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.




Math and lace II

June 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Posted in English | Leave a comment
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A lot of water went under the bridge since the previous article, didn’t use Voronoi-Delaunay diagrams after all but force directed graphs. The diagram generator left the proof of concept stage that just showed just a few stitches without anything choose. Now you can select a pattern resulting from Ph.D. research by Veronika Irvine (see, and choose stitches and thread colors to get even more variations. The generator gives you matching pair and thread diagrams.


Proof of concept

Nothing to install, just play with a web form. The work is still not done as the generator still has its problems generating thread diagrams for some of the patterns.

Math and lace

October 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm | Posted in English | 1 Comment
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The Voronoi-Delaunay diagram reminds how the DiBL ground generator builds on a paper by Veronika Irvine. She generates tons of variations of graphs as illustrated with the networks of connected dots. Then I jump in with DiBL to draw stitches on the cells or tiles. Thread diagrams help to study the effect of variations in color or thread size, corresponding color coded diagrams help to create the actual lace.

The diagram editor is built with the same JavaScript library as the Voronoi-Delauny diagrams. These are just two of various inspiring finds. Sad there are way too few hours in a day to get things to a next level for bobbin lace. Really need more (wo)man-power. Any volunteers interested?

Voronoi Diagram with Force Directed Nodes and Delaunay Links

Voronoi – Delaunay Interactive version

Ronde Rasters

June 3, 2015 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Nederlands | Leave a comment
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Er zijn vele polaire rasters in de omloop, maar bij de meeste traditionele vormen hebben de slagen aan de binnenkant een andere vorm dan aan de buitenkant.


De rechter variant is sinds kort op twee manieren beschikbaar (zonder de lijntjes, die zijn toegevoegd om te benadrukken dat de vierkantjes aan binnen- en buitenkant even vierkant zijn):

  • Maak op een web pagina je keuze in variant en afmetingen, selecteer via afdruk-voorbeeld de pagina met het raster en druk deze af. Meer heeft het niet om het lijf. Druk je af in landschapsformaat, dan kan de marge het volledige adres van de pagina bevatten, daarin staan de keuzes die je gemaakt hebt voor als je hetzelfde nog eens wilt afdrukken. Met een verkeerd aantal stippen per ring kan rechts een onregelmatigheid ontstaan. Geen probleem voor een waaier, maar probeer het anders even uit tot het klopt.
  • Om een raster op de computer verder te bewerken is er een InkScape plugin variant. InkScape is een gratis programma. Met deze variant kun je ook rasters met verschillende dichtheden combineren, een beetje zoals linksboven. Niet door mijzelf getest maar waarschijnlijk kun je een raster met InkScape gemaakt ook met Adobe Illustrator verder bewerken. Ik hoor het graag als iemand dit kan bevestigen of tegen spreken.

De pagina’s zijn in het Engels, ik wil een zo breed mogelijk publiek bereiken en ga graag door met andere software voor het kantklossen. Wil je helpen met een vertaling dan kan dat natuurlijk.

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