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Pattern 286 - Roman maze (tape)

Picture of lace

This is a reproduction of the paths of a Roman unicursal maze (maze without branches). Click here for more maze patterns. Click here for more on mazes.

Pattern:
   Pattern of lace

Bobbins: 10 pairs (6 pairs red, 4 pairs white)

Style: Torchon

Stitches:
   cloth stitch
   cloth stitch and twist
   corner of tape
   make a sewing (crochet hook) (green)

Details:
   solid cloth stitch (red)
   twisted footside (grey)

Description:

Follow the links above for explanation of how to work the different parts of the lace.

This uses yet another technique to make a maze. I originally thought of it as a trail but I suspect that it would be better to think of it as tape lace. However, since I was working out the principle for myself, no doubt it is all very non-standard. The dark grey lines show the edges of the various pieces of lace being worked - they are not stitches.

The path of the maze is cloth stitch, with 5 pairs of passives and a worker pair. These are all red. The passives never leave the cloth stitch tape. On each side of the tape, a pair of bobbins is included in the trail, then leaves it, twisted several times round a pin, then rejoins it a couple of rows later. If it meets a previous worked bit of lace at the pin, it makes a sewing with a crochet hook instead. It is highly advisable to use a cookie pillow so you can turn the pillow (which happens frequently!) It is also highly advisable to use unspangled bobbins, without beads, as a bobbin has to be pushed through a loop of thread when making the sewing, and beads would catch badly.

The edge of the lace is a twisted footside. When you start, hang two pairs to make this, although you will not use them right away. Whenever the tape gets to the edge, then use these two pairs to make the footside. When the tape moves away from the edge, then push them to one side.

While doing this, I figured out a neat way to turn the tape round all these corners. Click here to see how.