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Raised tally

raised tally
Raised tally on half stitch. See pattern 457.

A raised tally is a decorative effect in English Midland lace. A tally is worked over the top of solid cloth stitch or solid half stitch. This means that the finished lace will have a 'right' side and a 'wrong' side, unlike most bobbin lace.

raised tally
Raised tally, top (on left) and underneath (right).

The pattern needs to describe both the raised tally and the background solid area. The background may be cloth stitch or half stitch.

Pattern for raised tally
raised tally pattern

The top and bottom pin hole of the tally is important. The tally may be on a slope.

To make a raised tally, you need to be able to make a conventional tally, and I advise that you are confident with tallies first before attempting the raised version. Tallies can be tricky! Click here to see how to do a tally.

The diagram below gives the relationship between the tally and the background, and ignores the complexity of the tally itself.

raised tally

Repeat Step Back

Working: First work all the solid cloth stitch or solid half stitch above the raised tally, down to the top pin. Put the top pin in. Carefully lift the two pairs either side of the pin so the threads lie upwards, out of the way of the other pairs. (There may be a problem with this, as there are likely to be previous pins in the way! Try to get the pairs to lie between any pins.) Carry on working the solid cloth or half stitch with the pairs that are left, down to the bottom pin. Bring the two pairs back into their proper place (being careful not to pull out any pins!) Work these two pairs in a tally. Put the bottom pin in. Carry on working the solid cloth or half stitch with all the pairs.

Raised tallies
More complicated raised tallies