Sunday, September 14, 2008

Torchon heart, but not right...





You will need to click on these photos to see the problem, but I have definately got some threads crossed. The bobbins were wound with matching spangles, but they don't all match any more.
I am showing this so you can see how it works, it's a sort of weaving, with the weight of the bobbins providing the tension. The fans are done in cloth stitch which is quite simple, two workers weaving in and out of the passives. The ground stitch is more complicated, with more pins, and I get lost knowing which pairs to do next. Practice helps, and I am ploughing on, because I hope to get round and then try again.
Helpful suggestions are welcome.

4 comments:

MimiD said...

Beautiful spangles, Snowy! But please also learn to read the threads as they come away from the pins. This is the toughest thing to learn as a beginner. You're making good progress so I'm sure you'll be able to do this soon. You see, one good knock on your pillow, and the bobbins can jump (yes even spangled ones). But the pins rarely do. So we lacers frequently spend time repositioning bobbins when we go to a new section of the pricking (or back to one we haven't been to in awhile). It looks to me like you're ready to go back to the footside again (inside of heart) after having finished a headside fan. The pink pair of threads at the foot is separated, but only because the bobbins have been jumbled a little bit. I can tell because your thread pairs look like they match up correctly at the pins. Carefully lift other bobbins to uncover the left-hand pink one. Before setting the bobbins down, make sure to sit them down with the correct yellow (orange?) one with the proper number of twists that you are used to seeing at the pin (I can't tell if you are working open - no twists at the end of your stitches, or closed by a twist.) I hope this helps?

snowy said...

Thank-you for that advice, I'll keep trying...watch this space. ;)

TattingChic said...

I don't know enough to give any suggestion whatsoever about bobbin lace of any sort! It's very lovely, wrong or not! I can't tell!

Guzzisue said...

dont't worry, most lace makers are experts at undoing lace - I certainly am as I have had plenty of practise :-)