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Pattern 310 - Fleur de Lys tape lace

Picture of lace

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 8 pairs

Style: Tape

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

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


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.