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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
More on Teneriffe lace
For anyone interested in the Teneriffe lace I posted about, here is a medallion in progress. In fact, it is virtually done- I have one little length left to finish off.These forms for making Teneriffe make it really easy. What you can hardly see (but it is easily visible if you click on the picture) is that there is a ring of thread around the outside of the medallion that is stitched onto the form (look closely for blue thread around the outside holding the outer edges) through the little holes. Where you place the base thread depends on the size of the finished medallion you want.
The second step is laying down the web- which is very much like doing spirelli string art for those who have tried that. You work the thread back and forth across the center, attaching the web to the base at each hole.
Then comes the fun part- making the pattern. There are tons of different motifs and designs, but it is all basically needle weaving.The curved needle makes it easy to work under and around the threads. The pattern is created according to where you choose to place the knots and how you link the cross threads.
Once you have completed the medallion, you cut loose the base thread from under the form and VOILA!
When I get a chance, I'll finish this medallion and show it here.
If you want to give Teneriffe lace a try, you can get the forms at Snowgoose, an online store for lacemaking supplies. The easiest book to get, and to learn from, is "Teneriffe Lace" by Jules & Kaethe Kliot which you can get either at Lacis - another online lace supply store- for about $18.00 or through ebay where it will cost you many times as much- I guess people don't know it is still in print!
Teneriffe is not a commonly known lace type but is very beautiful and lots of fun. I'll post more about the history and such another day.
Edit added: if you are interested in finding a forum about tatting, check my more recent post HERE.
Edit added: I have started a series of posts showing the making of a Teneriffe Lace medallion step-by-step. The first post in the series is HERE.