Recently I was going through the Snow Queen and Henley Bridge I wanted to know how she achieves so much of dimensions and character to a monochrome Lace!!!

how does corounes are added to the net background?? I tried to think of an explanation but I couldn't come up with one.. it's like a cute puzzle!!

And In her Sampler 4 how was all the fancy filling done??

and in her Point De Gaze Fan how does she continues doing the strip even without any pattern to lay the cordonet on??

Can Anyone explain how is that delicate gauze like effect is achieved (the process of laying net) and the different densities achieved?? does only corded Brussels is used to show density variation as in light and shadow??

Is there any Video how the Net background being done?? it looks so delicate and gauzy!!!

 It's all so exciting to learn and understand!!! 

I Will try it once I get to that level, not now.. But it's still fun to just Know how it's done!! 

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Cathy Barleys work is fantastic.   She has been working needlelace for a few years now and is considered to be the best around by a lot of people.    And her work is exquisite because she has practiced such a lot.   To create some of her effects, she will vary the distance of the stitches as well and use different stitches or different effects.    She also achieves the different dimensions by using different thickness of threads on a project.   For instance, and I dont know which threads she used on the Henley Bridge, but she might have used an Egyptian cotton 60/2 for parts of the bridge, Egyptian 100/2 for other parts of the design but she generally uses a very fine thread for the net background.   Anything up to Egyptian cotton 185/2.    The couronnes rings are worked similar to the grid on my abstranct design.   Once you have worked your net, you then put a pin in the place you want to work your couronne, then weave a padding thread around the net (by going under and over each stitch), Then work your buttonhole around the pin, doing as many stitches as you can get into each space between each net stitches.   You do need to keep the number of stitches even though.   And fasten off the same as I have described.     There may be something on Youtube and there may be a video but am not sure where.   Again Lorelei may have diagrams in her tutorial (I am sure she will confirm.)    Again if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer.    Or learn how tod raw a diagram and put it in!!!   When I teach I am very much a show and tell face to face which I find easier.    Let  me know how you get on.

As regards her sampler, there are diagrams for this  is in one of the books I have  but I dont know if it is anywhere on the internet.    Sorry.

I love Catherine Barley's work!  So inspiring!  I was also intrigued by how she worked her fan... I think she must have designed the pattern in several pieces, such that she could do one part, then separate it from its back and lay cordonnet for the next part, connecting the two parts with net or an element of the design.  Definitely not Needlelace 101, but I hope to figure it out in the future.  Another question about the fan... does it actually close?  The needlelace looks stiff, and surely bending and folding it repeatedly in a fan would wear it out in the long run. 

I'm pleased to read Maureen's description of making rings in the net ground, since it means I've been doing it right!  So I'll oblige with a diagram.  Here's how I made the couronnes in my last project: 

Thank you Karen for doing the diagrams. My words must have made some sort of sense. Can't remember for sure as it is a while since I was on her. Purse, but I am sure the fan was worked sectional and am not sure now whether she folds the fan or not. I seems to think she did but I will try and find out.

Very good diagram Karen.  I'm adding it to our PHOTOS section so everybody can find it easily in the future.  I never added a diagram to my website because I haven't gotten this far yet. I'm just barely past the beginner stage. The software will make it look like it is my photo. I know it isn't, but I've tried to get ning to change how that works, but it is not a high priority for them.

Well, I just discovered that ning has changed its software.  It is no longer possible to take a photo from a comment and add it to our PHOTOS section. I think they have done this to prevent copyright infringement for online photos.  

Karen I'd like to ask you to do this.  Go to our PHOTOS section and upload your diagram there also.  Then we can reference it easily in the future when this question comes up again (as I'm sure it will).


You should really try to find a copy of her book


I just got my copy about 2 or 3 years ago. She explains a lot of the technique in that book.  I did try to search out a list of stitches that occur in point de gaze, because it is something I want to learn eventually myself. I posted my results on my webpage  All that I know is on that page, and it isn't very much.  I am not an expert, I haven't even made any yet.  That web page is just the first step towards learning what stitches and techniques are used.

We have 2 albums of point de gaze, and some photos are closeup enough that you can see how it was made (at least to some extent) by our members

Remember, to see all the detail in the photo, look under it on the right for the words VIEW FULL SIZE.


Where did you find the image of her Sampler 4?  I am trying to add a link to it on my webpage, but I can't get it to work.  I looked on her website but didn't see it. Please post the page it came from.

I just figured it out. It is on her MISC page. And I had to create a hyperlink instead of just copying the url.

Yes, I think the fan was worked in sections, but they were all on the same pattern piece. there are some design lines that go from top to bottom, and I think the sections were worked within these areas before going on to the next one.

The Point de Gaze ground (the net background) is an uneven net that has 3 twists on each stitch on one row, and only 2 twists on the next row. The thread is twisted around the needle the same way in both rows - whether working left to right or right to left.  It just takes a Lot of practice to get it looking as good as Catherine gets it!!!  It is one of the few stitches I always work needle away, so work from the bottom of my pattern upwards.!!

Hi.   Yes I sometimes work with the needle away and sometimes towards.  It is a case of doing what you feel comfortable with.     As regards Cathy Barleys book, she is in the process of reprinting this using Books on Demand.    As soon as I hear it is ready, if someone else doesn't first, I will post details on here.

As regards Sampler 4, Cathy did, I think, hold a workshop on this at The Guild of Needlelace AGM a few years ago.   I think that they are drawn up in a book, but not the one I thought they were in.    Will try and find it and let everyone know.

I love the filling in the bottom petal of Sampler 4. I would like to know how to do that!

I have now got some information from Cathy Barley and do have her permission to cut and paste her email and put it on here but the system wont let me.    So  As regards the Point De Gaze fan, it does close but she has it mounted in a frame to prevent wear and tear.  This was her first attempt (1992/1993) at working the fine background net and the small components made it so much easier to handle and control the tension.  She worked the fan in several smaller sections which are jointed together as each piece is completed.   It required careful planning in the design process before being started.  Look at the photos of the parasol and how each panel has been joined, one by one as completed.   The lace has been partially removed from its backing and along the line of the join (this is a nice straight line from the outer edge of each panel, to the top of the triangular shape, and then laid over the top of the 'matching' line of the next panel.  Having placed one line over the matching line of the second piece, the two pieces are joined together by working the cordonette (top stitching) over both lines simultaneously.

Henley Bridge.  A lot of the information relating to it is on the website and if you scroll down to paragraph 4 where she explains how to achieve the 'different densities' and 'variation in light and shade'.

Couronnes on the background net.   No she doesnt work them as described and the details can be found on pages 95,96 and 97 of her book.  She whips down the padding threads around the pine then goes round a second time buttonhole stitching over the two rounds of threads, taking care to pick up the background net as well. 

Will deal with sampler 4 in next reply


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