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Beginners Needle Lace

For beginners who want to learn true needlelace. Post questions and answers here.  How to make needle lace.

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Needle Lace Patterns Books and Supplies

I have broken down our lengthy list of books, supplies and resources into several sections.  Click on the links below. 

Recommended books and videos 

Supplies and materials needed

Patterns and tutorials on this site 

Online resources at other sites 

Working Setup: in the hand and with a pillow

Photos of Beginners' Work 

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Working setup, various ways -

 https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/needle-lace-working-setup-and-tutorials/   

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My little wings 17 Replies

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my first piece of needle lace 1 Reply

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Pillow preference 7 Replies

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Needlelace Tutorial - Leaf 10 - Part 2 8 Replies

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My first try - sampler 8 Replies

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New and first try at needle lace - comments, please? 10 Replies

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Comment by Anne Weston on February 19, 2010 at 2:46pm
I am not really a beginner but am reading all the comments out of interest. Have you seen the beginners instruction book from the Guild of Needle Laces. The guild web site is www.guildofneedlelaces.org
Anne
Comment by Lenore English on February 19, 2010 at 1:58pm
Just make sure you can comfortably couch through 2 layers. Maybe the quilting cotton would work if you found a nice pastel color that wouldn't tire your eyes. My muslin is a little lighter than quilting cotton. Hope this helps!
Comment by Naomi Rogers on February 19, 2010 at 1:50pm
I was taught the same way as you(one and only lesson), Lenore, by using a double strand of the same thread used for the filling for the cordonnet and then at the end to build the cordonnet up with more strands of the same thread before beginning the buttonhole stitches on the outline.

Has anyone ever used heavy broadcloth instead of calico, muslin, or denim? I went to our one and only source in town and they have absolutley nothing except quilting cotton.
Comment by Lenore English on February 19, 2010 at 6:57am
I've been using 2 strands of the same thread used for the fillings, but I've been using mostly #80 tatting thread. After the fillings are finished, I lay another 2 strands over the cordonnet and top stitch.

Maybe the cordonnet isn't tight enough when couched? I have to make my couching sts closer together, and tug on the cordonnet periodically to keep it really taut. My cordonnet sags when I start the fillings if I am not careful.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 18, 2010 at 11:37pm
I don't think the kind of fabric used as the background really matters. It should just be appropriate for the weight thread you are using. I used a denim weight canvass when my cordonnet was 8/5 linen and my lace thread was 60/2 linen -- both rather coarse. For more delicate thread a finer weight cloth would seem appropriate.

But I have a question of my own. If I am using a #50 DMC cordonnet crochet cotton as the lace thread, what weight should my cordonnet be? I think I may have been using too thin a thread for the cordonnet, since it won't keep its shape.
Comment by Lenore English on February 18, 2010 at 6:22pm
I started out with a light-weight denim I had on hand, but switched to unbleached muslin. I use 4 layers of the muslin, only 2 layers of denim. I also use clear Contact paper over the top of the paper pattern. (In the US, that's the shelf paper that lifts off easily.) I search through the display, and can usually find a roll that is clear.
Comment by Naomi Rogers on February 18, 2010 at 6:05pm
I notice that the book I have by Valerie Grimwood says to use calico as the background material but this would be difficult to find in our small town. Is there any other fabric that I can use in place of this?
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 18, 2010 at 5:23pm
Barbara: Welcome!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 18, 2010 at 4:40pm
Lenore and Martine: Welcome! Let's get started.
 
 
 

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