When working on the silk piece, I decided to use twisted picots exclusively. I made no changes to the workup method from the full double picots on the cotton and linen. The image below illustrates how I held the picot loop out with a pin so I have room to maneuver a hook through.
When I pull a loop through from the other plait, I would also secure it to the pillow to give ample room to pass the second bobbin through. When the sewing is finished, the pin holding the second loop is removed and the sewing bobbins are allowed to hang loosely. My attention is refocused on the picot pair, to tension the twist up and around the pin. If I start working the right hand side plait right away, I will inevitably pull the picot, expanding the size. To prevent this, if the inner plait is worked first, the threads become locked down, preventing the pull from the other side.
Welcome to the SCA blog of Lady Jane Caldwell. Lady Jane plays in 1534 and is interested in early period lace. Lady Jane hails from the Barony of Skraeling Althing in Ealdormere. Lady Jane is also a clothes whore who will wear clothing from multiple periods to either feel pretty or feel comfortable.