What kind of needle lace do you make, and how long have you been making it?
What kind or kinds of needle lace do you want to learn?
Venetian Gros Point. I also want to learn how to add bars or connectors with just the needle to make more complex patterns and recurring patterns.
Tell us about your other lace related interests.
I love all lace but prefer needle laces and admire bobbin laces but I am intimidated by all of those bobbins. Needle Lace seemed like a reasonable place to start and I began by incorporating it into other embroideries.
Anastasia If you go to http://needlelacetalk.ning.com/group/threads/forum/topics/thread-equivalents you will find a list of thread equivalents. Pearl 12 is roughly the same size as Cordonnet crochet cotton #40 (DMC, Anchor, Lizbeth). Also if you work with the 2nd tutorial, on Leaf 10, there are suggestions about thread sizes. You can enlarge or reduce the pattern to make it a size that is workable for you. I suggested alternatives for 2 different sizes.
With needlelace using the exact thread is not really necessary. The lace maker can adjust sizes to suit. If your thread is just a tiny bit thicker that the one suggested, just make fewer stitches per row. Of course, if you use a thread much thicker than the suggested one, you may still be able to work the piece, but the lace will look much different from the original. And that may be OK with you. The beginnger phase is about learning how to space stitches to fill a space, and this means how to judge a thread size for a particular space.
Anastasia I wrote 2 very simple tutorials for beginners. They are in our BEGINNERS group. The 1st one, a simple bookmark, includes a few sections for making connecting bars, as well as for teaching the basic working method. You might want to look at it and work through it. The Guild of Needle Laces has published 2 little pamphlets on needlelace technique that several of us have used. The booklets contain patterns which would give you opportunities to try out and practice the connecting bars. The BEGINNERS group opening page has lots of useful information. Although your skill level is intermediate, there may be some resources listed there that you are not aware of yet.
Anastasia Welcome. Please read all the NOTES. They explain our policies, the laces we include, and how the software works. Our focus in this network is quite narrow. But there is another network that I administer which includes Romanian point lace and all handmade laces You might want to look at that, too. Http://laceioli.ning.com After you have had a chance to look around, contact me if you have any questions.