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Making a sewing (joining lace)

How to do a sewing (joining lace)

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This is a way of joining the current part of lace to a previous part. The old lace must be securely pinned down, with the pins pushed in up to their heads (or they will catch on the pins). This method is called a 'sewing', but it uses a crochet hook rather than a needle.

Description: This is not possible to describe using the cross/twist system, since only two bobbins are involved.

Working: Work the current lace to the point where the joining must take place. Remove a pin in the old lace to create a loose loop. Push the crochet hook under this loop. Hook one thread of the edge pair of the new lace. Pull this through, under the old lace, making a new loop. Push the bobbin through this loop. Pull tight. Twist the pair.

You can pick up both threads, and push both bobbins through, but it will take longer, and make a bulkier stitch. The join will be stronger, though.

Since you push the bobbin through a loop of thread, I strongly advise that you use unspangled bobbins (without beads) as in the diagram. Spangles snag on the thread of the loop.

You are attaching the current pair to a part of the lace already worked. It is important that this existing part of lace is in the correct place. I suggest that you keep any pins in such lace (rather than reusing them as usual) until the join has taken place. Push the pins in up to their heads, so they do not snag on any working threads.

This technique is used in tape lace. It can also be used in any lace tradition by, for example, adding an extra border round a mat, to make it bigger.

Example of sewing (joining lace)

This mat was worked as a spiral, starting from the centre, with each new strip added to previously worked lace. See pattern 244.