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uthor: Voelcker, Ulrike
Text German, English, Dutch, French & Spanish
Folder with spiral binding, 104 pages
Lace letter, technical drawings & coloured illustrations


AHow do I define a connection?
In my eyes, a connection should be a kind of spot landing: as small as possible, durable and constructed in such a way that it secures any existing turns. This book is not exhaustive, because I have only included connections that look good and are durable. So you may not find known connections like the one drawn in a), because in this case the connection "swallows" the turns of the bishop pair. You could still use it as an edge at the line lay, a1), but at the whole lay it already becomes difficult, a2). Also stars, b), asterisks,c), spiders,d), and snowflakes, e), as connections are not to be found here. I have tried to be complete with the 4-pair connections, after which the most important connections can always be found. All connections are also shown as a step-by-step exploded view, so that reworking is easy. You will find instructions on pages 8-13. Often a coloured drawing illustrates which threads go where, the colours always indicate the order: red = first element entering the connection, green the second, then 3. orange, 4. turquoise, 5. violet, 6. grey, 7. blue, 8. olive. The colours in the thread drawings, as here in drawing f), reflect the colours of the lace threads used and have nothing to do with the colours in technical drawings. Most multi-pair connections can be made using the windmill principle. This is explained in detail from page 60. An asterisk * shows that this principle was used to make a connection. However, there are often different ways to make a connection, so I have chosen the clearest ones. A symmetrical construction is usually easier to remember. If the production is different, but the result is identical, then this is noted with e.g. 29 = 30. It makes no difference to the connections whether a weaver, a princess loft or a shaped loft goes in. Only the number of threads counts (here 4 threads = 2 pairs), f). As a rule, the pairs of braiders are treated like bobbins, i.e. 2 bobbins each taken together, 2 for 1, f). Except for some three-pair connections, it doesn't matter whether a weaver enters a connection twisted or untwisted, because the bobbins of a pair enter the connection together and surplus/missing twists disappear in the connection. With the exception of a few 3-pair connections, I have always let the bobbin lace end with turns and started with crosses. This would be the other way round for open method lace makers (roller lace makers, so working dr, kr). When using this book, please turn all the drawings upside down. This way you can also use the step by step drawings, all steps are now as usual: dr, kr. For braiders running horizontally through a joint, I have drawn the turns in the middle so that the drawings can be used from both sides. In the last part of the book you will find some letters where you can practise connections. I got valuable suggestions for this book from Katharina Kern, who taught this subject for 17 years at the course leader training of the German Bobbin Lace Association. Many thanks to her.

Source: Ulrike Voelcker

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