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Pattern 372 - Butterfly (tape and filler)

Picture of lace

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: variable - I think 10 pairs should cover it!

Style: Tape and filler (some Torchon for the filler)

Stitches:
   half stitch
   cloth stitch
   sewing (joining lace with crochet hook)

Details:
   Torchon ground (green)
   rose ground (green)
   cloth stitch (yellow, red and blue)

Description:

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

Start at the top of the antenae in cloth stitch - 3 pairs each (2 passives + 1 worker pair). Work each down go where they meet, then combine them, making one of the worker pairs into a passive pair. End at the bottom of the body.

The wings are done one at a time. For the top wing's edge, start at the body, threading each pair through the edge of the body to fasten it. Work in cloth stitch all the way round, ending back near the body. Thread one thread of each pair through the edge of the body, and tie to the other thread in the pair. For the filling, start near the body. Every place where the filling touches the edge is either a start, a bounce or a finish. For a start, thread through the edge before winding the bobbins, so the filling is attached to the edge. A bounce is a sewing (see above). A finish threads one thread through the edge, then tie to the other thread of the pair. I haven't given a detailed plan, as there are many ways to work this.

The bottom wing has its edge starting half way round the top edge, and finishes at the bottom of the body. The filling is worked similar to the other one.

The starts are neat, and hopefully the sewings are! The finishes require tying knots and trimming and they do show. The underneath of the lace (as you work it) may well end up neater than the top. I have shown the underneath in these photos.

Picture of lace
Close up of the lace, so you can see the working in more detail