"Handy Hands Tatting at www.hhtatting.com carries lots of brands of thread, but my favorite from them is Lizbeth which comes in #40 as well as many other sizes and a vast selection of colors and shaded colors. "
"Let your needle dangle often to get the kinks out. With finer threads, I knot my thread to the needle so it does not drop off when I dangle the needle and thread. To knot a thread to the needle, first thread it. Then with about 3…"
"I don't know what type of thread you are using, but cotton works better than most. A #30 or #40 crochet cotton works very well. Then you need to snug each knot up tight. It should be difficult to try to un-stitch or untie.…"
"I'm attaching a stitch diagram. I like doing the twisted stitch working with the needle away from me. The example shows the Alençon ground where the return is whipped. But for Point de Gaze, the return from right to…"
"Yes, couch with regular sewing thread.
Practice the stitches with heavier threads first. When they feel comfortable, move down to a finer thread. Between the practice with the Gutterman silk, next try the ground with your 80/2.…"
"As Paula said, your stitches are very even, and it sure does not look like a first try. For the double brussels spacing the rows further apart would give you a more open, airy look. This is probably what you would want for that…"
"Yes, Guttermann marked S303 is the one. It is rather similar in weight to the Maderia 30/2 quilting thread. They are both a little heavier than sewing thread which is usually about 50 weight. As the number goes up, the weight goes down,…"
"Point de Gaze is a very delicate lace, usually made with very fine threads. I've done some projects with 80/2 Egyptian cotton or similar weight for the design elements and 120/2 Egyptian cotton for the net. I know finer would look…"
"Your little piece is beautiful. Like mine, your reseau is not perfect, but still looks good. Here is the finished piece of Alençon from the patterns I posted. As you can see, there is nothing perfect about my reseau either.…"
"After spending many years always working with my needle pointing toward me, I finally learned to do twisted stitch with the needle pointing away from me. For me it works better. One thing I do to help make my stitches even is to print a…"
Loretta - I greatly enjoyed your article on Alencon in the recent IOLI Bulletin. I would be very happy to have it here as well, as you did with the Halas lesson. Or perhaps after the 2nd part has appeared in the Bulletin. That style does seem to collect more interest than most antique styles of needle lace, except for gros point and point de gaze. So it would be great to have your instructions readily available for English speakers.
I enjoyed your article in the spring IOLI Bulleton. Your experiments with parchment are especially useful. I have heard recent questions about using it in another online network. I think you are the only person who actually tried it.
Thank you! The size of it is 3 in x 5 in. I have not stitched it, I'm in the process of couching on the base, I will post pictures as I go along~ they don't have many threads available in my area, so I will use DMC Cotton Perle for the outline and common cotton sewing thread for the motifs and background and see how it works out...
Loretta, I want to thank you for commenting and answering questions for our beginners. Your active participation and helpfulness are a real gift to our community. And your skill in several forms of needle lace is worth celebrating.
The Kenmare Lace and Design Centre is normally closed on Sundays, however, I will be delighted to open it for you on the Sunday assuming nothing else gets in the way. I have nothing in the diary at the moment so I should be ok. Please email me on email@example.com nearer to the time so we can arrange a time etc.