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First neat sampler

I'm calling this neat because Lorelei said it was, but it would look a lot better stretched on a frame. There are around 25 patterns represented here. Let me see if I can enumerate them in order. I'm going to order a square embroidery frame for working on things like this.

Square 1: Ringed back over 4 threads, 3 rings. Ringed back over 3 threads, two rows. Offset back stitch to take up the space at the…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 9, 2021 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Thread size systems

I got curious and found this. Lordy, lordy! what a mess. But there is a handy chart.

https://fashion-incubator.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Thread_Sizes.htm

Added by Claudia Crowley on May 7, 2021 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

A backstitchy kind of thing and satin stairsteps

I don't like it much. There are many prettier backstitch patterns like ringed back, small ringed back, squares, and Agnes Leach's #37 which I independently worked out. 

This next is hard to count right, and wasn't; and as you can see the blocks should be connected differently…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 3, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Diagonal 4-sided stitch

Two kinds. The corner-to-corner ones and two little V's of the side-to-side ones. Front and back shown. To get the squares the same on the two kinds the first are worked over 4 threads and the second over 6. I can do these readily while looking at the diagrams at Lynxlace but haven't memorized them yet.…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 3, 2021 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Some learning

Until I manage to get in there and print out the real pattern I'm learning some new things.

Double faggot stitch with an attempt at lace filling stitch also called dove's eye; reed stitch; upside down festoon stitch worked over 2 threads - which is way too small; below that in the next square down a fancy ringed back stitch none too expertly…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on May 2, 2021 at 1:58pm — No Comments

An experiment - no picture

I wanted to do something I know as "lace filling stitch" in the voids of double faggot stitch done over 4 threads with a fine thread. This is a looped stitch that makes a diamond pattern inside a circle or square. I saw it in Lynxlace at images-h-det-diag/28thdunit.JPG in the hardanger section. But I don't know how to do it and ended up with tangles.

Added by Claudia Crowley on May 1, 2021 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

The next design

I'll be doing this next. All the blocks around the edges will be different filling stitches and so will the leaves.

Here is a mockup of it with fillings…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on April 26, 2021 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Stitch practice

Agnes Leach #54

Various double backstitch variations with satin…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on April 20, 2021 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Satin stitch outline tile variations

Eyelets and 4-sided stitch in middle of tiles. All in #20 Cebelia.

Added by Claudia Crowley on April 13, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

A practice stitch

Squares made with rows of satin stitch and then the resulting squares crossed with a heavy thread. I did the satin stitch in #10 Cebelia because I could not find the #20. So it's all the same. The pattern came from an old picture. I did not invent it.

working on a sampler imitating Lorelei's "white sampler," though these of mine won't be as…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on April 12, 2021 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Plum blossom done

Here 'tis. What do you think? Also, next project: Maybe the same pattern with different filling stitches. Two new pieces of linen are drying now to shrink.

Added by Claudia Crowley on March 31, 2021 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Nearly done: progress report with pic

Here I've done a somewhat awkward double backstitch center - done without reading glasses and you can tell it in the closeup - and a line of chain sittch ouside the pointy leaves (one on left not done yet).

The new 5-pack of reading glasses is supposed to arrive today, so if any of them break there'll be a backup. I put them on over my regular glasses. A clip-on set of lenses would be nicer, but those things, for unknown reasons, cost in the range of $40 to $50 on Amazon!

To…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on March 26, 2021 at 9:39am — 2 Comments

What is lace, anyway? Some thoughts.

I hunted around the forum a little bit and didn't find a direct definition of lace. We know it when we see it. It ranges from Hardanger to bobbin - torchon to Alencon - to needlelace and tatting, drawnwork, Tenerife circles, doilies and Irish crochet, which was invented (I have read) to imitate heavy Venetian lace that one book says is reminiscent of carved ivory. Then there is appliqued lace such as Isle of Wight and Carrickmacross. Lace, a textile, and filigree, which is rigid, are closely…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on March 23, 2021 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Project reversed

This gives an idea of the opacity of the different stitches.

Added by Claudia Crowley on March 23, 2021 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

Getting there!

Only the middle is left to do, plus the stamens (if I decide they are practical).

Added by Claudia Crowley on March 23, 2021 at 7:36am — 2 Comments

Preliminary thoughts on a system of analysis of pulled-thread work - no pics

Each pulled-thread pattern has at least three characteristics:

  • Angle (90 degrees, 45 degrees, or whatever)
  • Fanciness (proportions of spaces, solids, and single threads - faggot stitch is not very fancy, net ground is)
  • Coverage (for instance, double back stitch is100% covered, square back stitch less than that, double faggot stitch even less). Might also be called openness. This also depends on the fineness of the material and the threads.

The…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on March 21, 2021 at 9:05am — 7 Comments

Plum blossom outlines done

All outlines of flower in chain stitch over 2 threads with #10 Cebelia. Leaves outlined wth Palestrina knots in the same. Leaf fillings done by accident with #80 tatting cotton, but I think they look good.

Added by Claudia Crowley on March 17, 2021 at 3:32am — No Comments

A prospective pattern for the square piece

15 spaces to be filled. All the center ones probably alike, then different patterns for the larger parts of the petals and the leaves. Petals, center, and leaves to be outlined first, then filled; then stamens stitched on top of the fillings.…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on March 14, 2021 at 8:50am — No Comments

Yipes. Cut the cloth wrong.

I wanted a piece about 12 inches wide and 15 inches high but I got a piece 12 x 12 by not paying attention to what I was doing. So the proposed designs won't work, and I'll have to come up with another. And, it has to be shrunk before working on it.…

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Added by Claudia Crowley on March 13, 2021 at 1:28pm — 5 Comments

Two possible designs

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Added by Claudia Crowley on March 10, 2021 at 2:05pm — 3 Comments

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