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Snail - Pattern & Tutorial for Wire Lace : Step-by-Step Instruction, 24 pages with 66 detail photographs PDF Instant Download -



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Pattern & Tutorial Basics#004: SNAIL introduces following techniques:

Cloth stitch weave is a basic building block in bobbin lace. It is often the first thing that new lacemakers learn, before advancing to more complex architecture of the holes. Cloth stitch forms a backbone of many lace patterns. It provides contrast in the open weave and strength to the lace edges.

In wire lace, cloth stitch poses a certain challenge, which is caused by characteristics of the material. Compared to soft and pliable threads wire is hard and rigid. Threads can sit very close to each other and create a dense, solid weave. In wire lace, the same stitches need much more space, because wires, even in fine gauges, do not want to snuggle. When lacemakers work for the first time with wire and come across this disappointing behaviour, they get discouraged. If it’s not possible to make a plain cloth stitch, they might think, how can wire work for lace at all?

I like cloth stitch in lace, and I like wire as well, and I did not want to give up either. I found a method to accommodate the material, and I am happy to share it with you. This tutorial explains various techniques which lead to a beautiful, dense and even cloth stitch weave in wire lace.

The Snail motif was chosen purposefully for this exercise. Not only does the pattern feature a long tape for practicing the stitches, but it also provides a secret hiding place for any uneven, not perfectly tensioned stitches. They are bound to happen when you are learning a new technique, and it applies doubly for wire lace. When the lace tape is finished, it is rolled into a spiral to create the snail’s shell. So if there are any imperfections in lace, they are safely hidden inside the cosy house. And the happy Snail is not in the least perturbed by it!

I invite you to relax and let me guide you through the tutorial. Proceed slowly and carefully, like a snail exploring a new territory. Feel the material, follow its lead and allow the stitches to find their form.
I promise that after this exercise, you will see the wire lace cloth stitch with new eyes.

Required Bobbin Lace Skills : Familiarity with Cloth (Linen) Stitch

Required Wire Lace Skills :
Basic skills of handling wire, winding bobbins, dealing with kinks and breaks.
If you have never worked with wire before, a manual “Wire Lacework: Lenka’s Introduction to Bobbin Lace in Wire”, provides a thorough explanation of all these topics for lacemakers who are transitioning from fibre to wire work.
Safety rules are included with this pattern. Please read before you start working.

Required tools for making lace :
• 12 pairs of Lenka’s Medium Bobbins for Wire Lace are recommended
• lacemaking pillow: block or bolster pillow is recommended to accommodate the pattern which is 38cm (15 inch) long;
other pillows can be used as well, because wire lace is easy to move
• long dressmakers steel pins: size 32 mm [1 1/4 inch] are recommended

Required tools for finishing:
• no special tolls are required

List of materials :
* Copper wire size 0.2 mm (AWG 32) in three colours
* Colour A - 3 meters (3.5 yd)
* Colour B - 3 meters (3.5 yd)
* Colour C - 20 meters (22 yd)
* 2 round glass beads 3-4mm
* glass seed beads (approx. 150 pieces)

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::ABOUT WIRE LACE BASIC SERIES:
Having worked with wire and taught wire lace workshops for more than twenty-five years, I understand the challenges posed by wire medium to lacemakers who are used to working with threads. New School of Lace Patterns & Tutorials for Wire Lace BASIC SERIES are designed and written to make transition from fibre to wire easier. Detailed instructions explain basic rules of wire lacemaking and offer many practical techniques and solutions for mastering the medium. Simple patterns focus on one topic at the time, allowing lacemakers to learn and practice new skills gradually. Wire has an enormous potential in the field of lace. The more lacemakers embrace the wire medium, the faster it will grow and evolve into a unique lace art form.

Happy learning and lacemaking!

Upon purchasing this item you will receive a DOWNLOAD LINK to retrieve your new file. Please note that you will not receive a printed copy of the pattern or any products in the mail.
Reading any "New School of Lace Pattern & Tutorial for Wire Lace" on an electronic reading device will allow you to enlarge the photos for a close-up viewing. You can also print a copy for your reference.

Copyright©Lenka Suchanek 2018. All rights reserved.
This manual may be printed for the personal use of the purchaser only. You may not in any form reproduce or distribute this manual in part or in whole through any venue, electronic, mechanical or otherwise without the written authorization of the author.

During the last hundred years, when hobbyists inherited a wealth of lacemaking patterns from then defunct lace industry, lacemakers became accustomed to a free pattern sharing. It has worked well for many, encouraged people to learn and helped to save the handmade lace craft from a total decline.
With so many patterns in public domain, there is an expectation that all patterns should be free. So why is the copyright making it illegal to copy this material and give to a friend? It’s because the copyright protects rights of contemporary, living designers, to fair compensation for their work. Designing new, original patterns requires knowledge, experience, creativity, and as every lacemaker knows, a lot of time. So much, actually, that applying our current cost and labour calculations would make the patterns prohibitively expensive. The prices are therefore set at a lower range and as a result, majority of lace designers work for far less than a minimum wage, regardless of their skill and dedication. They do it for the love of lace, for the love of craft, for the love of sharing their inspiration that speaks through lace. Because profit is not a priority, this fact is often not mentioned, and the problem is not addressed. In the age of internet, when many people search for free patterns online, it is easy to take advantage of designers’ work. Only awareness through education can facilitate a positive change.
Every lacemaker’s choice makes a difference in the survival of the craft. Purchasing the copyrighted materials is an important step forward, and sets an example of a responsible attitude that values a sustainable communal practice above self-centered interest. If everybody contributes even a little bit, together we can build an ethical lace world that offers a fair chance to all current and future artists and designers. Only then we will be able to say that we truly kept this beautiful craft alive for the next generation. Please do your share!

New School of Lace was established in 2014 in a community of Ocean Park, in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Main goal of the school is to promote interest in traditional craft of handmade lace through teaching, lecturing and exhibiting lace art. The word ‘new’ in the school’s name refers not only to an event of spreading the original European craft to the New World, but also points to a unique potential of handmade lace to evolve and find many new creative expressions.

New School of Lace https://lenkas.com/new-school-of-lace/

School’s founder Lenka Suchanek, a lacemaker, lace artist and lace instructor, has devoted more than thirty years to preserving fine craft of handmade lace and is passionate about keeping lacemaking alive in families and communities for generations to come. She envisions fine craft of lace as a valuable addition to balanced, creative lives of modern people, who will carry on the Renaissance ideals of beauty and harmony, inherent in the delicate lace weave.
Lenka’s Way of Lace https://lenkas.com

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