This is not a difficult or time consuming pattern to work, though you do have to keep rewinding and adding lots of bobbins to increase your way through each corner.
The most interesting part of the work is deciding how to deal with the leaves. You have several choices, each with its own advantages.
- You can add two pairs, work 2 leaves, then throw back 2
pairs after you have enmeshed them into the trail. Repeat for
every pair of leaves. This method
shows the least, but requires you to keep rewinding bobbins.
- You can add two pairs at the first leaf, but instead of throwing
back the extra bobbins, you can enmesh them into the trail, and
start at the other side for the next pair of leaves. This method
is the easiest, but the difference in trail thickness is noticeable,
and doesn't look all that great.
- After enmeshing the two leaf pairs into the trail, select 4 bobbins (not all together) and plait them above the trail till the plait reaches the next leaf. Place the plait temporarily to the back, and cloth stitch the trail to the same point. Lay the 4 bobbins back into their original positions in the trail, then use the inside 2 pairs to make the next leaf. (The plaits will end up laying on the backside of the lace and won't be very noticeable.) You don't even have to plait the pairs, if you don't want to. The 4 loose threads will lay flat against the trail on the backside.