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Duplet Special XL Release Brugge Laces 4. Buy it at Duplet.

Bruges – Learning about the Crocheted Lace

The laces are charming but I don’t know what to do with them! This is the main reason why up to now I have not done anything with crocheted Bruges lace. Perhaps soon, I will finally take up the courage to make a blouse or a dress or a shawl with it. Recently, Duplet announced the release of its latest magazine on making Bruges Lace.

Duplet Special XL Release Brugge Laces 4. Buy it at Duplet.

Duplet Special XL Release Brugge Laces 4. Available at Duplet Shop.

The blouse constructed with Brugge laces as shown on the cover of the magazine is truly beautiful. The magazine has plenty of photographs of examples of the use of Brugge laces for garments.

A little black dress constructed with Brugge laces.

A little black dress constructed with Brugge laces.

A dress decorated with Brugge lace trims.

A dress decorated with Brugge lace trims.

The diagrams show how the crocheted laces are shaped and joined together to form garments, some basic shapes and as trims for various home items. I can imagine that these basic constructions can also be used to make crocheted jewellery and accessories.

Diagrams such as these are used in the magazine.

Diagrams such as these are used in the magazine.

A basic square shape made with Brugge laces, useful for doilies and lace trims for pillowcases, curtains, tablecloths.

A basic square shape made with Brugge laces, useful for doilies and lace trims for pillowcases, curtains, tablecloths.

Bruges is a town in Belgium. The town is known for the special bobbin lace that is produced there. The Bruge laces we see here in Duplet are the crocheted versions of those laces. The crocheted laces have a distinct beauty of their own.

Duplet has 3 special magazines dedicated to the Brugge Lace and you may find them here.

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.

Natural Tendencies #8

Natural Tendencies #8

Natural Tendencies #8
Choker in Crochet Lace

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Natural Tendencies #8

Natural Tendencies #8
Choker in Crochet Lace
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SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Choker: approximately 1.50 inches wide
Length can be adjusted for woman’s sizes (table of sizes included in last page)

YARN
Canon Mercerized Cotton Thread size 8, color natural
OR any crochet cotton thread size 10 or size 8, color natural

CROCHET HOOK
Size 3 Steel Crochet Hook (1.3mm) or size required for gauge

GAUGE

30 sc = 4 inches

TERMINOLOGY
Pattern is written using US crochet terminology (see chart on last page for conversion)

NOTIONS
Yarn needle
2 large beads (approx. 10mm) for ties
Commercial Fabric stiffener (or 1 tsp cornstarch in 1 cup of water with 1 tsp salt or vinegar)
Manila paper or craft paper

DESIGN NOTES
The choker is crocheted starting from the narrow end. The choker pattern is also suitable for making a collar (shorter version of a choker that goes round the middle of the neck) or a bracelet. Necklace lengths below the neckline may not be suitable for this pattern.

Natural Tendencies #8

Choker in crochet lace.