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I'll definitely post when it's done =) I'm working on a piece right now that I'm hating, so it might be sooner rather than later, if I decide to scrap it.
I like your scarf idea...you'll have to post pics if you do it! And yes, doing the pattern more than once sounds like a good idea.
This was also my first needlelace project. I think it looks great, and exactly how it should for your first piece. It's all about practice and the thread you use, so it's definitely going to get better from here on out. I would suggest doing this pattern again with some of the thread suggestions, and picking four different fills for the petals. It's a good sampler as the petals are large enough to really get that practice in. I may be taking my own advice in the future, thought of putting a bunch of these on the end of a scarf as a gift =P
I agree with Eve. Try it out and see if you like the effect. There is no "this is the only way" in modern needlelace. Do whatever suits you and gives a result that you like.
Thank you Eve.
Sandra, I don't see why it would not work. Try a small sample piece first to see how it acts. If it does not do well for you then don't use it for the project. There are some shiny threads out there that do stitch well but can't think of them. Mostly really high end polished cottons. The shine is one of the reasons people love the perle cottons too. Lorelei's suggestion for using a smaller size is good. I forgot about that one. The perle cottons do come in a size 12 that would do very well
My question is to Eve. Eve, the thread Soie Perlee by Acess Comodities is similar to what was used in England to do Stumpwork in the 17th Century. They say it is used for needlelace to emulate the thicker filament silk used in the 17th Century Do you think it would work for a lacier ground stitch? I want to do a Wedding Hankerchief in Point De Gaze and would like the thread to have a sort of a sheen, but I guess sheen or lustre on a thread is bad for needlelacing; is that always the case? Thank you, Sandra
Lorelei...thanks for the tip about thinner and also softer threads...that's really helpful. Plus, I am rather addicted to threads in general, so I am excited to look into these. :)
Thank you Sandra. Nice to meet you!
Eve's point is good. But I would suggest another solution: just use a thread a little thinner than what you used for this example. The point of the different stitches is that they offer differing degrees of density and transparency, differences in the shape of the holes that they leave. I have found that soft threads are easier to handle, but that is my personal preference. That would mean the Egyptian cottons that bobbin lace makers use. Also there are some 100% cotton quilting threads that are really nice, but a bit stiffer than Egyptian cottons. The ones I have used are Suiky and Aurofil. For suppliers in the U.S. look here:
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