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Gimp footside

gimp footsides
Gimp footside.

A gimp footside is simpler than a conventional footside, but uses a gimp thread as a passive.

Pattern for footside
Footside pattern

Traditionally, the pattern for a footside is a simple line of pinholes down the edge of the lace. This may be shifted slightly away from the rest of the lace, to give room for the passives. The passives themselves are not marked. You can see that the pattern does not show you what type of footside it is. I find this rather confusing, so in my patterns, I mark the edge and worker pairs and the passives.

This diagram shows each thread as a line. The stitches used in this footside are gimp and twist single pair. The details of each stitch are not shown in detail below - follow the links in the previous sentence if you are not familiar with them.

gimp footside

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Working: You start with two pairs and a gimp pairs. The right pair is the edge pair, then there is the gimp, and the left pair, coming in from the lace, is the worker pair.

You work the left pair from the lace, across the gimp, then across the edge pair in cloth stitch and twist. The worker pair is now on the edge. You give an extra twist to this pair. Now you place the footside pin. It is important to place the pin inside both pairs (not between them). The worker pair and the edge pair, having swapped positions, also swap names. The old worker pair becomes the new edge pair, and stays at the edge (for now!) The old edge pair becomes the new worker pair, and works through the gimp, and then returns to the rest of the lace.