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Turning Stitch and Twist

How to do a turning stitch and twist

Repeat Step

Description: C T T C T

Working: Swap the middle two bobbins (left over right), then both the outer pairs (right over left), then both the outer pairs again (right over left), then the middle two bobbins (left over right), then both the outer pairs (right over left).

This is used in tape lace, when it has strips of half stitch, worked into pretty shapes made of curves. Sometimes on the inside of the curves, there is not room for the edge pins that you normally have in solid areas. If you use turning stitches here, which do not use a pin, it makes a tight stitch which keeps the pairs of bobbins on the same side. Since this is the edge of the lace, it means that the same pair of bobbins stays as the workers, so they are in place to work back across for the next row. The last twists give an effect similar to half stitch.

When doing a turning stitch, you should pull the edge passives downwards, in the direction that the tape is going. This will keep the shape of the tape. This is important, as there is no pin to pull the edge of the tape outwards.

Bobbin lace turning stitch

The green arrow points to the turning stitch. For most rows, the worker pair works right across to the edge of the tape. However, when a turning stitch is used, the workers do the turning stitch with the last pair of passives in the half stich, and return, without using a pin.

Tape lace often uses cloth stitch tapes rather than half stitch. Then the turning stitch should be used, as this gives a similar effect to cloth stitch.