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Pattern 492 - Le Pompe tape lace 2

Picture of lace

   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 13 pairs

Style: Tape

   cloth stitch

   solid cloth stitch (red)
   cloth footside


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

There is an ancient lace pattern book called Le Pompe. Some patterns are quite simple (click here for some examples) but others look as if they are trying to reproduce needle lace.

Picture of Le Pompe pattern

I tried to reproduce part of the patternin pattern 491. I was reasonably happy with the technique but didn't like the design. So this is a pattern that tries to correct the design defects.

In the previous pattern, there were passives that wandered away from the main tape, then rejoined it somewhere else. These showed as lines. They worked technically, but I didn't like them! So all tape joins in this pattern have a passive pair leave the tape, pushed aside until the tape has been worked down to the next point, where the passive pair joins again. The tape is pulled into contact with itself. This produces an effect similar to a sewing (with a crochet hook) but without the prroblems of trying to do a sewing among a forest of pins (which catch the threads most annoyingly).

Doing this means that the same pin is used for the worker pair when the passive pair leaves the lace, and when it rejoins it. There are three ways to do this. YOu can put in a new pin next to the old one. You can hook the worker pair round the old pin. Or you can take out the old pin, and use it for the worker pair, replacing it in the same hole. The third method works fine, and is easiest. The old part of the tape was worked quite some time ago, so it doesn't pull out of shape.

Another change I made for this pattern was to replace the twisted footside with a thick cloth footside (3 passive pairs). The previous patter had, between the shapes, two cloth tapes and a twisted footside, which meant that there were three groups of bobbins, and I found I got muddled as to whether I had worked a particular group of bobbins to the next pin, or not. Two groups of bobbins are easiest to keep an eye on!

I also wqent back to doing picots, round the top of each branch, and for the top of the footside in the middle of the shape. In fact, some places where I didn't do a picot seem to have formed loops anyway. Picots do add a flourish, I think.

I'm quite pleased with this! I still don't claim to understand tape lace, though.

A larger version of the photo so you can see detail.

Picture of lace