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Pattern 12 - Gimps

Picture of lace

This pattern introduces picots, which are small loop decorations, often along a lace edge. There are also gimps. A gimp is a thicker thread than usual, which is used to outline patterns.

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 11 pairs + 2 gimps

Style: Bucks Point

   half stitch and twist
   cloth stitch
   gimp (red)

   Bucks Point net (grey)
   picots and passives headside (grey)


The Bucks Point net is the same as the previous pattern.

The picots and passives headside is common in Bucks Point. The passives are similar to a cloth footside. However, unlike a footside, there is no edge pair. The worker pair comes in from the lace, makes a picot round the pin, and returns to the lace. This means that you need to learn how to do a picot! Click here for how to do a picot, which includes an animation, that you can repeat, or step through. Do not worry if you find picots tricky at first. If you look at the large scale photo below, you can find one bad mistake, plus several where the picots have 'separated'. It is odd that most people do not notice such things (although lacemakers do!)

This pattern also uses 2 gimps. Wind a pair of bobbins with thicker thread than usual. The gimp is not hung at the start of the lace. Instead there is a pinhole marked between the Bucks Point net stitches. When you have worked the net above this point, put a pin in, and hang the pair of gimps from that.

Start of gimp

Click here for how to do a gimp, which includes an animation, that you can repeat, or step through. That description includes working a gimp, and finishing it off. This pattern starts and finishes the gimps 3 times. The thicker line shows where the finished gimps must double up.

Picture of lace
Close up of the lace, so you can see the working in more detail