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Pattern 40 - Hearts with curved edge

Picture of lace

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 16 pairs

Style: Torchon

Stitches:
   half stitch
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   twist single pair (grey)

Details:
   trail headside (blue)
   cloth stitch heart (red)
   cloth diamond (red)
   Torchon ground (grey)
   twisted footside (grey)

Description:

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

Remember to twist pairs as they leave the cloth stitch hearts.

There is a trail headside. This is more common for English Midland lace rather than Torchon. Click here for more information.

Between the hearts is a tiny diamond, only 2x2. In the diamond description, I say firmly that diamonds must be at last 3x3, and this pattern is the reason why! It certainly does not look like a diamond. Some simple nets or grounds have tiny tallies in, to break up the expanse of net. Tallies are rather a nuisance, so I tried doing tiny diamonds instead. I'm not sure if they work! When I originally worked this lace, I thought not, but looking at it again, it is not as bad as I thought. That is a good lesson for making bobbin lace, by the way. Don't judge a piece too harshly immediately you work it. Put it away, and look at it again later. Your initial judgement tends to be critical, because you eye is focused on the minute working of lace (since you have just been working it!) Later, your eye is focused more as ordinary viewers of the lace would see it.