Torchon Bobbin Lace Handkerchief

Torchon Lace Handkerchief
Historically, Torchon has always been considered a low status lace, made by and for peasants with relatively coarse thread. Also, torchon has traditionally been used as a starter lace for beginning lacemakers, since it is relatively easy to make.

Torchon's predominantly geometric patterns tend to limit design potential. (Once you've seen a couple of torchon pieces, you should be able to recognize it from across the room.) But Torchon has a beauty of its own, and is a very durable and long lasting lace.

This pattern comes from 101 Torchon Patterns by Robin Lewis, and was worked using 70/2 linen lace thread.

I've actually made three handkerchief edgings from this pattern. A dear friend of mine and I decided to make one for a friend's wedding. I made the lace, and Mickey worked the fine hem stitching. The handkerchief was so pretty that we decided to do it twice again, once for Mickey and then again for me. By the time I got to the third one, I was able to work the repeats in my sleep, practically. I think I timed myself at the rate of about 1 repeat or "head" per hour.


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