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May 21, 2014
about 7 years ago
A 1 weight is, by all the guides I've seen, about 'fingering weight'. I guessed the number by your description; but you are right that no two designations ever agree. And I prefer a bit of stretch, like normal cotton, for tatting. I use the needle method, and find it just works better. But I might be able to use this as the center thread and something else to be the visible part . . . okay, can't let my brain wander in the middle of posting. But if someone else thought it was a good weight for lace, it's worth a shot. As for color, that's what dye is for.
Bobbin lace, I learned to make with linen thread; much much finer than most yarns even designate. Only slightly thicker than sewing thread (which I've used for both types of lace before). On the plus side, patterns can use a "gimp thread" that is often bigger and either shiny or another color to accent the pattern. And since I just got 120 wood bobbins real cheap, it's time to start some glowing projects. I had been thinking to use some EL wire through a few patterns, guess I'll see what works when the next order gets placed.
Thanks for the replies about the thread. And sorry for hijacking a bit, I take any excuse to teach a little about lace making.
p.s. I wish "gimp thread" wasn't the lace maker term for it's purpose. It's a thread that just sits in the pattern and doesn't do any of the weaving. The social activist in me wishes lace makers could have named it anything else.
1) so about a 1 weight by most guides? Good, that's the heaviest that I like making lace from. I can work with worsted weight, but it takes about 3 times as much yarn for the same project.
2) if it isn't stretchy, I guess that rules out using it for tatted lace. Pulling a ring tight seems like it could snap this from the description and your comment. Guess that leaves bobbins for me (you other folks can crochet and knit). Once I finish my bobbin collection (thinking epoxy casting so I can get 100 bobbins in the next month) this will go on the wish list and see what happens. I've got a project in mind already.
Hmm, I wonder how I could use this in a piece of lace...one conductive thread hidden in a bunch of others? Might work for bobbins, but tatted lace is so tricky to swap a thread in and out.
No public wish lists :(