The transformation in progress.

Transformations – lace pattern-making through round motifs

Motivated by the construction possibilities of lace-making in “Natural Tendencies”, I sought a new method of pattern-making more complex samples of lace. At present, my basis for construction is a Japanese book of crochet motifs which I bought at the National Book Store in Tagbilaran City.

Begin with a motif.

Begin with a motif. Then the transformation.

The book shows motifs in various shapes – round, triangle, hexagon, octagon as well as a few flower and edging motifs. The challenge I presented myself was that of “Transformation”: how can I transform the traditional motif into a strip of lace?

The transformation in progress.

The transformation in progress.

The motifs are mostly worked in the round. To transform them into strips of laces worked from the narrow end, I had to “unravel” the motifs and re-work them in rows. In this process, I always make symbol drawings to keep track of the design and to explore variations.

Testing variations in the new lace design.

Testing variations in the new lace design.

In most cases, I use the center of the motif as the beginning of the lace. In other cases, I begin the lace with a placket design.

As soon as a viable lace pattern is developed, I proceed to making variations in search for the various construction possibilities within the already established pattern. In the example shown above, I try to vary the size of the outer loops of the lace, increasing as the lace progresses toward the center (if it is to become a necklace). In this example, I also explore methods of curving the lace strip.

It is interesting in the end to compare the original motif and the resulting lace strip design.

2 thoughts on “Transformations – lace pattern-making through round motifs”

  1. I am making your flower headband today. I was wondering if you had a crochet pattern for a hair do wrap. These are popular right now. It is quite a bit wider than your basic headband. thanks. Faye is Nashville Tennessee.

    1. Hi Faye! I’m not familiar with a “hair do wrap” although I have been thinking of something wider than a normal hairband. A while ago I made a kind of hat in drawstring style (looked like a boudoir cap, though!).

      Is the “hair do wrap” intended to be decorative and at the same time hold up the hair in a particular way?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>