction -- a new "down" goes into effect. It looks as if you found the right place to stop. Of course it is hard to see for sure with all the pins.
I have a torchon scarf pattern that I'm working on which is created by doing a serpentine pattern of lace creation in order to create the length of the fabric. Once I learned that "down" is variable, and learned to look at each new spin of the pillow as the "new down", it made all the difference. You're doing a lovely job - good luck with that corner!
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