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Ruthlessly ambitious, Thérèse Lachmann, a.k.a. Madame Villoing, later Madame la Marquise de Païva, finally Countess Henkel von Donnersmark, is perhaps the most notorious of all the Parisian demi-monde. In one memoir, she is described as entering a freezing cold room, bare-armed and dripping with jewels – some kind of mythological monster from the freezing north.

La Païva is a triangular shawl with increasing lace pattern and optional beads, worked sideways.

This pattern is also available as part of the Courtesans shawl collection, see here

400 yds / 366 m fingering weight / 4 ply yarn

4 mm / US 6 needles
Stitch markers (2)
Tapestry needle
Blocking wires / pins

Approx. 1000 size 6 beads
14 drop 11mm drop crystals
Crochet hook suitable for beading
For reference: The beaded sample uses jump rings to attach the drop crystals due to the small hole sizes in these drop crystals. Alternatively, embroidery thread and a fine needle could be used to attach the drop crystals.

58 x 26 “ / 147 x 66 cm

18 sts x 28 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in stocking st


Beaded sample shown in Old Maiden Aunt Merino / Silk 4 Ply in the ‘Cold Sheep’ colour way, with silver-lined transparent Miyuki beads and transparent Swarovski crystal pendants.

Unbeaded sample shown in Ginger’s Hand Dyed Bleating Velvet 4 Ply in the ‘Dove’ colour way.
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