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Lace finishing techniques

Wool on the Exe

Lace finishing techniques


This workshop teaches how to finish your lace creation and make it beautiful!

We will cover:

  • Lace edges of different traditions of Northern Europe
  • How to join 2 pieces of knitting  including Grafting (Kitchener stitch)
  • Yarn joins
  • Mistakes and what to do!
  • How to block your work

We will knit a lace sample with a knit-on edge. We will also knit and attach a lace edge to our grafted sample.

Please bring:

  • A 2 ply Shetland lace or other woolly , 3 or 4 ply yarn - about 200 yards.
  • 3.75 mm or 4.0 mm needles
  • Large tapestry needle with a blunt end
  • Small amount of coloured wool in a similar weight for your graft (so you can see it)
  • Stitch markers and stitch holders
  • Please knit 2 pieces of knitting in a laceweight (again Shetland 2-ply weight or similar) in stocking stitch, 30 stitches and 15 rows each. Leave stitches on needle holders as we will graft these two pieces.
  • Bring any lace you'd like to talk about with Ethel.

You are welcome to bring your lunch with you or we can suggest a few local restaurants. 

This workshop is led by Ethel Hillier 

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