I really want to start lace making, and i've watched the slideshows etc. but I need to ask, after i cover the paper circle pattern with contac paper where do i find directions to put the "basting stitches" on? Thank you for any help getting started. Charline

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On the Pag lace page there is a list of  links "How to make Pag lace" and there are 5  albums. Start with Album no. 1 - they are photos showing the steps to take.

This is how we have learned, - by following the photographs. There are no written instructions.   Xiaojie has answered our questions when we have asked them, but otherwise we used the photos.

Basically it is no different than a Reticella lace, but they use slightly different methods and the order of working.

The link shown just above the heading How to make  Pag lace - thepaska-chipka ....cipkarica-2-html site has the English translation of the elements. I suggest you print it off for reference when you are working from the photos.

Charline

If a verbal description will help:  basically you start by pricking holes in your pattern.  Then using 1 thread in the needle, folded in half you couch down a skeleton of a very long thread folded into 4s with tacking stitches.  The skeleton is laid around that outer perimeter, using the tacking stitches to hold it in place.  Then you start laying the spokes (lines that equate to the diameter of the circle).  The first spoke is laid all the way across in 3 passes.  From that point on the spokes are laid as radii of a circle (1/2 diameter at a time) and wrapped back to the center.  Look at the photos, in sequence, that Liz referred you to.  The photos will give you the details os how to understand this verbal description.  Basically each spoke has to have a base of 3 threads before the wrapping (overcasting) is done.

The actual lace stitches are started from the center, once all the spokes have been laid and wrapped.  Each round is laid in and worked, one round at a time, from the center out.  Each of those 5 albums of photos deals with one of the phases of the work, one round at a time.  The first one deals with laying the skeleton, the spokes.

Is there a video on how to do this? Would be so helpful.

Charline

No video yet.  Up until December of 2012, there was no way for anyone to learn Pag style needle lace, unless they spoke Croatian.  I have been on the lookout for a teacher of this form for 2 years, and Xiaojie joined us in late 2012.  We are the VERY FIRST, so far as I know, who have this opportunity.  There are still rough edges and imperfections.  We are the pioneers.

If you are having trouble understanding the Pag methodology by studying the photos, you might consider switching to a more basic method.  I have written a 2 part beginners tutorial for western European needle lace, which explains in detail their method (which is slightly different).  Look at these and see if they make more sense.  You can always come back to Pag lace later.  The first 2 links are the tutorial.  The 3rd link is the album of photos that go with it.

http://needlelacetalk.ning.com/group/beginners/forum/topics/needle-... 

http://needlelacetalk.ning.com/group/beginners/forum/topics/needle-...  

http://needlelacetalk.ning.com/photo/albums/tutorial-plain-bookmark

Ok, so to make the skeleton, you lay the thread down like it shows in the bookmark?

Thank you SO much! And I did print it out! Thanks again!

Elizabeth Ligeti said:

On the Pag lace page there is a list of  links "How to make Pag lace" and there are 5  albums. Start with Album no. 1 - they are photos showing the steps to take.

This is how we have learned, - by following the photographs. There are no written instructions.   Xiaojie has answered our questions when we have asked them, but otherwise we used the photos.

Basically it is no different than a Reticella lace, but they use slightly different methods and the order of working.

The link shown just above the heading How to make  Pag lace - thepaska-chipka ....cipkarica-2-html site has the English translation of the elements. I suggest you print it off for reference when you are working from the photos.

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