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Pattern 55 - Coloured flowers

Someone sent me an email asking for patterns with flowers on. I replied that my patterns were Torchon lace , which didn't lend itself to flowery patterns, and I advised that she tried Bucks Point instead. Then I started thinking whether you could produce flowers with Torchon designs. Here is my first attempt.

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   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 17 pairs (1 green, 1 orange and yellow, 15 cream)

Style: Torchon

   half stitch
   cloth stitch
   twist single pair
   cloth stitch and twist

   scallop (orange, yellow and grey)
   half stitch fan (orange, yellow and grey)
   zigzag (red)
   Bucks Point ground (grey)
   cloth footside (grey)


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

Peculiarities: I decided to use Bucks Point ground because Torchon ground looks all straight lines and right angles, which I was trying to avoid. Since Bucks Point ground tends to have a cloth footside, there is one of those as well. The zigzags could be considered as hearts, as there is only one bend, but the proportions aren't right for hearts! They are coloured by one green pair which starts where indicated (the colours in the pattern represent the colours of the thread rather than the type of stitch). These green workers travel from one zigzag (which is supposed to be leaves) to another as indicated on the pattern. Remember to twist pairs as they leave the cloth stitch zigzags.

The real fun with colour is in the fans and scallops! The passives for both are cream (you could use white or any other colour, of course). The worker pair for the scallops has two colours, which will colour the scallop as usual. I chose one thread to be yellow and one to be orange, but you could choose different colours (or of course you could make them both the same, or even the same as the passives).

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These two colours seem to blend together in the scallops.

But I have been particularly devious with the half stitch fans! If they had been cloth stitch, then there would not be a problem - the coloured pair would be used as workers throughout, and would colour the fan similar to the scallop. Colouring half stitch is more of a problem. However, I noticed that while there is not, strictly speaking, a worker pair in half stitch (although we often talk casually as if there were), there is a worker thread. The same thread is used in every stitch in a row. And, if you twist the last pair at the end of the row, you can make the same thread into the worker thread for the next row as well. This will colour the fan OK (if not as densely as a cloth fan, since there is only a thread rather than a pair), but what about the other thread? Well, it starts at the edge, and it stays at the edge! You may have to experiment to get the worker thread to stay as the worker thread, but I think the effect is worth the trouble! What is more, since I have made the two threads in the pair different colours, I can choose which colour I want the fan to be, by leaving the other thread at the edge.

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Generally speaking, with these fans and scallops, you will have to do a certain amount of surreptitious twisting of pairs to get the colours where you want them.