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Puncetto Valsesiano: Part 5 – Ladder Foundation

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 4, 2010

The ladder foundation is easier for beginners and less fiddly than the foundation thread. It is suitable for square and rectangular motifs.

1. Using the circular thread foundation, make 3 stitches (or knots) on the thread. This is your first row (left-to-right).

Puncetto Valsesiano 4.1

2. Working from right to left, insert the needle in the first loop, wrap the thread around the needle, and make a stitch in each loop.

Puncetto Valsesiano 4.2

3. Work back and forth on these two loops until you have a ladder.

Puncetto Valsesiano 4.3

Puncetto Valsesiano 4.4

4. When the ladder has as many rows as you need stitches for the width of your motif, turn the ladder 90 degrees and work the next row of stitches on the side of the ladder.

Puncetto Valsesiano 4.5

Remember not to flip the work over. The front of the ladder is always facing you. The first row worked down the side is a left-to-right row.

  • Puncetto Valsesiano: Part 4 – Circular Foundation Thread
  • Puncetto Valsesiano: Part 6 – Squares and Bars
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    Puncetto Valsesiano: Part 4 – Circular Foundation Thread

    Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 4, 2010

    This method of beginning a Puncetto motif is suitable for circular motifs and for “ladders,” another method for starting a square or rectangle. (Ladders will be described in the next lesson).

    1. Wrap the thread around the first three fingers of your left hand, with the tail hanging down towards your palm. (If you’re a tatter, wind the thread around your fingers as though you are about to begin a ring.) Make sure there is some tension so that the loop doesn’t flop off your fingers while you’re trying to form the first stitch.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 3.1

    2. Pinch the tail and the thread loop together to keep them steady, and insert the needle into the loop.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 3.2

    3. Wrap the thread around the needle to form the first stitch.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 3.3

    4. Tighten the stitch. Now the loop is established. You can tighten it later by pulling the tail of the thread.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 3.4

    5. Insert the needle into the loop again, wrap the thread around the needle, and form the second stitch, about 1/8 inch to the right of the first stitch.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 3.5

    6. Continue until you have enough stitches for the base of your round motif.

    If you are starting a ladder, you only need 3 stitches (= 2 loops, one between each stitch).

  • Puncetto Valsesiano: Part 3 – Foundation Thread
  • Puncetto Valsesiano: Part 5 – Ladder Foundation
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    Puncetto Valsesiano: Part 3 – Foundation Thread

    Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 4, 2010

    Sorry for the long hiatus between tutorials. I cut my left index finger while making a salad. It was not very photogenic, so I put off taking the photos. Then the Jewish High Holidays intervened. But I’m back with the next step, starting a Puncetto motif on a foundation thread. This starting technique is suitable for square and rectangular motifs.

    Important note (thanks, Marina, for pointing this out): I have made the stitches large and loopy so that they are easier to see. When you work the foundation you should make the stitches much smaller and closer together.

    1. Measure enough thread for the width of the foundation plus a couple inches (for securing the tail later).

    2. Hold the thread between your left thumb and index finger, with the tail hanging down and the needle in your right hand.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 2.1

    3. Anchor the tail firmly between the second and third fingers of your left hand (see the photo for step 7 below).

    4. Place the tip of the needle under the foundation thread as in the photo below. The loop above my thumb is the “wrap” of the stitch around the needle.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 2.2

    5. Wrap the thread around the needle, counter-clockwise (see the lesson on making the stitch if you need a refresher course in forming the stitch).

    Puncetto Valsesiano 2.3

    6. Pull the needle upwards through the loop and gently tighten the stitch. Do not worry if the first loop, held between the thumb and first finger, isa little large. You can tighten the loop later by pulling on the tail when  you have a few more rows done.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 2.4

    7. Make another stitch (knot) on the foundation thread. The photo below shows how I’m grasping the foundation thread between a couple fingers to keep it taut.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 2.5

    8. Make enough stitches for the width of your motif. The exact number will depend on the size of your squares.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 2.6

    9. When you are finished working the left-to-right row, start working the right-to-left row, without turning the work.

    Puncetto Valsesiano 2.7

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