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 MARIA PIROTTA on June 16, 2014 at 1:49am

Hanging 2 pairs on each pin is good but I would add 3 pairs on the first pin so that 1 pair will be a worker.  You then hang on pairs and take them in as you go along.  Hope you will be able to work it out.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 15, 2014 at 2:10pm

Most of the French language books I have (I don't have the one you are using) show the number of bobbins to hang on, not the number of pairs.

Does the book show a close up of the beginning corner of the shawl? That might make it easier to figure out what was intended.  Either their weaver path is not complete, or there are some pinholes missing on the left.  Or the photo may show us what they did.

Comment by Arlene Cohen on June 15, 2014 at 8:49am

Can anyone help me here?  I'm all ready to begin a major project - a shawl from the book "La Dentelle Torchon Nouvelles Creations" by Martine Piveteau.  74 pairs of bobbins all wound.  Pricking prepared.  And I've just spent the last hour trying to figure out how the heck to get things going!  I *get* the idea, I think, that 4 pairs need to enter each place indicated, and, at the same time, I can't figure out how to do this.  The book is in french, but I was able to translate the few instructions via the internet and nothing of real help.  The only thing I have is the little corner with a few markings, as shown in the photo below.  If I put in two pairs at each pin, I don't get how to start the cloth stitch edge (trail?).  Any thoughts?  Beginnings are always so challenging for me.  Many thanks!

Comment by Kate Bainbridge on May 31, 2014 at 6:16am

I am scared stiff about the moving bit, but with luck my lace teacher will help me. I guess that when you have done it once you get the hang of it.Actually having read your latest kind comment Elizabeth, it does not sound too bad.

I have printed off all these comments to take to lace class for others to know what to do too. Many thanks Kate

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on May 30, 2014 at 8:16pm

That is what it is all about, Kate, - helping each other.

You don't need much of a dome for the pad. I use just 4 layers of thin felt. It is enough to hold the pins while I move it all up the pillow.  My pins usually got through the pad into the pillow, so I have to ease them up a bit, and then the whole lot has to be forcibly peeled off, and then after moving, the pins are pressed down into the pillow again.

Comment by Kate Bainbridge on May 30, 2014 at 4:13am
How kind of you all to help me. I am in the middle of making up my felt pad. I had loads of it in the cupboard. My lace teacher helped me she had loads of fleece and we are getting a good dome.
Thank you all very much. Where would we be without this site. I would be lost and that's for sure! Kate
Comment by MARIA PIROTTA on May 29, 2014 at 12:43am

I also work my lace as Elizabeth does but instead of felt i use a flat piece of stiff packing that is usually used for packing up laptops.  I know of someone who uses a mouse pad but personally I think it is too hard.  It is quite easy when I need to put up the lace  I do not need to take off the pins.  I just pull it off and then i press the pins again on the pillow. Yes the bobbins are tied  and put in a bundle in a cloth.  I also like to use rubber bands for  each section before putting them in a bundle. Mind you I think the flat pillow that I mentioned earlier you do not need  to take it off if it is longer then the 24" that cut a bigger pillow.  I also hope that I am making sense in my explanation.


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on May 28, 2014 at 11:43pm

I made a felt pad with about 4 layers of felt, each layer a bit smaller than the previous one, so it sort of domes in the middle. As you get to the end of the pricking, you put the pad under, with the thickest part just at the bottom of the pricking. You have a 2nd pricking which you butt up to the first one,- also on the top, thickest, part of the felt pad, and continue working onto the new pricking., when all the pins are on the new pricking - or most of them anyway, you can move the new pricking with the pins held in the pad beneath it, and you wrap your bobbins in the cover cloth, (bundle them up so they don't drag ) and move the whole lot. the pins will stay in the pricking, and you can just push them more firmly into the pillow, if you wish, - and keep going!  Lorelei's diagrams are excellent - as usual!

I hope this makes sense. I am madly waving my hands around...!!!  :)

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on May 28, 2014 at 2:21pm

red is pricking.      green is felt pad or layers of wool cloth

Comment by Kate Bainbridge on May 28, 2014 at 10:53am
Many thanks Elizabeth. I aam going to give this a try, but I have ever successfully moved apiece of lace up. I do not know what is meant by working onto a pad rather than actually moving a piece by taking out the pins. This sounds like a much better idea.

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