GroundForge Nieuwtjes

May 26, 2019 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Nederlands | Leave a comment
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Het is weer tijd voor een update over de Gronden Smidse*.

In 1917 is bij De Waaier een presentatie gehouden. Deze is sindsdien een aantal malen aangepast aan nieuwe ontwikkelingen. De presentatie is via het archief te downloaden: zowel als pdf als in power-point formaat.

In plaats daarvan is er nu een nieuwe snelcursus in meerdere talen, zie de links onder de afbeelding.

*: to forge = smeden, vormen, kneden (en vervalsen)


Updated May 29


Beddengoed Rembrandthuis

May 4, 2019 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Volgens mijn man was ik de enige die de kantjes in het Rembrandthuis fotografeerde. De rest van het huis en zijn inventaris heb bekeken met de camera op zak. Ik maak me geen illusies dat Rembrandt op deze kussens onder de lakens heeft gelegen.

Uit de Volkskrant van : …de dekens zijn vergaan, het stromatras verrot, het hout verdwenen… Een reconstructie zal slechts ‘echte nep’ opleveren, menen zij: ‘Het wezenlijk verschil tussen antiek en authentiek wordt eenvoudigweg over het hoofd gezien.’ … De discussie over wel of niet reconstrueren is niet nieuw. In 1906 werd die ook al gevoerd. … ‘Een kijkhuis vol valsche meubels’ volgens kunsthistoricus Jan Six.

De inventaris van Rembrandt’s faillissement gaat niet eens in op details als kant aan kussens.

Zoals gewoonlijk in musea was het vrij donker en moest ik over mijn eigen schaduw heen uit de hand fotograferen. De zelfontspanner van twee seconden die soms net weer wat kan schelen vergat ik ook. De meeste foto’s zijn dus niet zo goed.


Feature 31 of Binche Kompakt

March 31, 2019 at 5:16 pm | Posted in English | Leave a comment
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Haven’t made any progress on my Binche Kompakt project since the last post four months ago. The complexity of feature 31 was blocking me. Also too busy improving GroundForge, the online diagram generator. Saw the work of someone else on the web who did the challenging ground with just ctct but I prefer the effect of alternating ct/ctct stitches.

The description refers to an article by Anne-Marie Verbeke-Billiet in issue 2/2000 of “Kant”. The article puts four variations of sometimes lost Binche grounds in historical context. The close up still does not make it easy to check for mistakes.

So why not use my own generator for a thread diagram? The green marks are added manually.


The interactive version at GroundForge is very slow on tablets and phones.

PS – April 7,12,24 May 26:

A new tutorial uses this example to create variations. The number of possibilities runs unto the thousands.



Binche Kompakt challenge

November 28, 2018 at 11:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In an earlier post I expressed the intention to tie of my “Binche Kompakt” project in an early stage, at the same point as blogger Giselle. Lots of advise on the tension problems made me change my mind. That doesn’t mean I’m in the clear now.

One of the advises was insect pins with nail polish on the heads as additional support pins. The fun thing about them: by wobbling they tell you when you pull too much.

Back then I posted a drawing I distilled from Susan Roberts instructions to “break the inner ring”. Recognizing the situations in the diagrams kept puzzling me. Now the penny dropped. The last (or first) cloth stitch pair around a cloth stitch section is the inner ring pair. Workers and passives can change roles just inside this ring pair. In those situation you make an extra cloth stitch with the ring pair and the pair that changes its direction. Nothing else changes. I marked the situations in the diagram fragment below in red. I have my doubts on the green mark.

SR also wrote me you don’t break the ring pair in chevrons as they are usually too dense to create holes. But in the situation below I feared a hole. Perhaps I could have placed the pins more inwards but I came up with my own solution drawn on the right of the main diagram.

Almost a year has gone by and I only rounded two more corners. The tension wasn’t the only problem. From time to time I get at difficult cloth stitch sections, such as curls and flowers with hearts (as in the fragment shown below) where the cloth stitch sections are only separated by twisted pairs. I hardly see the logic and get lost in all the thread movements. Not something relaxing to resume after a mind boggling working day. At such points the intervals between making lace quickly turn from days into weeks and even months, too many other distractions.

I hope this taught me a lesson in selecting patterns for myself: avoid adjacent cloth stitch sections without any ground in between. Right corners with a 60 degree ground are also a headache.


GroundForge nieuwtjes

August 26, 2018 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Nederlands | Leave a comment
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De ontwikkeling van GroundForge heeft niet stilgestaan sinds de presentatie bij kantkring De Waaier in november 2017.

Er is een laagdrempeliger pagina bijgekomen. Daarop is het eenvoudiger om slagen te kiezen op een draadschema. Op de draaddiagrammen is het ook eenvoudiger om contrasterende draden te kiezen. Ook nieuw is de site-map, een visuele inhoudsopgave. In postzegelformaat worden de belangrijkste kenmerken weergegeven van de pagina’s. Onder de postzegels directe links naar de pagina’s. Pijlen geven de belangrijkste links tussen de pagina’s aan.

animated diagram of a pairdiagram Deze animatie zou in de pdf-versie van de presentatie niet werken. Het laat zien dat je ook nog de spelden in een draadschema naar eigen inzicht kunt verschuiven, tenminste, na downloaden, zoals uitgelegd op de (Engelse) help-pagina. De pdf versie is op meer punten bijgewerkt na november.

Lacy après ski

March 12, 2018 at 7:09 pm | Posted in English | Leave a comment

At home there are too much distractions, sooner or later they move making lace to the background. Holidays are usually a trigger to resume.

The pillow barely accommodates the “Binche Kompakt” pattern, I had to pad the corners. A skirt-like cover cloth padded with a scarf or whatever is at hand extends the working surface of the pillow. The skirt has a more or less stiff padding on the back to keep its shape and a soft padding on top to easily pick up the tiny honiton bobbins.

Zin om zelf te klossen?

November 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm | Posted in Nederlands | Leave a comment

Zin om zelf te klossen, maar het komt er maar niet van of lukt het niet alleen? Er is nog plek om de eerste beginselen te leren, met raad en daad bijgestaan te worden, of gewoon gezellig samen ervaringen uit te wisselen. Begint je postcode met 26 t&m 30 (of wil je verder reizen) en schikt het om de andere woensdagmiddag? Neem dan gerust contact op voor nadere details.

Kantje per week uit archief

November 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Nederlands | Leave a comment

Wie de kantjes per week van Gon Homburg en haar kring gemist heeft kan ze nog in een web archief vinden. Er is een overzicht van de 100 kantjes. Mocht een link niet werken, probeer dan deze index en filter bijvoorbeeld op “2016 pdf”.

Veel plezier ermee.

Binche/Flanders tension solutions

February 5, 2017 at 8:45 am | Posted in English | 1 Comment
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My previous post started a discussion on Arachne about using additional support pins and other thechniques. I made a working diagram out of Susan Roberts’ description. I also like Clay Blackwell’s idea of nail polish for the insect pins used as additional support pins.

On the left the usual working diagram of an “insmijting“, the LOKK suggest a ctctc for the orange stitch, on the right how Susan Roberts learned it from Anne-Marie Verbeke-Billiet.

The difference between Flanders and Binche is an additional gimp for the first.




February 3, 2017 at 10:59 pm | Posted in English, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Bored with winding bobbins I looked for a challenge and stumbled on the “Binche compact” sampler, designed (assembled from other patterns) by Hildegund Jene for the German lace guild, the DKV. Somebody told me being able to read a color coded diagram would allow me to recreate it. When the pattern arrived it said to require experience with Flanders Paris and Valencienes lace. I only had some experience with Flanders, so I got my challenge. Along the edge it is not the complexity but the larger cloth stitch areas with pairs changing direction without a pin for support that created a real tension problem. I must admit I’m a puller. So I decided to to continue a while longer with the ringed snow flakes (Ulrike’s “Viele gute Grunde” might provide a variation) and  reuse an earlier corner to tie off prematurely.

Now I have another challenge:

Somehow fill in the gaps along the corner in a more or less symmetric way. Where the picots change into a straight edge, there are three additional pairs to get rid of, perhaps I should replace the last outer snowflake. Suggestions and warnings would be welcome.

A consequence of not undoing too much will be one edge with picots and three without. But its a sampler after all, so why not?

binche-hoekUpdate 1:

A first sketch shows it are only two pairs to get rid of. But it is definitely not wining any beauty contest.


Update 2:

Susan Roberts hinted me to remove some more of the original pattern. So a new sheet of transparent paper with removable tape on a new print. It is going better now. But I need to remove more on the bottom right. On the left I could use pairs as threads to make a pair disappear in the spider.


On the right an upside down scan of how the pair was added. Something like that could also be an idea, weave one thread through the ring pair, a half knot with itself makes a double twist and weave it back into the spider to double its sibling. To be continued…

Update 3:

Reread Susan’s message, she thought more “bolletjes” might fit. Indeed they did. The two pairs to get rid of can meet in the spider. Once the puzzle is cracked it looks so simple.


Update 4:

As pairs going up takes seasoned Binche lace makers completely out of their habits and rhythm another version. The smudges show it did not came easily, and I’m still not sure I got everything right.




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