Cluny Leaves in Tatting

A Cluny leaf is a leaf woven on three warp threads. They are named from their association with Cluny bobbin lace, but are also a distinguishing feature of Bedfordshire and Maltese lace.

The leaves on the left are part of a piece of Bedfordshire lace, those on the right are tatted.

Bobbin Lace Leaf Tatted Leaf

There are several ways to make Cluny leaves in tatting.

Instructions for weaving on the hand are on a separate page, as they contain several diagrams (110Kb).

The same loops can be set up and pinned to a bobbin lace pillow for weaving, but I found this more tricky to shape the leaf than keeping the threads on my hand.

Another way is to make two large picots at the point a leaf is required, using a guide to ensure the picots are the same size. The two picots are then joined in to the next round. After the joining a separate thread is attached to the tatting and a needle is used to weave over the four picot threads as warp threads, treating the two centre threads as one to obtain a traditional style leaf. I haven't tried this so have no idea how difficult or easy it is.

I have designed a simple motif using Cluny leaves suitable for a beginner to try.

A larger design with leaves was made as part of a round robin I was in.

Mimi Dillman has a bibliography of books with Cluny patterns on her page and a pattern using leaves.

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