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Pattern 313 - Tape lace sampler

Picture of lace

This is a sampler - a piece of lace to try out different ideas. In this case, I am trying different types of tape and different fillings. Some of them worked, some of them didn't. You can adapt the pattern to give the tapes and fillings that you prefer.

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 8 pairs

Style: Tape

Stitches:
   cloth stitch
   half stitch
   cloth stitch and wist
   tally (green)
   plait (yellow)
   picot (yellow)

Details:
   solid cloth stitch (red)
   solid half stitch (blue)
   footside without passives
   Winkie footside with twisted passive
   joining shapes horizontally
   types of tape
   fillings

Description:

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

This was an experiment. Some of this worked, some of it didn't. I found out afterwards that one side had the pin holes for the tape further apart than the other! That didn't help. (I've corrected this in the pattern above).

The cloth stitch, cloth stitch with Winkie Pin footside, and cloth stitch with conventional footside worked as expected. By the way, the footsides are on the outside only. The inner edge would look cluttered with footsides, I think. The connections between the tapes is not done with a crochet hook. The three tapes are worked at the same time, and are joined using normal lace stitches. So the footsides are not really needed all. (Usually the holes caused by the footsides help with the sewings.) However, the footsides make an attractive edge to the whole piece of lace, I think.

The half stitch tape in the middle has come out rather oddly, I think! It could be that I positioned a couple of pin holes wrong (the ones either side of the joining of the tapes). But I suspect that half stitch tapes can be a problem, especially if the number of pairs in the tape varies. However, the difference between the more open and the closed-up parts of its tape have their own charm!

For the rest of the tapes, two worked. These are the one where the workers are twisted half way through, making little holes, and the one made of cloth stitch and twist throughout (or, if you prefer, workers and passives are twisted at every stitch). I only did these effects when the tape had 5 pairs in, between where the pairs left to make the fillings, and where they rejoin. These special effects are better if there aren't too many pairs squashed together!

Two tapes didn't work. One is where all passives were twisted, and one where the centra two pairs of passives are twisted in opposite directions. Something can be seen in the photo, but it's not obvious. I had great hopes of the 'twisted in opposite directions', as this is rather strange for normal lace. However the original description (see types of lace) said it should be done with thicker thread, which would show up more, of course. Twisting all passives might work better if the threads were more spaced out. Tape lace, using cloth stitch so much, is rather sensitive to thread thickness / pattern size.

The fillings were more successful (apart from the fact that I'm not very good at tallies and picots!) It's a lot easier to do tallies if you haven't worked the tape down too far either side of them. But that means that you have finished the tallies, and have to lay them to one side while you work the tapes down to where they rejoin the tapes. And the tallies strt to unravel a bit... I did find out that it's best to use the same thread as workers for the tallies either side of the central pin. It's tempting not to, but then as you're tightening the tally, the previous tally starts to twist. Aren't tallies annoying!

Plaits are easier, of course, but they do look a little thin, especially compared with tallies. So sometimes plaits are decorated with picots. You need to be confident with picots as they point left and right either side of the plait, and also they are in the middle of the lace, and not on the edge. So a little trickier...