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I think the technique you are thinking of, Teri, is used in Gros Point. Do you have the Catherine Barley book,
"Needlelace.. Designs & Techniques..."? It has strawberries on the front cover.
That shows you how to do the raised work (where I learned from originally!) The additional threads are laid with more in the centre than the outer ends, and they are held in place with special tacking stitches. then as you stitch over the bundle, you add more threads to raise it up further. It is not a technique I teach unless the lacemaker is fairly experienced. I feel it is too difficult for near beginners. You work any embellishments as you go along, so you are very busy!!! - especially if you are like me, and like lots of rings and picots decorating the work!!!!!
I can help you with this, but maybe in the Gros Point section, or private messages if we are "friends".
One can lay extra threads on top of the outline when you get to the point of buttonholing the outline. Lots of extra threads makes for a sculpted raised effect.
We aim to be seductive. We succeed, I think, Lorelei!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Teri, I usually lay my double outline thread, and couch it down through the pad with stitches in sewing cotton about 2mm or ¼ inch apart. I am just beginning to have a go at the Aemilia Ars way - of making the couching stitches first and then threading the needle thread through them!
The main thing is to make sure every thread links over the other laid threads, - NOt the couching threads, - or your lace will fall apart when taken off the pad. Link everything together, as the filling and top stiches are not strong enough to hold the lace together.
I like to lay my outline thread in one continuous line, - so it becomes a bit of a mental challenge to work out how to get around the whole piece with the one double thread!!!
We aim to be seductive.
http://lynxlace.com/needlelaceintroduction.html#fil de trace
Aemilia ars is made that way, I think.
Sylvia's tutorial clearly shows the tacking stitches put in first.
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