I posted last week about the disastrous Honiton perls so thought I’d make some notes here about how to get them looking better. These instructions are for perls on a trail- for perls on e.g. a blossom filling, use steps 4 to 7 (inclusive). In the images below I’m doing perls on the right hand side, which will therefore be on the left hand side once the lace is finished and turned over.
- Work through the downrights including the coarse pair then twist the workers three times.
- Don’t put a pin in, but gently pull the workers up so everything is neat.
- Work a whole stitch through the edge pair.
- Twist the workers seven times.
- Take your pin, tip pointing towards the work, and wrap it round the thread towards you. Put the pin in the hole.
- Take the other worker bobbin and pass the thread around the pin from outside, to inside (i.e. anti-clockwise for right hand perls and clockwise for left hand perls) and lay it back where it came from.
- Twist the workers once for a right hand perl, and cross them twice for a left hand perl. Pull everything up again so it is nice and neat.
- Work a whole stitch with the edge pair and twist both pairs three times. Pull up.
- Work through the coarse pair in whole stitch and pull up again, then continue through the downrights in whichever stitch your trail demands.
Ta dah! Neat, well behaved perls.