Make, learn and talk about needle lace.
Let us collect diagrams of the stitches used in Alencon, and how they are used. Preferably your own drawing. (It would be good for all of us to develop more skill in making diagrams.)
Here are 2 ground stitches. Post others in comments below.
Loretta's diagrams for horsehair picots.
Loretta's instructions for Brides Bouclées a one page pdf file.
Loretta's photos of her bee in process, with how the ground is worked.
Loretta's experiments with different thread sizes and grid sizes.
From Brigitte Delesques-Depalle "La dentelle à l'aiguille". Basic stitch for the Alençon reseau