I am trying to do the pattern in the Alexandra Stillwell book on Teneriffe Lace.  The sample pattern shows with 36 spokes/pins.  I bought a plastic canvas and it has 122 spokes I can create.....which is not a multiple of 36.  Therefore, my question is whether it matters how many spokes you have when you are following a pattern. 

Also, if I am using a paper pattern instead and mounting it on a pillow/cushion of some sort, how big am I drawing the concentric circles?  The sample on page 37 of the above book is what I want to use.  That looks mighty small and wanted to get some suggestions before I start.

Thanks,

Sunela

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I used the sample on page 37 to do my first wheel.  I photo copied it onto fabric by ironing freezer paper to the fabric so it would go smoothly through the copier.  Then I pinned it onto a block of foam and put thin clear vinyl over it just in case the ink might stain my thread.  Yes it's alot of work but I was happy with the way it came out.  Doing it for myself I don't mind but come May I'm teaching my lace guild how to make Teneriffe and am not sure I want to go that route.  I may use foam board cut into a circle with 36 pins stuck into the foam on the sside.  I working on one now and it's going okay.

Kate,

When you do the foam circle will you pin the pattern to it or draw the circles on it?

Sunela

I think the number of spokes matters only in how many spokes you gather when you start clumping them together.  The given design will show how it looks with x number of spokes collected into y number of clumps.  If you change the number of spokes you will have to adjust either the number of total clumps, or the number of spokes in each clump.  Doing that will require thinking really hard.  I looked at the worked example, and it collects the spokes into 18 groups.  You could simply skip some possible holes.  Just think in quadrants.  You would need 9 spokes per quadrant.  Skip some, spaced as evenly as you can.

Comparing her grid to the balls of thread in the photograph, my guess is that the pattern is just under 3 inches across.  And she recommends pearl 8 as thread.  That seems a bit thick to me.  

But if you are just starting to learn this, don't expect your first piece to be perfect.  If you try it with her suggested thread, or whatever you have on hand at home, you will discover if you like the way it looks, or not.

http://knitting-and.com/teneriffe/  Sarah Bradbury's collection of templates is at the bottom of the page, so you don't have to make your own.



sunela thomas said:

Kate,

When you do the foam circle will you pin the pattern to it or draw the circles on it?

Sunela

I used 6" plastic canvas holes to mark the circles so they were all evenly spaced just using a pencil.  Was going to take a photo but the batteries are dead, will do tomorrow.

Here's a photo of the one on the printed fabric.  I used Presencia Finca no 16 and it worked up fine, no problems being too big or small.  Finished size is about 1.75 inches. The one on the left is on a 6" wooden disc a friend gave to me.  I think I'm using it wrong after seeing some photos online but it's working for me.  On that I'm using 20 crochet cotton and I put a pin in each hole (64). 

Hope the photo comes through, first time adding one.

Kate

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Thanks Kate for the picture. I think I have an idea to get started

 



sunela thomas said:

Thanks Kate for the picture. I think I have an idea to get started

 

sunela

Here's those pictures.

 

This is the foam board with pencil lines.  The pins are stuck in the sides, I used different colored heads to the north, south, west & east.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is how it it comes out printed on fabric though the copier.  The yellow teneriffe wheel is the first I did from Alex's directions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps.  I would be interested on how you do yours.

Kate 

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