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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

9 Responses to “Puncetto Valsesiano: Part 3 – Foundation Thread”

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  3. Natalie said

    I have been trying to find a tutorial for this kind of lacemaking. I am so grateful that you took the time to show us this beautiful, delicate art. Thank you so much!

    I just have a quick question though. How do you do the right-to-left row without turning the work? haha…I’m stumped.

    Thank you again!

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  5. Marina said

    Hi Avital. Remember me?
    Your instructions are well done. On these pictures, I see that you spaced the stitches for vision purpose. I don’t see written the stitches should be together: no big loops between them.

  6. i have been watching yhis video for the past few weeks i have just learned ho to do armenium lace on u tube and am doing fine with this but only circular doileys i want to do straight pieces amition is to make a very simple sleeveless blouse so found these tutorials brilliant tried using crochet cotton but need something a bit stiffer like the lace in the video also want to make 3d flowers on utube again cant find any stiffer thread to use any helpful suggestions would ne greatly appreciated

    • Avital Pinnick said

      Gaynor, I’m not I understand your questions. You want to do two things– 1. Make a blouse out of straight pieces of needle lace, and 2. You want to make 3D flowers that are stiffer?

      For the first part, making a blouse, that’s a very ambitious project. It would require a lot of time, a lot of thread, and I’m not sure it would be wearable because the fabric would be so dense and heavy. It would also be exceedingly expensive. Mercerized cotton, of a quality that will stand up to needle lace techniques, is fairly expensive. I suggest you start with something smaller, like maybe strips of needle lace to use as sleeve/neck edgings or inserts. That would be, I think, a better use of your time and materials.

      If you want stiffer flowers, there are a few options. Many of the oya I see being sold these days are worked in nylon thread, not cotton. If you look on Turkish thread sites, you’ll find a couple brands. I found some in a local craft store in Jerusalem and it is somewhat stiffer than cotton. (No one here makes oya on a commercial basis, so I’m not sure what it’s used for.) You could make smaller stitches. That will also stiffen the flowers. You could try different brands. Some threads, especially ones designed for tatting, have a very hard, smooth surface and would make stiffer flowers. Also, you don’t mention what kind of “crochet cotton” you are using. Perl 10 and 12 are definitely too soft. I wouldn’t use anything bigger than 30. DMC 40, 50, and 60 are good for flowers but they don’t come in many colors (basically, just white and ecru), they’re relatively expensive, and not easy to find, depending on where you live. 80 comes in lots of colours but I find it difficult to handle because it’s hard to unpick the knots if you make a mistake and it’s very tightly twisted. If you give me a better idea of what you’re using now and what you want to achieve, I might be able to provide more concrete advice.

      Good luck!

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