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Pattern 309 - First attempt at tape lace

Picture of lace

While I have done patterns connected to tape lace, here was a first attempt to make something more conventional.

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 6 pairs

Style: Tape

Stitches:
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   turning stitch
   make a sewing (crochet hook) (green)

Details:
   solid cloth stitch (red)
   Winkie pin twisted footside (not shown)
   footside without passives (not shown)

Description:

Follow the links above for explanation of how to work the different parts of the lace.

This was my first attempt to make a piece of tape lace. It is a simple wiggle, with each bend joined to the previous one with a sewing.

There are two types of edge on this pattern. The first bit (on the left) uses a Winkie pin twisted footside. The rest uses a footside without passives. I think I prefer that, since it defines the edge of the tape better, and the contents of the tape don't bunch up so much. Also, it's easier for making the sewings. I also used more pins along the straight bits on the right. I altered the pattern so the whole thing uses that many pins, as I think it improves it.

There are more pins round the outside of each bend than inside. Where I was getting out of step, I did a turning stitch on the inside. This allows the workers to change directions for the next row without using a pin.

The start of the lace has several thread ends, as I originally tried this with a much smaller pattern, and it really did not work. So I cut off the bobbins and started again, but didn't want to rewind the bobbins!

OK, it's a bit messy. But it was a first attempt, both in designing a pattern and working it. Any similarity to a sea serpent is entirely coincidental.