Last week at dinner, a friend of mine gave me a set of two Teneriffe lace makers. She had bought them at a yard sale for 3€. She had no interest in learning how to do it, but she thought I might. After she handed me the two square pin board looking things, she pulled out a photocopy of what these were with a news group website I could join written across the bottom.
How do you use these things? So I went to the news group and although interesting, as well as clearly in French, I do not need to join another group at this time. I am taking a pass for right now. My question remained, how do I use these things. I have two go-to websites for learning lace methods. The first one is out of the University of Arizona
The second one is Antique Pattern Library. Antique Pattern Library is a project of New Media Arts, Inc. and is a nonprofit organization
Hours of research later I had my books.
From Arizona, The Technique of Teneriffe Lace by Alexandra Stillwell
From Antique Pattern Library I found
I found this picture in book 3, page 46, and I quote:
"The above is an illustration of a square Teneriffe Lace Medallion and is made the same as the round, for that reason we give no explanation."
Ok, got it. I can do any of the round patterns and use my square makers.
Further reading brought me to book 2 above where directions for using a square start on page 29.
medieval Torturing device shown aboveis what the book uses for
making the square lace pieces.
I have to admit it is handy since it is placed on some sort of pin board and pins are all the way down, flush with the board so that you don't catch your working thread on the pins. It also has multiple sizing. This type also means that a curved needle would be nice to use.
|Still in book 2, this is really a fun application using the square lace maker. It looks to use the larger Teneriffe lace maker. What fun!|
How am I doing?
With any new technique I always have a lot of questions. Usually I am told I am doing it wrong.
Question: How do you thread the thing? Finally I figured it out with the help of The Technique of Teneriffe Lace by Alexandra Stillwell.
The score became Teneriffe maker - 1, Me - 0
Ugg, I was one off in the wrapping of the threads around all of those pins. You find that out at the very end after dealing with twisting thread and pins that like to grab onto everything and anything. I ripped it all out for round 2. Painstakingly made sure I was at center and tried again.
Question: What thread do you use?
Answer - It
appears not to matter. It depends on what you are putting it on, how you
are going to use it and the size. Some books give no information others off
hand suggest matching to project
Score Teneriffe maker 2, Me 0. Why?