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I did a little project to get some practice doing the Brides Bouclées type of hex background or reseau work. I used Carolyn Wetzel's bee design again for it. I used 185/2 thread for it and 80/2 for the bee and border. This type of reseau is used on the old pieces for the larger mesh. The whipped twisted stitch makes a rectangular brick pattern, not a hex pattern and it is used for the smaller grid reseau. Photos of the finished piece, the diagonal grid, and the zigzag knotting are shown. You can see the finished effect with the whipping on the finished project. One surprise for me was to find that when I removed it from the working design, it shrunk vertically nearly ¼". The piece is approximately 3" across from side to side, and more from point to point. Obviously there was a lot of tension added when the zigzag knotting takes place, causing the finally shrinkage. I do like the final look of this reseau, but with 3 separate steps, it does take a long time.
Now I use a brick grid at the size needed if I am doing the twisted stitch with whipped return stitch, and a hex grid if I am doing the Brides Bouclées reseau.
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