I have gathered together all the things I need to attempt the Battenberg Lace sampler from the Needlepoint Lace section in the “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlecraft”. It ended up taking a couple of shopping trips to get everything. The cotton I thought I could use from my supplies at home turned out to be cream rather than white, so I had to go back and purchase some white cotton to go with the white tape.
The pattern recommends using no.20 crochet cotton, but I have decided to try using no.60 to get a more delicate lace. Time will tell whether this is a good decision. I suppose if the finer cotton doesn’t work out I will just have to try again with a thicker one.
So far I have managed to lay out and tack down the tape grid which the lace is built onto. This proved to be a little trickier than I had bargained for. I have managed to get the grid fairly even, but I didn’t quite get the technique of tacking through all the layers sorted out until I got to the vertical lines. Unfortunately a lot of the horizontal tapes are only tacked to the backing material. Hopefully this will hold everything firmly enough, otherwise I may have to go back and put in a bit more support.
I am getting really excited about this project now, and am looking forward to getting started on it properly. I am making myself finish off my Mermaid’s Tail project first so that I don’t have too much on the go at once. I will keep you updated on my progress. This is the first time I have done this kind of work, so it will be interesting to see how time consuming it turns out to be.