Dorothy Searle
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I am new to needlepoint lace, but do have long experience of both Honiton bobbin lace and tatting, which means that I am used to managing the tension of a thread and to planning ahead. I have begun…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judith Connors Dec 19, 2012.

 

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Karen Roy replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion A beginner's sampler in the group Alencon
"I also tend to cut very long threads when I work in lace.  It causes tangling problems for the first few stitches, but the length gets used up quickly. "
Jan 2, 2014
Elizabeth Ligeti. replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion A beginner's sampler in the group Alencon
"Well done. I can't imagine working only 2 rows then starting a new thread! I always tend to use too long a thread!! Keep to the same colour for the couching thread, as if you accidentally stitch into it, and can't tweek it out at the end,…"
Jan 1, 2014
Devon Thein replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion A beginner's sampler in the group Alencon
"Very nice! It does look fuzzy, although given that it is so magnified it is hard to tell if it looks that fuzzy in real life. When I took needle lace lessons from Irma Osterman, I was surprised at how frequently she would start a new thread to…"
Jan 1, 2014
Lorelei Halley replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion A beginner's sampler in the group Alencon
"Wow!"
Jan 1, 2014
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion A beginner's sampler in the group Alencon
"For my finest work, I used 100/2 doubled for the trace, 240/2 for the Reseau, 140/2 for the other parts, and #30 crochet cotton for the cordennet.  I have not had a problem with the crochet cotton making the edges too stiff, but maybe I was…"
Jan 1, 2014
Loretta Holzberger replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion A beginner's sampler in the group Alencon
"Nice job!  I see what you mean about the thread being fuzzy.  I've used Kantklosgaren Egyptisch Katoen and NeC Egyptisch katoen and they have both held up very well.   "
Jan 1, 2014
Dorothy Searle added a discussion to the group Alencon
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A beginner's sampler

Here is my first attempt at an Alencon sampler. It consists of 9 half-inch squares and uses gassed cotton thread - size 160 for the reseau in the centre and 120 for the rest. I see that this thread does become a bit fluffy, but I couldn't find anything else fine enough. The trace and cordonnet are in size 100 crochet cotton - this worked well for the trace, but the cordonnet made the edges too stiff. What do others use for cordonnet? Would using a different colour for the thread that fixes the…See More
Jan 1, 2014
Lakshmi R replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion English translation of la Dentelle a l'Aiguille by Brigitte Delasques Depalle , Chapters 4,5,6,7,10 &11 in the group Beginners Needle Lace
"Thanks dear :)"
Dec 8, 2013
Florencia Moore replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion Questions in the group Alencon
"I will try to get ahold of a copy, thank you; This is very helpful. :D "
Jul 21, 2013
Dorothy Searle replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion Questions in the group Alencon
"Dear Florencia, The instructions for picots are in Brigitte D Depalle's book  - Abe Books supplied my copy recently. I have posted an English translation, but you need the original for the diagrams. The horse hair is used to support the…"
Jul 20, 2013
Florencia Moore replied to Dorothy Searle's discussion Questions in the group Alencon
"I have a few questions about the picots made with horse hair, are they just looped on the horse hair? is the horse hair used as a gauge? Is it removed later? How are they actually made?"
Jul 19, 2013
Dorothy Searle replied to Linda Grové's discussion lace pillow
"Dear Linda, I use a pillow as I find it much easier to use both hands for making the lace (I am learning the Alencon technique). The instructions I used to make it are on page 67 of 'The Technique of Needlepoint Lace' by Nenia Lovesey…"
Jul 12, 2013
Dorothy Searle added a discussion to the group Beginners Needle Lace
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English translation of la Dentelle a l'Aiguille by Brigitte Delasques Depalle , Chapters 4,5,6,7,10 &11

Here is a very amateur translation of the chapters of this excellent book which refer to traditional Alencon lace.See More
Jun 12, 2013
Dorothy Searle commented on Lorelei Halley's group Beginners Needle Lace
"Dear Lorelei, I've discovered the problem: the file is too large. The compatible version is 107KB, the normal one 59KB. Where do we go from here?  Best wishes, Dorothy.French%20book%20translations.doc"
May 31, 2013
Dorothy Searle left a comment for Lorelei Halley
"Dear Lorelei, I don't know where my translation went; I couldn't see it either. What I did was to join the beginners group and add a comment, using the paper clip icon to send the file. I did e-mail you asking for help when I couldn't…"
May 30, 2013
Lorelei Halley left a comment for Dorothy Searle
"Dorothy I don't see your translation.  Where did you put it?"
May 30, 2013

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Your skill level
beginner
What kind of needle lace do you make, and how long have you been making it?
Alencon 3 weeks
What kind or kinds of needle lace do you want to learn?
Alencon
Tell us about your other lace related interests.
I also make Honiton bobbin lace (40 years) and tatting (45 years).

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At 2:32pm on May 30, 2013, Lorelei Halley said…

Dorothy

I don't see your translation.  Where did you put it?

At 2:50pm on December 15, 2012, Lorelei Halley said…

Dorothy

Welcome.  Please read all the NOTES.  They explain our policies, the laces we include, and how the software works.  Join any groups that interest you.  We do have one for Alencon.  Also, Laurie Waters, who taught an Alencon class at the IOLI convention this summer, is a member of our community.  If you have any questions, contact me and I'll try to help.

Lorelei

 
 
 

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