For most laces, some sort of diagram is usually sufficient to know where you
are without further markings or pins.  With the fine thread and confusion of
Binche, or more complicated Flanders at least, that is not always the case.  I
began with sticking arrows, but pins in a cork board wins hands down for me.
Actually takes less time.  The diagram can be used over again, as most of the
holes are pinholes.  I find that the pins do not usually come out of a cork
pricking board, even on transatlantic flights in check through.  Bent pins are
another matter, but that’s what they make pliers for.
The important thing with any kind of similar aid is to pay attention to what
you are doing, analyze what your are doing, look for patterns in method, and
work on freeing yourself from the board.  Paint by numbers is one thing, and
lace is another.  On the other hand, a ghost pillow can mean the difference
between completing your project and cutting it off the pillow

Lyn in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA where it is warm and muggy, with mostly
sun, or few clouds.

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