Hi!

 

I'm Gina from Tampa, FL USA and I love lace! I dabble in bobbin lace, tatting, hardanger, and now needle lace. I also want to try drawn work. I got the book Starting Needlepoint Lace and have done the first motif in the book. Believe me, I know there is room for improvment!!!!

I would like to ask for your honest opinions and comments and criticism on my first try. I used the materials the book suggested: size 20 DMC Cebelia for the cordonette and size 40 Cordonette Special for the fillings.

Please let me know what you think! Do I have a future in needle lace? Thanks for your time reading this!

 

Gina

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Oh Yes! You Definitely have a future in Needlelace!!!!!!!!

Well done. This is good for a first try.

The sitich used in the petal on the left needs another go, but the top petal is excellent - nice even stitches, and the other petals are very good, too.

That is a good book to learn from, - however, I am not sure I like the idea of using a tape as the outline mfor the sampler.  I think I would prefer to layy an outline thread for the squares, as I think it would be easier to work the filling stitches.

Many may disagree with me!!! - and probably will!!!  that is the fun of this craft 9like all other handcrafts) the various ideas and different ways of doing something.

Welcome to needlelace, - and yes, keep going!!  I hope you soon wind up as addicted as the rest of us!!!! :)

Gina

Very well done!  Your corded Brussels is very good, as is your double Brussels.  The single Brussels needs to be more even with more consistent tensioning, but yours is better than my first attempts.  As everybody here kept telling me: practice, practice, practice.  I can't remember what the bottom stitch is called, diamond stitch?? or something like that.  Looks spaced a little too far apart.  (Who am I to make suggestions --I've been afraid to try that one.)

Hope my first attempt is this good!  well done.

Barbara

I think the bottom petal stitch is just corded Double Brussels, Lorelei, - and worked very far apart.  If yu mlook - there are 2 stitches worked together, then a large loop to the next 2 stitches.

The book calls it a "Lattice-type filling" and shows it just as Gina has worked it.

It is a little too open for my liking, but again - it is all Personal Preference. This is what makes lace so interesting - the differences  with the same pattern worked by different people!!

For a first piece, I'm just a beginner, but it looks pretty good to me!  I'm waiting now to see your second and third!  I think you look like a natural...

Wow! what a first try. i am only just embarking on first attempt. julianna

Remarkable for a first try.

good for a start dear.. am yet to start .. and stuff like these inspire me a lot <3

Dear ladies, 

Although just a novice, I happened to be looking at literature that might have the answer to the question at hand - The Priscilla Battenberg and Point Lace Book from 1912 (as well as some of the old editions on point lace) call this stitch the Spanish Net Stitch. The diagram of it is represented here http://encyclopediaofneedlework.com/chapter_13.html under the 30th stitch, the 31st stitch being a variation of the same - exactly as in the old books.


Elizabeth Ligeti. said:

I think the bottom petal stitch is just corded Double Brussels, Lorelei, - and worked very far apart.  If yu mlook - there are 2 stitches worked together, then a large loop to the next 2 stitches.

The book calls it a "Lattice-type filling" and shows it just as Gina has worked it.

It is a little too open for my liking, but again - it is all Personal Preference. This is what makes lace so interesting - the differences  with the same pattern worked by different people!!

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