Torchon sampler (simple pattern)
This is quite a complicated pattern, but it only uses 12 pairs (or 24 bobbins). If you are a complete beginner, it might be better to start with a simpler pattern. But if you are bored with simple patterns, then you might like to try this. I am not going to describe how to work it in detail, but I will tell you what the different stitches are, and direct you to the explanation in other parts of the website.
The lace is started off with a cloth stitch diamond. You may have already met this with this beginner pattern, but if not, click here for a description. Since the diamond starts the lace, the threads that feed into the diamond do not come from a previous bit of lace. Instead, hang the the bobbins from the pins shown and start working the diamond. After a few stitches, you can take out the first pins, and pull the threads down to the pins outlining the diamond for a neat start.
The edge of the lace are cloth fan headsides. Click here for a more complete description. Work the first two fans.
This is a sampler, and so uses as many different types of grounds as possible! The top is four rose ground. When done, work the next two fans.
The next middle is a small spider, surrounded by Torchon ground. First work the 7 stitches of double Torchon ground above the spider (the one at the top, and three on either side). Only the top two pairs on each side will now go into the spider. Twist these four pairs several times each both before and after working the spider. Read the spider description for more details. After the spider is finished, work the remaining 5 stitches of Torchon ground. Then work the next two fans.
The next middle is a large spider, followed by the next two fans. This is easier than the small spider in one way as you don't have to bother with the surrounding Torchon ground, but harder as you have to work which threads to work across which! Also tightening up a large spider can be tricky. Try tugging gently when you put the pin in, then again after finishing the spider, and finally after working the spider's 'legs' into the fans below.
The rest of the pattern is the same except reversed. The second lot of triangular ground is the other way round. You end with a final diamond.
If you feel that this is all too much, then you can choose the middles that you like, and just work those.
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