Purfylle: Caul v1.1 - Finished!

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Caul v1.1 - Finished!

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Yes, the bobbin lace Caul is really
truly finished.

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When I wrote about my incomplete projects I was re-motivated to finish my bobbin lace caul project version 1.1.

bobbin lace caul knotted ends

At first I tried tying the ends off with a knot which is a common method used for finishing lace, an acceptable finishing technique when using the fine threads that lace is usually made with, however this project used a heavier crochet pearl thread and the knots were awful.

I tried 'sewings' to finish the ends but I could tell they wouldn't hold the ends fast and could easily be pulled out with a bit of a stretch or tug of the caul.

bobbin lace caul ends sewn in

I ended up working all the ends in using a needle, and I think it might be enough to hold under strain. Only time will tell. That meant I handled each thread at least twice and with over 100 bobbins that's a lot of handling.

bobbin lace caul ties

The new pattern I have planned for my next caul version should reduce that considerably. I don't think I will add beads until I have the pattern figured out as adding beads slows things down enormously. It should also prove to be more economical with thread and be faster to work as there will less bobbins added midway.

My mannequin head is in storage so next time she comes out I'll get some photos of what the caul looks like being worn.

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Have you finished any projects in the last week?

2 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! Can't wait to see what it looks like on. So, this would be used in an old movie or a play?

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    1. It sure could be used for theatre arts, however they would probably be just as happy with a crochet copy, it's the historical re-enactorments at events, museums, and hobby groups who would probably be most interested in an 'accurately created' version.

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