1. Decide on a theme. In this case: butterflies.
|Copy of my 'butterfly' page in One Note|
3. Draw some designs on squared paper (this makes it easier to include some elements of symmetry if you like). When you have a good idea of what you want, then try to draw a 'neat' copy.
4. Research stitches and methods. I have a few 'standard' texts that I look at for ideas. These are just a few:
The Technique of Bobbin Lace by Pamela Nottingham;
Practical Skills in Bobbin Lace by Bridget M. Cook;
The Bobbin Lace Manual by Geraldine Stott
5. Make lots of notes of which stitches / methods / techniques you want to use. Experienced lacemakers will be aware of a number of Lace techniques used in various types of lace. If you like, it's a kind of lace sampler! I find it challenging and interesting to link different lace styles like this, but you may prefer to stick to one type. In this example I have included the following:
i) Head: whole stitch with a decorative hole.
ii) Top body: Half stitch
ii) Lower body: Whole stitch and twist
(all with 4 about the pin foot side edge).
iii) The Inner wings: a simple whole stitch braid, with joining plaits and picots.
iv) Outer edge of top wings: simple whole stitch braid with picot outer edge.
v) Top wings: filling of plaits and leaves.
vi) Lower wings: filled with honeycomb stitch and the 'loops are gimp threads.
vii) The Antenna and extra lower wing parts will be made using a Honiton Lace technique ... details to follow.
6. Copy onto squared paper then trace a 'clean' copy onto white paper. I then numbered each section in the order I intend to make it.
7. Photocopy onto card... to create your pattern (pricking). The great thing here is you can re-size as often as you like. I have made 3 copies (100%, 75% and 50%). I am going to make the middle size first.
9. Pin pricking to pillow; wind bobbins and BEGIN!
I will try to take photos of each stage as I make progress.
The main part is as follows:
Head: whole stitch
First section: Whole stitch & twist
2nd section: whole stitch 2 separate halves with a whole stitch join in centre to create 'vein'.
... each section with simple twist at edge.
1 half stitch
2. whole stitch
3 half stitch
Outer wing edge: simple whole stitch braid.
Next stage: silver leaves added to main wings!