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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.
thanks a lot Pam!!!
Pam: thanks for the account of stitches and technical decisions. Very interesting.
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).
WOWWWW!!!!! that's amazing!!!!! is it your own design??
Marvelous. Even the nest part would make a nice lace, all by itself. Or the birds. And your background is so regular and neat!
Nice, very nice!
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