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.




Uithalen of uithuilen?

February 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Nederlands | Leave a comment
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Wat zou jij doen?

discovered after removing the pins: way too late

Deze fout ontdekte ik pas na het hergebruiken van de spelden. Veel te laat dus.

a few rows to undo along the full with

Hier kwam ik scheef uit. Speld overslaan, of toch een aantal rijen over de volle breedte overniew doen?

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


December 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Posted in Nederlands | 2 Comments
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Nieuw project, nieuw garen (Egyptisch katoen 70/2), nieuwe spelden (‘La Couronne d’Or’), nieuwe printer (een canon inkjet). Allen de plastificering heb ik vaker gebruikt: matte raamdecoratie. Wat veroorzaakt de zwarte vlekken als ik iets uithaal, of liever hoe kan ik ze voorkomen? De vlekjes zitten maar aan een kant van de draden. Het lijkt bij de spelden te gebeuren.


December 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Posted in English | 3 Comments
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New project, new thread (egyptian cotton 70/2), new pins (‘La Couronne d’Or’), new printer (a canon inkjet). Only the laminating material is familiar: a matte version to decorate windows. What is causing the black stains when I undo something, or more important: what would be the remedy? The stains are only on one side of the threads. It seems to happen at pins.

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