Make, learn and talk about needle lace.
Lorelei requested that I share Anne's reply to my questions above. Anne gave me permission to share this information with you all. I am sure all your more experience lace makers already know this. Hugs Judy
Now your questions. The plastic film protects your pattern, it also means that your needle will slide over the pattern and not go through it. Needlelace that has gone through your support fabric is a real disaster. Historically the needlelacers in the past used architects fabric for this purpose. This was a fabric with a coating to accept drawing ink without wicking. It was used in architects drawing offices to do the fine drawing needed for architects plans. This is no longer used here in the United Kingdom and consequently it is no longer manufacturered. The plastic film that we use in our kits is a matt plastic which is in England used by bobbn lace makers but a plastic film used to protect books is just as good. Do your children use a plastic film to protect their school books in the States? I don't know but here it is relatively cheap. Sold on a roll in a stationers.
I went on a needlelace course in Italy last year. We were given a strong tracing paper which served the same purpose. We also were given a drawing paper to have as a support( no fabric at all) and a sharp needle. I must admit to having misgiving about it but it was surprisingly easy to use.
Hope this helps with the first question.
Yes, kay Dennis designs a number of our paterns for the Guild. I know her very well. She does some wonderful work. her books are really lovely and very informative. She uses Mulberry silk threads. They do have a web site. I will find out the address and send it too you. Silk is lovely to use once you have got a resonable tensiona nd can control your thread. I use Pearsel silk. Which I like because it is stranded and so you can mix shades and effect. Again I will send you their web site address.
I hope I have helped. If you have any more questions just let me know and I will answer the questions if I can.