New England
Lace Group

NELG Monthly Meeting

  • November 21, 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge, MA


  • Attendance at monthly meetings is free to members. Newcomers and guests are always welcome!


The library opens at 10:30 a.m., so please come early to visit with your lace making friends. Please register for this event so we know how many to expect.

Don't forget we have a "Show and Tell" table at each monthly meeting that takes place in Sturbridge.  Members are encouraged to bring a fiber-related project that they have recently finished to show to the group, and to declare some bragging rights!

Program: Diagonal half stitch (rescheduled from March)

This month we will be exploring diagonal half-stitch.  This stitch is commonly used in ‘s Gravenmoer Lace, and it is often referred to by this name.  However, it is not limited to this lace.  Examples from other laces will be explored.

A practice piece can be made from the same pattern that was used in November for the “Threads Make the Lace” program as shown in the image.  Rather than making spiders or normal half-stitch diamonds, we will practice making diagonal half stitch diamonds.  Instructions for the diamonds will be provided.

You will need to prepare for this program.  You will need to wind 14 pairs of bobbins and bring the usual bobbin making supplies such as pillow, pins, etc.  You need to prepare a pattern which is available at hereWhile the pattern size is not that critical, try not to select one that is too small for your thread since it will be difficult to tension.  The sample was made with Finca 50 and the “C” pattern.

If you want to get a head start, you can work the pattern up to the pins that surround the first diamond.  Here I used a Dieppe ground (CT pin CTT) which is a variation on the Torchon ground.

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