Needlelace: 2-d + 3-d Corded Detached Buttonhole. No wire or cordonnet used, stitched straight up from base. Leaves half way 2-d, then switched to 3-d.
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Comment by Beth Lea on March 27, 2012 at 8:27am

Hi Paula

Glad to be speaking to you.  I have to agree, it does look very much like miniature knitting but I chose this yarn to make the thread intersections that much easier to see.  The stitch is 'Corded Detached Buttonhole' in 3-d or Punto in Aria.  This image shows how to achieve even-shaping and from there we can work out how best to decrease or increase according to the shape of element you require.  You are correct, the needle is taking regular Buttonhole stitches into the standard loop but it ALSO goes over a long Cord row, or 'Straight stitch return row'.  Any book on needlelace will provide instructions how to do this stitch but the difference here is primarily that there is no prior outline/cordonnet to work round.  You are spot on in that it enables really small construction of cute flowers.  

Comment by Paula Harten on March 26, 2012 at 11:31pm

I am new to this group, but this pink sample looks to me like miniature knitting.  I guess it is the needle through the loops that does it.  I suppose, though, you stitch over the "needle", through the row below and thread back through the loops to start over again.  What type of needle lace would you call it?  It is certainly creative and makes wonderful flowers.

Comment by Beth Lea on March 26, 2012 at 3:01am

Hi Elizabeth

So true, once the cordonette is not not in the picture, we are left to work out how to achieve straight edges by decoding the stitch formation.

I don't want to give too much away (because I would like more people to buy my file) but save to say that, if you peer at the pink rectangle below, you will see a new slightly slanting vertical stitch loop appear on every third line on one side and disappear on every third line on the opposite side....

Also notice how there are double the number of edge loops on the right side than the left, but to stitch Punto in Aria, we need only consider one of those loops on each row...

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 25, 2012 at 7:22pm

only within the context of a cordonette.  Yes, I agree. working without that fixed outline brings up a different set of problems!  (I am lazy and almost always use a laid outline!!)

This is where this site, and the photos people add, make it such an interesting learning place to spend time with!!!

Comment by Beth Lea on March 25, 2012 at 4:31am

I agree about corded buttonhole being easy, but would add, only within the context of a cordonette.  

Without one, it behaves very differently.  You know, for a long time I thought staggering the number of stitches was the solution, but I have since discovered, through lots of close analysis, that the mesh created is incredibly similar to woven cloth and the return row, which can be better defined, perhaps, as a 'partial' stitch, only adds height and needs to be 'absorbed evenly'.  I'm actually selling a research paper on the subject that's 20 pages long.  Here's a helpful image that illustrates what I am trying to explain:

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 24, 2012 at 8:41pm

The corded buttonhole stitch is about the easiest stitch to master, I think.

The Uncorded Single Brussels stitch is very hard to get nice and even - I avoid it wherever possible!!!!!! :)

You are doing well.

Comment by Beth Lea on March 24, 2012 at 6:23am

Thanks Elizabeth

I will need to make it a lot smaller next time but the main thing was, it worked.

I've been studying Corded Detached Buttonhole really closely for about a year and a half.

My main advancement has been to understand how to shape the lattice evenly, thereafter, to increase or decrease is quite logical.  

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 24, 2012 at 2:14am

Well done. That looks pretty.

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