Well…. my final thought on looped yarn actually turns out to be not so final.
I started out this project intrigued. Then the intrigue turned into a little bit of shame as I understood how the hard working women of Papua New Guinea use this little known art form as a way of life (and my thought that this was just a fun little thing to try). But then, I must admit that the intrigue won out and a gave it a try. I was confused. I was chagrined. I was uninspired by the outcomes.
But slowly (ever so slowly), my mind changed about this whole looped yarn thing. I think that I could really grow to like this whole experience. And, as it turns out, I love the lace that can be made with this whole looped yarn technique.
No, it is not a Bilum. And no, it never will be.
This, as it turns out, is Debra’s version of what a foundation looped stitch can be if you experiment long enough.
And finally, I love looped yarn.
I am still not sure where its practical usage lies, except for maybe in clothing or table linens or curtains or something of that nature, but it is very pretty. And in the end, it doesn’t seem to take as long as tatting to get a really dainty (and not too frilly) lace fabric.
You see, if you take the whole looped yarn technique that I posted on this blog throughout July, and you use a small spacer bar (no more than 1/2″ wide) and some average thickness crochet cotton (I have to apologize here, I used a bunch of old crochet cotton and it had no tag so I don’t know exactly what weight of yarn I was using), and then add a surprise ending, you get a really sturdy, stable, not-too-stretchy or stringy lace that is absolutely beautiful and faintly reminiscent of something like hardanger.
What to do? Follow the instructions posted here and here. Then, when you are finished to get a piece of fabric to your desired measurements, pin and stretch your lace piece on a stretcher bar or embroidery loop (I found it easiest to stitch it to some backing fabric here – the backing fabric will ultimately be removed).
Then, taking your needle and crochet cotton again, and working each row of your looped yarn independent from each other and separate from the backing fabric, slide your needle under 4-5 loops. In a wrapping motion, bring the needle up topside after the 5th loop and wrap it back towards the first loop in your bunch. Slide the needle back through the loops to the underside of the looped yarn fabric and draw the cotton yarn along the backside of the lace to group another 4 or 5 loops. Pull to tighten the wrap around the grouped loops. Repeat this until you have worked the entire length of the row. Tie off your yarn and start the next row.
It looks like this when it is done:
And this makes me happy :)