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What stitches are used in point de gaze needle lace. The techniques of point de gaze needlelace. Construction of antique point de gaze needle lace.

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Sources of Information on Point de Gaze Needle Lace

To understand what stitches were typically part of this historic form of needlelace (last half of the 19th century) first look at two very good books and an online article:

Pat Earnshaw NEEDLELACE, London, Nerehurst 1991
Catherine Barley NEEDLELACE DESIGNS AND TECHNIQUES CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY, London, Batsford 1993
Jean Leader http://www.jeanleader.co.uk/articles/pointdegaze.html

Also Catherine Barley has a section on point de gaze in her personal website.  View it in FULLSCREEN mode.  The detail is amazing.  http://www.catherinebarley.com/186037428


Both of the books have chapters devoted to the stitches used in certain historic needle lace styles, and both include chapters on point de gaze. Barley also gives full and detailed instructions for working some pieces of her design, for those who want to learn that form.

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An alternative to using grid paper 3 Replies

If you should ever be without grid paper this might be useful. Especially for practice pieces [which is all I am capable of thus far :0)]. I purchased it at JoAnn's. $5 w/out a coupon. It is clear,…Continue

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Sue Babbs Mar 22, 2016.

choosing thread 24 Replies

I am very grateful for this group! I am obviously new to neelelace and was wondering if there was a discussion somewhere on choosing thread given the project"s size? I do not have any books as of…Continue

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Loretta Holzberger Mar 17, 2016.

Techniques for eyes 1 Reply

This week's self imposed challenge-I'd like to practice by trying to create eyes. Has anyone come across closeups of photos? In the encyclopedia of needlework I saw a picot made with a bullion…Continue

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Mar 14, 2016.

First attempt 12 Replies

I am working on my first square of the sampler and have a couple of questions.Are my rows too close together? The row with double brussels is close and it is hard to see the stitch. Perhaps when the…Continue

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Dee K Mar 13, 2016.

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Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 17, 2015 at 11:40am

Loretta,
...et bientôt, je pense faire des essais à l'aide de vos précieuses indications concernant la fameuse bride tortillée!

... and soon, I think to experiment with your valuable indications on the famous "bride tortillée"!

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on November 17, 2015 at 10:41am

And here is the point de gaze design finished.  

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on November 17, 2015 at 10:38am

Your little piece is beautiful.  Like mine, your reseau is not perfect, but still looks good.  Here is the finished piece of Alençon from the patterns I posted.  As you can see, there is nothing perfect about my reseau either.   

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 17, 2015 at 10:08am

J’ajoute celle-ci, exercice portant principalement sur le réseau d’Alençon (motif inspiré d’une vignette de bas de page trouvé dans un livre traitant du sujet de la dentelle).

I add this one, exercise focusing on the Alençon ground (motif inspired from a  thumbnail footer found in a book dealing with the subject of lace).

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 17, 2015 at 10:06am

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 17, 2015 at 10:04am

Merci Liz et Loretta. Je suis personnellement une habituée du travail avec l’aiguille pointée vers l’extérieur. Je trouve une bonne idée de tracer une grille à l’avance. Je me dis aussi que réduire la taille des mailles du filet pourrait être une initiative avantageuse.
Catherine Barley, dans son livre "Needlelace", recommande de travailler le réseau du point de gaze avec l’aiguille pointée vers l’extérieur. Brigitte Delesques, quant à elle, mentionne que le Point de gaze permet d’utiliser un fil plus gros que pour l’Alençon.
Toutes ces idées mises ensemble devraient m’être très utiles. Gros mercis Loretta pour ces magnifiques images.

Thank you Liz and Loretta. I am personally a regular with the needle pointing outward. I find it a good idea to draw a grid in advance. I also think that reducing the size of the mesh could be an advantageous initiative.
Catherine Barley, in her book "Needlelace" recommends working the Point de gaze ground with the needle pointing outward. Brigitte Delesques, meanwhile, reported that the Point de gaze allows a larger thread than for the Alençon one.
All these ideas put together  should be  useful. Loretta big thanks to these wonderful images. 

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 16, 2015 at 8:46pm

Pretty designs, Loretta.

I work Needle towards me, - Except for ground stitches, and some twisted stitches. those I find work better with the needle away!!  No idea why!!

Hollie Stitch - around the thumb method - - only Needle towards me, but Point de Gaze ground, and some other twisted stitch areas work better needle Away.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on November 16, 2015 at 12:30pm

Ah, the pictures came up when I clicked on add comment.  

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on November 16, 2015 at 12:29pm

After spending many years always working with my needle pointing toward me, I finally learned to do twisted stitch with the needle pointing away from me.  For me it works better.  One thing I do to help make my stitches even is to print a hex grid on my pattern for point de gaze and a brick grid for Alençon reseau.  Here are two examples.  (I tried to add picture files but I don't see them) 

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 16, 2015 at 9:44am

Je tente d'exécuter le réseau du Point de gaze avec l'aiguille pointée vers l'extérieur, mais le résultat est pauvre et manque beaucoup de régularité. Vaudrait-il mieux travailler avec l'aiguille vers soi? S'il y a des habitués de cette technique parmi vous, quelle serait votre suggestion?

I try to run the reseau Point de gaze with the needle pointing outward, but the result is poor and lacks great regularity. Would it be better to work with the needle toward me? If there are regulars of this technique among you, what would be your suggestion?

 
 
 

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