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Comment by Christiane Machabée on September 17, 2014 at 11:29am

Maureen, Liz, Lorelei and Teri,
Merci à vous toutes de porter intérêt à ma demande. J'ai entre les mains plusieurs des livres mentionnés: C. Barley (famous!) and P. Earnshaw (famous too!). J'ai noté le titre de celui de Hills & Gibson que je ne connais pas encore.
Par contre, dans ce livre particulier "Creative design...", N. Lovesey semble dire que toutes ces roues apparaissent dans son livre. En suivant la suggestion de Teri, si on prend cette image de la couverture de son livre (voir aussi en page 105 de son livre) comme étant une horloge, pourrait-on associer chaque cercle avec ses descriptions numérotées de 1 à 9?
Si jamais vous avez du temps de libre...
Merci encore.

Thank you to you all to bear interest at my request. I have in my hands several books mentioned: C. Barley (famous!) And P. Earnshaw (famous too!). I noticed the title of the one of Hills & Gibson I do not know it yet.
However, in this particular book "creative design ...", N. Lovesey seems to say that all these wheels appear in her book. Following the suggestion of Teri, if you take this picture of the cover of her book (see also page 105) as a clock, is it possible to associate each circle with its numero, from 1 to 9 descriptions? 

If you ever have some free time ...
Thank you again.


Comment by Christiane Machabée on September 17, 2014 at 11:23am

Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 17, 2014 at 2:53am
Thank you both if you for confirming the books the wheels are in.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 17, 2014 at 1:17am

Pat Earnshaw's book NEEDLELACE has several kinds of rings throughout the book, in association with the particular styles that they were used in.  Also there was an interest in little rings some time ago and I went and found the exact DMC images that showed various kinds. Find the list here:

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on September 16, 2014 at 8:07pm

Needlelace Stitches, -classic and contemporary, is the name of the Hills & Gibson book.  Filling a circle is the chapter on wheels - starting on page 96 (of the hard cover 2nd hand copy I have. ©1989.)  A wonderful book, and one (another one!) I can't live without!!  Catherine Barley's book has 4 wheels shown, with lovely clear working diagrams.

Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 16, 2014 at 1:45pm

Hi Christiane  With regard to the wheels in N Lovesey book, I would suggest that the book by Hills and Gibson called Contemporary needlelace (or similar, unfortunately I cant lay my hands on my copy at the minute) will have wheels with diagrams etc in.  N Lovesey wrote three books on the subject of needlelace, all in the early to mid 1980s and diagrams and illustrations were not used quite so much then.   If no one else finds any info, I will have a look further and try and find some information etc for you.    Or alternatively Lorelei may find something in the meantime.  N Lovesey died a number of years ago but came from a family of lacemakers, mostly bobbin I think.   I met her in 1981 when she gave a talk at a lace day I was at and she was very knowledgeable and interesting.  Or maybe Catherine Barley's Contemporary Needlelace book will have some of the wheels in.    It is somewhere to start.

Comment by Teri Dow on September 16, 2014 at 10:17am
Hi Christiane, I'm so pleased your book has arrived. I too love the wheels and have done several of the ones on the second row. It was for a design which initially appealed and then I lost the motivation to take it a stage further. All the wheels appear to have been done separately and you are correct, it is difficult to determine which wheel matches up with the instructions as there are no illustrations. If you tell me which one interests you, I'll try and match the written instructions to it. Think of the outer circles as a clock face and i can then cross reference. Where all the circles are the same, I think of it as an inner clock, then the centre. Yes, my husband is very much my right hand. I've handed over the reins of the house to him and it feels very strange not to be in charge.

Salut Christiane, Je suis très heureux de votre livre est arrivé. J'aime trop les roues et j'ai fait plusieurs de celles sur la deuxième ligne. Il était d'une conception qui fait appel d'abord, puis j'ai perdu la motivation pour prendre une nouvelle étape. Toutes les roues semblent avoir été fait séparément et vous avez raison, il est difficile de déterminer quelle roue correspond avec les instructions qu'il n'y a pas d'illustrations. Si vous me dites que l'on vous intéresse, je vais essayer de faire correspondre les instructions écrites. Pense que des cercles extérieurs comme une horloge et je peux alors traverser référence. Lorsque tous les cercles sont les mêmes, je pense qu'il s'agit d'une horloge interne, alors le centre. Oui, mon mari est très ma main droite. Je vous ai remis les rênes de la maison pour lui et il se sent très étrange de ne pas prendre en charge.
Comment by Christiane Machabée on September 16, 2014 at 8:26am

Bonjour Teri,
Ça y est, le facteur est enfin là. Beaucoup de nouvelles idées dans ce livre de N. Lovesey, "Creative design in needlepoint lace", tout de même assez semblable à "The technique of needlepoint lace". Cependant, une seule chose me fait de la peine : à son chapitre sur les "wheels", page 104 à 109, aucune illustration n’est là pour mieux faire comprendre ses roues numérotées de 1 à 9. Si toutefois vous connaissiez quelqu’un pouvant me venir en aide sur ce point, je vous en serais très reconnaissante. Peut-être Mme Lovesey donne-t-elle l’information sur l’endroit où les trouver, mais, mes connaissances en anglais ne me permettent pas de le trouver.
Je ne savais pas que vous étiez gauchère aussi. J’espère que votre facteur est venu aussi!

Si je comprends bien, votre marie est votre bras droit...


p.s.: je préfère votre toile d'araignée.

That's it, the factor is finally here. Many new ideas in this book of N. Lovesey, "Creative design in needlepoint lace", still quite similar to "The techniques of needlepoint lace". However, only one thing makes me sad: in her chapter on the "wheels" on page 104 to 109, no illustration there to help me understand its wheels numbered from 1 to 9. If you know someone able to help me on this, I would be very grateful. Perhaps Mrs Lovesey gave this information on where to find them, but my English skills do not allow me to find.
I did not know you were left-handed too. I hope your mailman came too!

If I understand well, your husband is your right hand...
p.s .: I prefer your own spider web.

Comment by Christiane Machabée on August 27, 2014 at 9:08am


Thank you so much. I already have a book from her and I know how expert she is (or was).


Comment by Teri Dow on August 27, 2014 at 7:04am
I forgot to mention the book is only black and white - 66 photographs, 101 line illustrations.

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