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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 of lace

Bobbins: 6 pairs

Style: Tape

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

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


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.