Monthly Archives: August 2012

Drawn thread or open work- free pattern for a decorative pillow

 

 

I love to change pillows around my house as much as my mother use to change the position of furniture once. One day my bed was here, second day at the opposite wall. Then I hate it but now…

I have summer pillowcases, winter ones, Easter, Christmas, bad day, good day,I hate you, I love you, I don`t give a sh..  and a tone of others to do, in my computer and in my work basket, just because I think that you can change a house by changing small things like pillows or curtains (about this another time ).

After I planned to do a cross stitch pillow case with a big heart full of letters, with beautiful colors (different tones of pink), I bought material, thread and all but then…. I stumbled over a drawn thread (or open work or punto tirato) project and I fell in love (again). My DH is still amazed how I can change my mind in one second and do a totally different project from the one I started. What !!! I have to feel guilty ??? No, one day I will still do that wonderful pink heart. Just not now.

This is  one of the  free books from  Antique Pattern Library where you can find wonderful patterns and details about how to do drawn thread work and pretty much everything about handwork .The one I used is here and is very good even if you know nothing about this technique because is explained very well and complete

Free  drawn thread book from antique pattern library

Free drawn thread book from antique pattern library

At page 32 is the figure 70 for an open work ground

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

and this is the result.

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

 

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

 

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

 

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

 

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

 

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

drawn thread, open work, punto tirato

I still have to do those spirals over but is so delicate and I like it so much as it is. For the moment it stays like this.

More details next time.

Good night ladies.

 

 

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Romanian Point Lace- plate cord free patern

This simple to do plate cord can be used on edges of projects and also in the interior of projects where wide cord is required. Wide approx 8 mm.

I used this cord here on the square doily just finished for July CAL on Rav , crochet hook no1,

thread  thread used for cord in romanian point lace

thread used for cord in romanian point lace

Hope you like it.

Abbreviations
Ch- chain
sc = single crochet
TL- turn left
First:chain 3,1 sc in each chain- this is foundation row, TL
Row 1:*skip first ch ,1 sc in second ch from hook (both threads), 1 sc in third ch from hook(both threads), 1 sc in the edge ( take only one thread), TL* repeat to desired length.

plate cord romanian point lace

plate cord romanian point lace

to see the difference

compare between two romanian lace cords

compare between two romanian lace cords

 

And now, the story (of yesterday).

Most of you already know that I grow up in a communist country.  I soon learned that being left handed is a kind of shame or disease and, if you can, is better to try to pretend that you are“ normal“ .

First class at school, despite the fact that I knew to write well ,thanking to my 2 years older brother, I was forced to learn  again how to write correct- with the good hand, the right one.

My lovely teacher found that a good way to do this is to put a glove in my left hand and to tide it to my back with a cord (not Romanian cord).  What do you want more for a small girl to feel “special“ ??brother

I still have flash backs with my mother whispering – do not use THAT hand,  and later a lot of people around-Oh my god, you are left handed !!

Finally I learned to do almost all things like “normal“ people and I still try to hide “the disease“.  I learned also that being different( left handed, gay,dyslexic, autist) is not easy, not pleasant but is in your brain and it cannot be changed. Wish all the best to all normal or special people around.

Good night ladies

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Romanian Point lace- How to do a small ring

Small rings are used to help covering bigger spaces between cords in Romanian Point Lace. Here I used 4 pcs. of rings, finished size – 7mm diameter.

romanian point lace square doily with 4 small rings used

romanian point lace square doily with 4 small rings used

First appreciate how big the ring need to be.

small ring place romanian point lace

small ring place romanian point lace

To achieve each time equal rings, a few toothpicks or matchsticks will do a good job. Here I used 3 toothpicks.

Put them together with a piece of thread or scotch band at 1/3 from one end.

small ring in romanian point lace

small ring in romanian point lace

Let 20-25 cm thread long at the beginning, turn the thread around the toothpicks 4- 5 times.

Cut the other end of thread 20-25 cmtr long. Put a needle at this end.

Do one or two  feston points vertically under all 5 threads and pull the ring gently out.

small ring in romanian point lace

small ring in romanian point lace

Do other feston points around the ring, taking care to keep equal  thread tension .

small ring in romanian point lace

small ring in romanian point lace

Complete the ring with feston points and, at the end, pass the thread through the first 2 feston points to close the ring.

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

Now you have a small ring with two long threads. This ends will be used to do the bars.

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

When you start to do the bars, use a pin to keep the ring in place.

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

Finished it looks like this.

small ring used in romanian point lace

small ring used in romanian point lace small doily

Good night ladies. Hope you enjoyed.

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