Lagartija
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Designed a bobbinlace border...now how to execute it in a frame around needlelace

I wanted to design a bobbin lace border to go around a piece of needlelace that I made (my first needlelace project). I tried a variety of designs and I think I've come up with the right weight…Continue

Started Dec 9, 2021

 

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Frame-Finished-01-17-22

Bobbin lace frame for my "frog" needlelace insert.Next step, sewing the frame to the insert.
Jan 17
Lagartija commented on Lagartija's photo
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"Here is the frame in progress.  You can see the magic threads tied off at the start.  I may have made a mistake by only using one magic thread for the two pairs of black bobbins and one for the two pairs of weavers....but I'll see if…"
Jan 12
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Frame border-1-12-22

This is the progress as of January 12, 2022.
Jan 12
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FramePattern

"Thank you for the advice, Jacquie.  After I posted, I kept working with my sample for another 20 inches or so.  As bobbins ran out, I started new threads using "work two as one" until I had replaced all 18 bobbins. I got a lot of…"
Jan 12
Jacquie Tinch commented on Lagartija's photo
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"Taking your last point, when you are using magic threads to start so therefore must be doing a sewn join, why would you consider having a knotted pair as the start of your workers?  Chose two similar size bobbins, measure off arm lengths of…"
Jan 12
Lagartija replied to J. Ames's discussion French Chateau Laces
"Fantastic pieces of needlelace.  I find the treatment of the buildings and the surrounding foliage so inspiring!  "
Dec 26, 2021
Lagartija replied to Trinity's discussion Linen Fabrics?
"DMC Ecru is a good match for Bockens  1/2 bleached linen.  If there is a weaver's guild near you, you could ask if someone would take a consignment to weave some plain weave linen for you.  Although my days of weaving singles…"
Dec 26, 2021
Lagartija replied to Trinity's discussion Storing lace
"You could look for the supplies you need here: https://www.universityproducts.com/archival-storage/textile-conservation"
Dec 26, 2021
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"This is the pattern for my frame.  I have watched Jenny Brandis' video on starting, using the "magic threads" technique, but I am not sure where to start each bobbin pair.  Any help here would be greatly appreciated! Because…"
Dec 25, 2021
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FramePattern

This is the frame pricking pattern. The colors show the bobbin pair travel path. Two pairs (black) stay in the ground, Two pairs (gold)stay in the fan edge. The other colors represent a single bobbin pair.
Dec 25, 2021
Lorelei Halley Administrator commented on Lagartija's photo
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"oooh I love it."
Dec 20, 2021
Lagartija posted a discussion

Designed a bobbinlace border...now how to execute it in a frame around needlelace

I wanted to design a bobbin lace border to go around a piece of needlelace that I made (my first needlelace project). I tried a variety of designs and I think I've come up with the right weight threads to get the effect I wanted. I first started with linen (Bokkens 60/2) for the footside and sewing thread for the fan shapes. The sewing thread tended to unlay as I manipulated the bobbins, so I changed to DMC cordonet 100. That worked better, but I had to make a few changes in the number of…See More
Dec 9, 2021
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Dec 9, 2021
Lagartija replied to Trinity's discussion Converting a logo to lace in the group Needle Lace
"You could put the logo in the center in plain white, then extend the wave elements and repeat plant elements in ecru.  That way you would highlight the " official" logo as designed while getting a bit more creative with the other…"
Aug 8, 2021
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Lizard-08-06-21

"Thank you! Although it is difficult to capture well in a picture, I tapered the padding on the cordonet to heighten the three dimensional effect. You might be able to see it on the front leg where the part near the shoulder is higher and thicker and…"
Aug 7, 2021
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Lizard-08-06-21

"I really like the contrast between the thick outline ridges and the flat background."
Aug 7, 2021

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What is your primary lace interest? Feel free to check more than one.
lace maker
What kinds of lace do you make or collect?
Needle lace, bobbin lace
What kinds of lace do you want to learn?
All sorts! In particular, I like Alençon and Point de Gaze
Tell us more about your lace interests.
I first learned how to make simple bobbin lace edgings quite a few years ago, but needed to refresh my technique now that I have more time to work on lace projects. I just finished my first needle lace project! I was inspired to learn how to do it because I found a piece of needle lace in a "scrap box" that another quilter gave me, but it needed repair. I decided to learn needle lace technique. I have a small collection of study samples and pieces that caught my fancy over the years, as well as some inherited pieces from my husband's family. No one in my family made such needle work.

My first needlelace project!

I first became interested in making needlelace after being given a “scrap box” of lace pieces by another quilter. Amongst the odds and ends of machine made laces, there were quite a few hand made pieces of bobbin lace, crocheted lace, tatted lace, all taken from garments. There were lace edgings and insertions and a few complete lace objects (doilies and antimacassars). One of the items in the bottom of the cardboard box was a brown, crushed and crumpled, slightly stiff lump of lace. I carefully opened it as far as I dared, and it looked like a piece of handmade needlelace. The color made me realize that it had been stored poorly for a long time and was highly acidified. There were a few areas that were stiff although most of it was slightly pliable and I knew that those really brown and stiff areas contained “dead” fibers that would not survive very long, but would soon turn to dust. What to do with it? It was not fit for study in its current state and I knew that if I moistened it to gently block it, it would probably dissolve in a self made acid bath! Although I know that the conservator's last choice is to wash an old fiber item, I decided that I would use this piece to hone my repair skills since it was pretty useless in its current state, so I would wash it.  I prepared a gentle bath that was alkaline to prevent the acidified particles from destroying the fibers when they first hit the water. I let the item soak for a few days. After lifting it out of the bath (fully supported) and rinsing very well, I gently spread it out on a towel. It must have been an insert in a table item as there were little loops and an empty place in the center of this lace frame where a solid piece of fabric might have gone. There were loops on the outside perimeter too. Most of it cleaned up surprisingly well, but the “crunchy areas” (probably bleached at some time in the past) did dissolve. For stabilization purposes, I decided to make a “center” to help bring it back into the shape of a square. I attached the loops to my newly made center square. There were some parts where the fill stitching needed to be secured against unraveling, or areas that should be connected together but no long were. I repaired these some of these connections with 185/2 cotton thread that was finer than that used for the piece, using a beading needle to disturb the stitches as little as possible as I captured the ends of threads with a weaver's knot and secured them to the cordonnet and re-attached areas that needed it. There are many more repairs of this sort that need to be made to this piece. I also thought to reconstruct the areas that had dissolved, but how would I accomplish that? I had read descriptions of making needlelace, but had never seen it done. Perhaps now would be a good time to learn!

Below is a scan of one quadrant of the lace piece that I wanted to repair. You can see my hastily made center square for stabilization. Ultimately, this piece will need to be mounted on a support fabric or mesh, but until I finish with repairs, I will leave it as is, stored flat and supported.

Online I found the videos by Michael Dennis which demonstrated how to prepare the needle pad and apply the cordonnet, and how to add the fill stitches. Basically, every step I needed was shown, worked on a simple design. I had no desire to make the flower pattern in the demonstration, and I'm not one to make “samplers” of different stitches, so I drew up my own design after being inspired by the “Chateau Placemats” in this post(http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1133537421?profile=original). I liked the lily pads and thought that water would be a good subject, since any irregularities in my beginning stitches might be used as a design element. In any case, I wanted a my design to be a bit more “organic” and flowing than a traditional, stiff formal design. I started with DMC Cordonnet Special 50, and as I moved on to the smaller items, used 60, 80 and finally 100 for the cordonnet. Originally, I was using cordonnet balls that came in that box of lace, which I thought were “white”. When I ordered some finer cordonnet in white, I could see that what I had started using was “ecru”! So I decided to use both “colors” and make it part of my design. After applying the cordonnet outline, I started the fill stitches (lower right area first). I made one row of corded Brussels (using cordonnet 50) and decided that it was too rigid. After that I just made my stitches unsupported and flow with the water. I experimented with changing stitch in mid row to “shade” an area of fill. As I became more familiar with working on the piece, I kept using finer and finer thread. I used Aurofil 50/2 and any other threads that I had on hand as long as they were 100% cotton. When I finally got to the mesh in the background, I was using 185/2 (the mesh in the background around the frog is twisted button hole stitch with two overcasts per stitch on the return). The mayfly is held in place with single strands of 185/2. I chose not to pad the cordonnet with a top thread, but just button hole stitched over it.

There were many procedural errors that I made as I learned how to do this, but I am happy with the overall effect of the final project; my very first needlelace piece! :-D The thread around the perimeter is a “place holder” for a bobbin lace “frame” (which I have yet to design) and the “stems” have a loop at the end where it will attach to the footside of the lace frame. I've already drawn up a new picture for my second needlelace project, the same size as this one and have started to apply the cordonnet. I like the portability of needlelace. I travel a lot and I can take it with me where ever I go. It is very relaxing to build up a picture stitch by stitch!

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At 9:14pm on February 5, 2016, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

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