Thursday, 24 February 2011

Late last night... Napoleon struck!

When I should have been in bed... what was I doing instead?  Looking at lace on the internet of course!

And I happened upon this little motif:
The curves in it really appealed to me and I just had to make it straight away!

So this is Napoleon created by Orsi.  I find it just simple and elegant. I like it a lot.  I made a couple of mistakes on this first attempt but I also learned something new!  For some reason, I have always made my Josephine knots using the FIRST half of the double stitch.  Never even thought to try it the other way... until last night.  I made the first two on this pattern using the first half as always and then all the others using the SECOND half of the ds - amazing.  I find it so much easier to make an even Josephine knot that doesn't try to twist in your hand before you close it.  And the curve on the outside of the knot is so much smoother.  Can you spot the difference?

No doubt many of you knew this already and I was just slow getting there!

Best wishes,


  1. Ooh! I really like that little motif! I never tried making the Josephine knot with the first half... I'm too lazy, and there's less movement with the second half! ; )

  2. Thank you to make this motif. I will try JK with second half ... that's a good idea!

  3. Thank you!

    Diane, glad you like it too. I want to see what it looks like joined together. That's what I'll try next. Don't bother trying with the first half for the JK, it's not nearly as neat! Really don't know why I never tried the other way before. Strange things we do sometimes.

    Orsi, thank you for your visit and for sharing your pattern, I was delighted to find your blog. You make lovely tatting!

  4. I'm itching to try it the Josephine with the 2nd half- I've always avoided them because they twist so much!

  5. I'm sure you'll find it MUCH easier Michelle. Let me know!

  6. Lovely work, Frivole!

    I must say, I'm with Diane on this one - always used the second half just because it feels easier!


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