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Comment by Janet Peer on August 21, 2013 at 10:55am

So impressive!!!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on June 27, 2013 at 11:35pm

When you see it clearly drawn out like this it looks quite simple.

Think of fair isle knitting, and changing colour within a row, - just twist the 2 colours around each other, and use the other colour.  But using it in NL is clever.

You really Have got me thinking of our colourful birds, Michael!!! 

Oh dear!! I need more hours per day...!!!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 27, 2013 at 10:54pm

Very interesting solution to the problem of incorporating several colors.  Thanks.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on June 27, 2013 at 9:33pm

Yes, that is very helpful, Michael.  What a nice clear drawing.

I wish mine looked that good!!  Hmmm!  I must try this, it is very effective.

Comment by Michael Dennis on June 27, 2013 at 2:11am

I promised to explain how I changed colours in the row, I shall do this with an enlargement of that area and a drawing which I think is self explanatory. The only thing that is not obvious is that you have to work the yellow first otherwise there is no loop for the green to loop around. The foundation row is easier because you can start the yellow thread wherever you need to along the row. Hope this is helpful.


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on June 25, 2013 at 10:01pm

Michael, if everyone only did what was "traditional" lacemaking would never have moved past the withdrawn thread stage of the 1500's!!

Trying different ideas to get the look you want is the way to go. (I get a bit Radical at times, with the Thought Police having heart failure over my ideas!!!)  It was only lace makers 'making it work' that got the craft moving forward.  Please don't apologise, or worry about doing things differently.  Getting the look you want is more important - in my opinion, anyway!!!

Comment by Michael Dennis on June 25, 2013 at 2:04am

I will put in another post of working the two colours when I can get my head around how best to explain it in a concise form, at the moment it is too lengthy for a forum like this. The wings were worked in blue and there were cordonnet's laid for the black lines. However I thought that these lines were too heavy when the top stitching was worked over those cordonnet's. The black in the tail was a single thread passed though once the tail had been completed. The white area was worked in with the blue and not sewn on as a seperate piece. My interpretation may not be traditional but they seemed to work for this project.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on June 24, 2013 at 8:51pm

He is Gorgeous.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 24, 2013 at 9:41am

Very very interesting.  How did you do the color changes in the wings and under the tail?  The white bar appears to be a separate piece, sewn on after the rest was finished. But the black lines appear raised somehow?

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