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Comment by Loretta Holzberger on March 21, 2015 at 9:46pm

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. 

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on October 28, 2011 at 6:15pm
I've just added a little piece of Alençon in progress.  I put an 18 to the inch hex grid behind the portion where the net stitch goes, and it had helped. I really learned on this project how relaxed the stitching and especially the return row of whipping the loops needs to be to make it look right.
Comment by Loretta Holzberger on January 23, 2011 at 6:33pm
I've just added scans and close-ups of three pieces of antique Alencon. 
Comment by Loretta Holzberger on January 21, 2011 at 11:21pm
I've added three close-ups of my pt de Gaze fan. 

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