Might anyone offer a beginner tips on handling braid/tape. Specifically, the process of using the pull cords to create smooth curves.  Thanks much!  I am new to battenburg and quite enthralled!


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I'll be interested to hear answers, too.

I'm a beginner bobbinlacer, but it sounds like you'd use the "pull thread" on the side of the tape that's going to be the inside of the curve while pinching the tape between finger and thumb. On the outside curve you'll have to re-space the threads evenly over the now longer other pull thread. It's like gathering fabric on basting threads to make a ruffle. For those that have never sewn, you're changing the tape's shape by moving the threads diagonally. The tape doesn't stretch up and down or side to side but it does diagonally, just like a piece of fabric. It's the opposite of "straightening the grain" in a piece of fabric before you start cutting.  If there's a ripple just past the curve just work it out down the straight part of the tape until it's gone.  

 

A useful answer, Stacy.  Thanks.

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