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Comment by Christiane Machabée on August 14, 2014 at 12:56pm


Cette étude de modes est absolument extraordinaire. Par moi-même, j'effectue une recherche sur les modes et je dois avouer qu'il est difficile de trouver de l'information sur ce sujet. Mme Delesques-Dépalle traite un peu de la question ainsi que Mme Pat Earnshaw. Auriez-vous, par hasard, des suggestions à me faire pour trouver sur ce sujet davantage d'information?

Merci à l'avance de votre aide.

This study about  the modes is absolutely amazing. By myself, I do a research on those techniques and I must admit that it is difficult to find information on this subject. I found some information from Ms. Delesques-Depalle treats and  Ms. Pat Earnshaw. Would you have , by chance, any suggestions for me for more information?
Thank you in advance for your help.

Christianed for

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 28, 2013 at 9:50am

Karen yeah Poppy project is awesome <3

no I am part visual and part reading learner lol

Comment by Karen Roy on December 24, 2013 at 1:06pm

Oh, isn't the poppy project interesting!

Are you a visual learner, Lakshmi?  Imagine two bridges: a footbridge across a stream, and a suspension bridge across a great river.  Each one crosses empty space, but the size of the empty space is greater.  So what stops the longer bridge from falling in?  The same thing that stops the shorter bridge from falling in: it's anchored on both sides.  Same thing with the big stitches I mentioned.  You may throw your stitch all the way across a circle to the other side, but as long as you anchor it there, it still stands because it's anchored on both sides.  It's a long bridge.  You further stabilize it when you make cross bars and put modes on the intersections.  These extra bridges make a grid or net, which keeps your first long bridge from getting floppy. 

I'll attempt a drawing, since I know Lorelei's couching diagram helped you before. 

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 24, 2013 at 11:25am

Lorelei ma'am 

actually I asked it all out of curiosity.. I wanted to just know how do they do it .. as I recently saw Barley's poppy project slideshow.. :) I have all the intentions and purpose of going  one step at a time ma'am .. :D

am so sorry for the overzealous attitude  *shy* :p

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 24, 2013 at 11:23am

Karen thanks for the links :) But doing long stitches in empty space how will it be all anchored ?? I mean when finally the lace is lifted off all the stitches have to be together linked right??

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 23, 2013 at 5:50pm

Here is the chapter from Encyclopedia of Needlework, with stitches.  Some of the ones in the piece above, are there.  But many of the ones above are what I would call advanced.  First learn the basics, then search out the details.

The book by Pat Earnshaw  NEEDLELACE has lots of circles and circles fillings. It has lots and lots of stitches and fillings. If anyone in your family wants to give you a gift, tell them that is what you want :)

Comment by Karen Roy on December 23, 2013 at 1:39pm

I agree with Kathleen Koch: the circles are an appealing motif! 

Lakshmi, in the Encyclopedia of Needlework, check out the chapter on netting, specifically the sections called "Stars and Wheels" (pg 414) and "Grounds and Lace" (pg 423).  They each assume you're working on a net, but in needlelace, you can do the same thing if you first lay down the net with big straight stitches. 

As for directions for laying grids, The Art of Modern Lace Making has directions for Point de Fillet and Point Turque, both grid-like.  Plus their directions for Point d'Angleterre show how wheels can be worked on a simple laid grid.  You can download it here:  

In Point Lace Work (, there are some diagrams for making grids.  They show Point de Fillet, only they call it Net Stitch With Double Knots (Fig. 4), and they show the laying of net in Fig. 12, 14, and 45. 

No manual I've found gives much instruction for how to lay grids; they all simply say "lay a grid" and show in the picture how it looks when done.  So I think it safe to say that actually laying grids is as simple as making big stitches over the empty space.  The manuals give more detailed instructions for the motifs that are embroidered on the grids. 

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 23, 2013 at 5:39am

How is it the grids worked?? I searched Internet so much.. but there is no info about how grid is laid and the stitches are filled.. like the ones shown here in circles.. even in Encyclopedia of needlework I couldn't find grids and grid stitches.. anyone has any Idea??

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on October 1, 2013 at 5:26pm

Such amazing neat work, If I get half as good, I will be very happy.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 8, 2010 at 2:59pm
I've added a link to this photo on my webpage
Your photo is so clear it is easy to see the structure of what you did.

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