Since I have learned a certain amount about Beds lace recently (see previous thread!), I thought I ought to update my website. However, since I am working outside my comfort zone, I'd appreciate anyone looking at my additions and commenting on wild inaccuracies.

I've added a new page on "Kiss":
Yes, I know I've said that the middle stitch is a cloth stitch and twist, and not a cloth stitch. But you twist the pairs afterwards, so there wouldn't be much difference. In my website, I tend to keep cloth stitch to solid cloth stitch, where there are no subsequent twists after a stitch.

I've added "Cucumber" to the tally page:
The tally page is a bit of a mess. It's a wide subject, after all. I describe my only personal technique for tallies. Then I show photos and descriptions of different tallies. Then I have a bit of vocabulary for different types of tallies for different lace traditions (hope I've got this bit right!) Then I show my own personal mistakes with tallies. This is supposed to encourage people....

I've rewritten my "Trail" page:
This is also a bit of a mess. It started with the idea that a trail is the way that Bucks Point and Beds make a 'bulge' in the width of the lace. In fact, originally it was filed under headsides, because Bucks Point does use trails in this way. I've now added a second half to the page, for Beds lace, explaining how the trails join, and so on.

By the way, I call Beds lace (mostly) English Midland. This is partly local patriotism, since that lace  spread as far as Cambridgeshire, my own county. It also covered other counties as well.

Comments invited. Firstly as to accuracy, and secondly, as to comprehension.

By the way, I've left out (for now) the idea of treating the pairs in a plait joining a trail as single threads, to squash them up more. I'll try it myself first, to check I understand it.

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Kiss. Yes. well done.

tallies    "Here the worker pairs from each tally are used to make the cucumber". I think you meant to say worker pairs from each TRAIL   

trail. well done. But "Green is a plait, red is a cucumber, pink is a plait and blue is a kiss."  Green is actually a regular tally. The other identifications are correct.

Thank you - that's a great help. Both of those were brain slippages!

It's exactly this kind of thing that helps my website. I don't know it, I learn it, I put it on my website, maybe other people learn it! But it must be accurate, of course.


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