"I think it is a good idea do do those samples. To have even stitches in gaze point is for me just practice and an even steady hand for tensioning. I usually work with 100/3 or 120/2 Egyptian cotton and the finer the thread the stiches become more…"
"The horse hair is washed and bleached. In Belgium you can buy them prepared to use at about 1000 euro for one tail, that was a few years ago that I have seen one. the picot used with horsehair is a knottet one. In not so old and fine pieces I saw…"
For discussion of construction and style details of antique Alencon needle lace, and for those who want to learn it. Alençon We are now including Argentan. There are some differences but many similarities between the two. Eventually we will be able to clarify. Christiane says: "Anne Kraatz in her catalog of laces "Les dentelles" indicates that, nowadays, Argentan laces are those that consist of more significantly by the "brides bouclées" hexagonal network and a smaller number of "modes" or…See More
"Hi Ona. Thank you for the invite to be your friend. I am not often on internet for the time beeing. My new computer broke down and I am waiting to have a replacement. Now I can read and write on a very old one, but no picture and a very slow…"
"I work in my hands, I never tried to use a pillow, and I never worked point de gaze, it is too fine even if I like to work fine threads. Finer than Egytian Cotton 2/120 is too hard for my eyes to work , I worked miniatures in needlelace , but had to…"
"I dont think that the size of a piece is important as in the old time all the laces has been made in small pieces put together in the end phase.
Usually a lacemaker worked the same stich lifelong, and the pieces went from one worker to the next.…"
"I learned to work the gaze sections first, as they are usually the background , then fill out the motifs. I have a few old not finished pieces , definetly the beginning was the point de gaze too.
My teacher always said to imagine a lace in 3D and so…"
"Gutterman silk is fine to use in needle lace, as will do any other spun silk, it is meant to be used on the sewing machine. Sulky I have not seen until now. The only silk I do not like to work in needle lace is the silk we use in bobbin lace, as it…"