Hi! A friend found a book at the library called "Renaissance Patterns for Lace, Embroidery and Needlepoint" by Federico Vinciolo and Apparently the patterns are reprints from books originally printed in 1587 and 1606. Of course I had to try one! I have almost no experience with filet lace. I made the mesh and did a cloth stitch to fill in all the solid squares, but I couldn't find information anywhere on how to properly finish off all the ends of the threads as the lace is being embroidered. I just decided to knot each thread in the corner of a square and weave it into the cloth stitch at the edge. Is that correct or acceptable?

The thread I used was linen with an uneven texture, and I only have the one size so I had to pass through each square four times rather than two to fill in completely. Most of the lace I have seen has only two threads going each way in each square. Again, I was wondering if that is okay..

I have not finished the edge yet and would love any suggestions on what might work.

I posted a photo to my blog here:

http://www.elizabethbarber.info

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Fancy making your own net!!  I have not tried that - far too lazy - I buy mine ready made!

Well done. That looks great.

I use the book filet lace my Margaret Morgan - an Aussie book published by Milner Publications (Amazon have it - or did have it).

She says to knot off and sew in the ends, so sounds like you got it right!!!

My only suggestion is that next time you should leave yourself a little more unused mesh outside the embroidered area.  In samples I've seen, buttonholing along the edge is usually done.  The the extra meshes can just be cut off flush with the edge of the buttonhole.  Supposedly the knots at the mesh junctions are sufficient to hold it.  I seem to remember that in some examples one or 2 rows of running stitiches were done in the last mesh that would be covered by buttonholing, to give some substance underneath.  But I can't truly say that this is based on experience.  I'm only reporting what I've seen, I haven't done it myself.

I also seem to remember hearing that starting and ending the embroidery thread by knotting it onto a mesh junction was the normal way.  But I'd like to hear from someone who has done this.  Is that the right way, or are there other alternatives?

Congrats on making your own net..... like Liz , I buy mine.

I have seen four lots of thread in Ilalian books ... from what I can gather when you make your own net ,the squares are much larger and therefore if only filled with two threads it tends to look sparse, the other option is to use a thicker thread.

With linen stitch you are meant to start and finish in the same place with a knot.... I use a double knot and have also woven the thread back into the linen stitch... careful doing this as sometimes it shows as an extra thread on the front.

I rarely have a knot come undone.

 

As for your edging... one square out from the design run a reinforcing thread around , twice then buttonhole over it..When you have finshed buttonholing it can then be cut out

I will try to upload a pic.... keeping in mind that yours will be a straight edge as you don't have enough room to do this

Margaret Morgans book is well worth buying if you plan on doing more filet

A bit like a Bible for filet.

Well done...Elizabeth, keep at it

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Lovely work. To get the same effect with only 2 threads each direction per square, you need to alter the size thread you are using. Also, try using very long lengths of thread to minimize ends - use a blind stitch (or invisible stitch) to get to separate areas of a motif or to navigate spaces in the pattern. You can use new thread for each motif and knot the end to the beginning thread.

Julie and Barbara: thank you for your comments.

Thanks Julie for the picture. I ran two rows of thread around the edge and worked some of the buttonhole stitch and it worked well. The extra threads gave the edge enough substance. I will look into getting the book you recommended as I would like to continue doing filet.

Julie Thomson said:

Congrats on making your own net..... like Liz , I buy mine.

I have seen four lots of thread in Ilalian books ... from what I can gather when you make your own net ,the squares are much larger and therefore if only filled with two threads it tends to look sparse, the other option is to use a thicker thread.

With linen stitch you are meant to start and finish in the same place with a knot.... I use a double knot and have also woven the thread back into the linen stitch... careful doing this as sometimes it shows as an extra thread on the front.

I rarely have a knot come undone.

 

As for your edging... one square out from the design run a reinforcing thread around , twice then buttonhole over it..When you have finshed buttonholing it can then be cut out

I will try to upload a pic.... keeping in mind that yours will be a straight edge as you don't have enough room to do this

Margaret Morgans book is well worth buying if you plan on doing more filet

A bit like a Bible for filet.

Well done...Elizabeth, keep at it

Thanks! Making my own net was the fun part! I bought the netting needle years ago but did not use it till recently.

Elizabeth Ligeti said:

Fancy making your own net!!  I have not tried that - far too lazy - I buy mine ready made!

Well done. That looks great.

I use the book filet lace my Margaret Morgan - an Aussie book published by Milner Publications (Amazon have it - or did have it).

She says to knot off and sew in the ends, so sounds like you got it right!!!

Thanks to everyone for the ideas! I am having some success with the edge (especially now that I have the extra threads running through it) and hope to finish it soon.

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