Harz, a Free Pattern  

  © Lorelei Halley 2009 

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A few years ago Ilske Thomsen of Hamburg offered this pattern for me to post on my old website, as a free gift to bobbin lacemakers.  It was only up and available for a few months, so I am posting it here again.  The name of the piece is from a region south of Hamburg that she often visited.  Lacemakers may use the pricking personally and make the lace from it, but any other use whatsoever must have  Ilske's written permission.

     pricking © Ilske Thomsen 2003        working diagram

The original of the pricking is 29 cm wide and 36 cm high.  The current size of the pricking file should print on a standard size piece of computer paper (American size).  To use the pattern, click on the image to get the full screen devoted to just the image file.  Then save each image to your computer.  Open the file in whatever graphics program you have that will allow you to specify the exact size of the printed image.  If the pricking is 20.32 cm x 25.27 cm it will fit on standard American paper (8.5 x 11 inches).  Once you print it out this size, take it to an enlarging photocopy machine and enlarge to 142% to get the original size.  If your printer can take ledger size paper you will be able to avoid this step.  I recommend printing out the working notes file as large as you can also.  You may want to mark your own notes on it as you analyze it and start to work.

Here follow Ilske's notes:
linen 60/3 or 40/2
Bobbins    sun                    6 pairs
                clouds                3-4 pairs
                deciduous tree    about 60 pairs
                conifers              each side 6-7 pairs
                path                    about 50 pairs
                big leaves           10-14 pairs

Start working above with "open beginning" and hang in  the pairs for the sun, the sun-rays and the clouds as the little arrows show, and sew out likewise where little arrows show.

The thick lines are plaits (braids), the pairs of which travel to and enter another motif, may then be incorporated into it temporarily, and then leave it and travel through another part of the picture. 

The background surrounding the tree with tally leaves is torchon ground in Brussels stitch - tctc pin tctc (but you can use another torchon ground variant if you wish).

The conifers start at the top and then the pairs divide to both sides.  The plait (braid) pairs from the grid surrounding the conifers go through the conifers.

The path at the bottom is made in rose (honeycomb) ground (you will have to hang in more pairs as needed).

Where you see little crosses on the working notes, these parts are not sewn on, they are loose, so you get a 3-dimensional effect.  Remember that you are working on the wrong side of the lace, so the loose pieces should be made first, with other parts lying on top of them.

If you are wondering where the butterfly is, this one came along and wanted to sit on a sun-ray for a while.  It is made separately and you can take any pricking you have, size it so it fits appropriately and put it where you want to (or leave it out entirely).

I wish you luck and fun making this picture.

Ilske Thomsen of Hamburg            

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