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Comment by Pam King on July 25, 2016 at 2:11am

The background was worked in ARGENTAN GROUND but I twisted the bars not buttonholing them, I think it makes a neater finish, without the sides you get with the buttonhole, and it is still strong.

Comment by Emanuele Bonaglia on August 6, 2013 at 3:14am

thanks a lot Pam!!!

Comment by Karla Barraza on August 5, 2013 at 10:06pm


Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 5, 2013 at 3:18pm

Pam: thanks for the account of stitches and technical decisions.  Very interesting.

Comment by Pam King on August 5, 2013 at 5:15am

This design is my interpretation of two bobbin lace patterns that I put together, one day when I couldn't think of anything. I can usually think of some idea but this day was blank! Our teacher bought her file of patterns to our group, the bird and the "flower" looked as if they would be good shapes to convert to needle lace, as are a lot of bobbin lace designs, it's the shape we want, we can fill in the gaps between the lines, with our own stitches!

The birds I worked entirely in corded Brussels with the "veins" going through the back wing feathers. A lot of the "petals" in the flower again I worked in cored Brussels, but they are joined with couronnes and twisted bars. I incorporated a few of colours of the birds in the flower to bring the two designs together, and I think it worked well.

The background I worked in a modification of Argentan ground, but instead of buttonhole the bars, I've twisted the thread around them. I think this gives a net without "sides", and looks a lot neater.

Just remember to mark the net out when your marking out the rest of the pattern, believe me it's jolly difficult later I've tried with not such good results. (See my Jacobean Oval design on page 100).

Comment by Emanuele Bonaglia on July 18, 2013 at 10:28am

WOWWWW!!!!! that's amazing!!!!! is it your own design??

Comment by Janet Peer on June 10, 2013 at 1:42pm
Beautiful!!! What stitch/how did you do the background?
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 8, 2013 at 2:48pm

Marvelous.  Even the nest part would make a nice lace, all by itself.  Or the birds.  And your background is so regular and neat!

Comment by Xiaojie on June 8, 2013 at 8:31am

Nice, very nice!

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