Torchon bobbin lace is a geometric lace with a mesh ground.  It is very popular with lacemakers.  Includes the 's-Gravenmoerse motif.

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PHOTOS  Torchon ground or rose ground with floral or figural motifs, instead of the much more common geometric elements.

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What stitch is this? 6 Replies

I'm working through Discover Torchon, the first book in the 3-book series by Ulrike Voelcker. In exercise 5.2 the color-coded stitch diagram shows yellow at the base of the fan.According to the key…Continue

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Started by Sally Harrison. Last reply by Laritza Rodriguez Jan 16.

Torchon Proficiency Program 5 Replies

The International Old Lacers, Inc. has a Torchon Proficienty Program and a Torchon Mastery Program.  On their web page you can find an email address to make inquiries about these.…Continue

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Started by Lorelei Halley Administrator. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Feb 22, 2019.

Turning corners 13 Replies

I am following the Explore Discover and Master book by Ulrike Voelcker. After making all the bookmarks in the Beginners book I started with the Explore book. I am determined to learn! There are…Continue

Started by Laritza Rodriguez. Last reply by Laritza Rodriguez Feb 22, 2019.

oblique half stitch 6 Replies

Hi Kids!Hoping to get an explanation of "Oblique Half Stitch" which is on a Dutch set of bookmark patterns I'm doing, and the website referred to, "Landelijke Organisatie Kant Kunst Nederland" is…Continue

Started by Joan Williams Near. Last reply by Joan Williams Near May 16, 2016.

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Comment by Margrit Conradin on August 31, 2015 at 5:43am

Lorelei - thank you for the hint fort he books! I had downloaded "Catálogo de Encaixe Galego Tradicional" years ago because I had a lacemaking friend frrom Galicia. At that time I had not seen the other books. I downloaded them right away for consultation should I run out of ideas. Thanks again.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 30, 2015 at 4:23pm

Patricia - go to this site, where there are 3 whole books online, donated for lace makers to use. Look for the 2nd to the last cell.  They are mostly Cluny, but about 1/3 are torchon.

The one called Encaixe Galego ..  has many patterns with both an edging and an insertion, with corners. But I don't know if the insertions and edgings nest together properly to make a table cloth.

Raizame is also mostly Cluny, but with some torchon, edgings and insertions. Same as above: I don't know if they nest properly.

fios e cores has more torchon.

Of course, an alternative is not to worry about proper nesting, but to make straight strips and leave the tails as fringe. You could add extra threads to the fringe to make it look nicer. They all you need is to make insertions with the same threads, on the same pinholes-per-inch patterns. (And the patterns can all be different.)


Comment by Patricia Welna on August 30, 2015 at 6:05am
Hi everyone I am looking for a pattern to do another tablecloth for my friend, I was wondering if anyone had some ideas. Thank you
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on July 24, 2015 at 3:20pm

Yours looks very good. The method does appear to require a lot of brain work to set up and finish. But the end result looks a lot better than just folding the lace ends twice and sewing the hem down.  I have seen this method used by many Spanish lace makers (I have a picasa account and many of them post photos taken at their lace days, which occur frequently during warm weather).  Back in the 1980s, when I learned, I can't remember ever seeing this method used.

Comment by Sharon on July 24, 2015 at 4:56am

I did that for a strip of edging I made for an antimacassar, starting and stopping with a corner repeat for a neat edge. As a beginner however, I couldn't really work out how to continue the footside across the pricking, nor how to get rid of all my pairs at the end. So there is a great deal of bodging darned into the cloth hem, lol

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on July 23, 2015 at 2:57pm

Here is an idea about how to set up an edging pattern, to make a neat beginning and ending. A very clever idea, I think, and could be used for several styles of bobbin lace, although torchon would be easiest. 

Comment by Sally Jenkins on May 28, 2015 at 5:05pm

I made a bookmark with two half-stitch rectangles that share a point. Although I got the job done, it doesn't look like the picture that came with the pattern. Attaching 2 photos, one of the pattern section and finished work of the same part of the pattern (enlarged) the way it is supposed to look, and the other with the pinhole in question marked with a red circle, just to clarify my problem spot. I don't know how to use this one pinhole in two rectangles. (P.S. The red circles are orthodontic rubber bands! I use them in many different ways!) As you can see, the pattern does not specify which direction to start any of those rectangles (left to right or right to left. Thank you for any help you can send. I'd like to make this again and get it to look like this picture!

Comment by Sue Babbs on May 26, 2015 at 8:25am

The main differences which I am aware of as well as the diagonal half stitch (which can be used to fill any shape not just a triangle) are:
the ladder opening footside - perkinneke; 
the special cloth stitch block worked over 4 pins; and
the Duitse plaatje - a cloth stitch block with diagonal stripes in it, somewhat akin to a Milanese filling. 

Then apparently fan edges are worked on the existing pinholes, not moved to make a more rounded edge.

Picots are twisted 7 times according to the book which I have (Kant uit Vlaanderen en 's Gravenmoer

The ground which Patty refers to as 45 degree honeycomb is called Brabant ground in English Torchon (rozengrond or rosengrund in Dutch or German - not the same as English Rose Ground)

Comment by Rita Agius Testa on May 26, 2015 at 5:46am

10801996_617097038426045_8513928395586826781_n.jpg this my take on gravenmoerse teckniek the book on the teckniek helped a lot otherwise I would not have done and the pic with the colors on website helped too I numbered it as it was in the book It took me a few tries to achieve

Comment by Barbara Gordon on May 26, 2015 at 5:05am

I would agree Patty especially about the more confusing to work part.  I haven't done it now for a bit, and am sure hoping that I haven't forgotten.  I do have a member of my lace group who has taken a class in it and I'm sure if I had any trouble I could ask her for some assistance.  I sure hope so anyway...


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