Challenge

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.

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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.

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added-pair

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.

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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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Bewaren

Bewaren

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Math and lace II

June 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 TesseLace.com), and choose stitches and thread colors to get even more variations. The generator gives you matching pair and thread diagrams.

proof-of-concept

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.

Would you undo?

February 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Posted in English, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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discovered after removing the pins: way too late

discovered after removing the pins: way too late

a few rows to undo along the full with

quite a few rows to undo along the full width

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