Learning Bobbinlace 
    Instructions for Basic D

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Bobbin Lace Pattern Basic D - Small mat

  Basic D
Prerequisite for this are: cloth stitch lesson, lessons 1, 3, and 5.  Original size of this pattern is 90mm.
  I printed the pattern out so it was 90mm, and used 40/2 weaving linen.  You can substitute Cordonnet crochet cotton #40, Pearl 12, Bockens linen 35/2.

It required 10 passive pairs + 1 weaver for the cloth stitch trail.  Plus 4 pairs for the star shape inside the cloth circle. Plus 4 pairs for the braids and tallies outside the circle.  I used a total of 19 pairs.
  Hang 10 pairs on the pink pin D. Place 2 temporary pins on the 2 pink x's.  Then carefully remove pin D and lay it horizontally, supported by the pink x pins.

Hang the weaver pair on B.  Make sure this pair has enough thread: it will be used up.

When working the cloth circle trail, twist the weaver several times on both sides, so that you have a large enough hole to sew into when you get to the end.  The outer edge of the circle is not so much a problem because the passives will want to move towards the inner edge.  At the inner edge, I twisted the weaver pair 6 times as it went around the pin.

    Hang 4 pairs on A and 4 pairs on C.  When you start the first braid you will find that the bobbins tend to slide around.  So immobilize one bunch by wrapping it around the pin 3 times.

Refer to lessons 1,3 and 5 for details of how to work this pattern.

As you approach the end, some changes in direction will be necessary so that you can hide the ends behind the cloth circle. 

All the red parts in the diagram at left are the threads where you hung on.

First work the weaver all the way to G, and sew it to the loop there.

Don't knot any of the pairs until all the sewings are finished.  You can undo a sewing (if you find there was a mistake), but you can't undo a knot.

Sew each passive pair into one of the loops from the horizontal pin.

For sewing out the braids, the purple braid should be sewn out at F.

The orange braid should be sewn onto the beginning braid at C, as at left, and then it changes direction and is also sewn out at F.

The last tally should be sewn out at E.

The green braid should be sewn onto the beginning braid at A (see left).  Then it changes direction and should be sewn out at E.

Once all the pairs are sewn into something, knot each pair 2 times.  Then find some way to bundle the threads and wrap them.  Use the wrapping thread to sew the bundle to a pinhole loop, so the bundle remains invisible from the front.

I admit endings are not my best talent, but mine is reasonable.  However there is room for improvement.


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© Lorelei Halley 2012                    First posted June 2012.      Revised July 10, 2012