Note: This post replaces content that originally appeared in October, 2015. I'm replacing posts that have gone missing from a hard copy of my documentation. Every effort has been made to see that the content is not altered from original posting to now - AR/JC
I was able to whip up the silk piece in less than three evenings. Having disliked the look of the simple twist picot on the cotton and linen pieces, I decided to abandon it here. In the photo above I have lined up all of the twisted double picots to the left, the single loop picots in the center, and the twisted picots to the right. The entomology pins are not strong enough to create picots around, so I used the Dritz Bridal and Lace pins – the larger diameter makes for more pronounced picots.
This one was a speed demon for me. I started this piece on Wednesday and finished on Sunday. I have no idea what got into me to finish this fast. Massive amounts of caffeine?
As the thread size diminished, I also had to reduce the pin diameters, otherwise I'd be left with gaping holes. The cotton piece was worked up using Dritz's #16900 Satin pins (no marked diameter). I needed something finer when I moved onto the linen thread. I purchased some Dritz #33 Bridal and Lace pins, diameter 0.5mm.
When it came to the silk thread, I needed to get creative. While browsing Van Scivers lace supply site (http://www.vansciverbobbinlace.com), I stumbled on a listing of insect mounting pins in various sizes. Cool!
I decided to give them a try and ordered SEOH insect entomology pins in size 00, 0.3mm diameter. Super tiny in person. And they worked a treat!
When it came off the pillow I was pleased to see tight picots and no missed windmills. I am progressing.
Next up: metallic threads. *gulp*
I understand the foil twist can be hard to work with.
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.