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Pattern 310 - Fleur de Lys tape lace

Picture of lace

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 8 pairs

Style: Tape

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

Details:
   solid cloth stitch (red)
   solid half stitch (blue)
   corner of trail or tape
   footside without passives (not shown)

Description:

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

Most of this is cloth stitch (red), but I did a bit of half stitch (blue), so I could try out turning stitch and twist This worked OK, but the half stitch part as a whole is a dreadful mess! I think you should use cloth stitch throughout if you want to try 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. However, in some places the bends are very sharp. So (sometimes) I used my technique of making a corner of trail or tape. And sometimes, if the bend went one way and then the other, I just went from pin to pin, even if the rows became rather diagonal rather than straight across. In fact, I kept changing my mind which technique to use, and I'm afraid it shows.

The green dots are where the sewings are, and there are far too many! I am still learning how to design tape lace patterns and this one is rather a mess. It is certainly important to push down the pins to stop then snagging on threads, and this is especially true for the sewings.

I have explored this idea further in this series: pattern 488, pattern 489, pattern 490.