Working Clunies on the Pillow
As instructed to me by Christy Holtkamp

This is how to make clunies on the pillow as opposed to gripping the
bobbins in the hand and weaving them up in the air off the pillow. I
will try to best explain it. It took me a few tries before I realized
how to make my fingers comfortable and know the trick.
halfhitch.jpg I recommend using only nonspangled
Bobbins, and preferably bobbins
That have a point to them. Great
for joining and weaving the clunies.
Firstly, do a big "NO, NO" technique,
according to some lacers who are
purists. ;) I happen to do techniques
that work toward my advantage.
You have the 4 bobbins for making
the cluny. Take one outside bobbin
and make a half hitch(like in tatting)
over top the other three threads.Lock
this in place at the top of the
junction of all three threads. This
is so that none of the threads go
anywhere when making the cluny.
Another tip is to keep all threads
short, even the weaving thread. Keep
good tension on the three bobbins on
the pillow. But not too tight, for
you need some give to pass the weaving
bobbin through.
Leaving the bobbins on the pillow,
place a finger on the head of each
of the three main bobbins. Use the
palm of your hand to steady the
base of the bobbins. Consider your
hand to be a weaving loom and the
fingers will be the guides that
rock the threads up and down into
position. The one weaver bobbin
will be like the shuttle going in
and out of the passive threads.
Leaving the two outside bobbins resting on
The pillow, raise the middle bobbin with
The tip of your finger. This will allow
Appropriate space for the first pass of the
Weaving bobbin.
Weave the bobbin through to the other side.
Raise that thread up to the top. You may have
to push the thread with your finger or the tip
of the bobbin into place to keep it nice. After
this first pass you need to set up your fingers
to make the second pass. Lower your middle bobbin
and raise the two outside bobbins with your
fingertips. Be sure the base of the bobbins are
still being secured by the palm of your hand
throughout the process.
halfcluny.jpg Continue weaving back and forth using the
Up and down motion, switching middle
finger to side fingers. Work to the half-
way point of the cluny and then gradually
tighten the tension on the weaving thread
as you near the bottom to come to a point.

Finish off the end of the cluny with another half hitch to lock it into place so the threads wonąt have a tendency to wander. I hope this explanation is clear. Obviously this is not the only way to make a cluny. There are several version. But this is one that works for me. If you have problems printing off this page, you can download the MSWord document. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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