Thursday, September 22, 2011

Making the Lace sample

I had no instructions for doing this, so I just reversed the method I used for the stitching on the bee box, working from the outside in, rather than from the centre outwards and using detached buttonhole stitch.

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I started by buttonholing all around the outside foundation thread in cotton perle. Then I laid in a metallic thread with detached buttonhole stitch along the first row. I made two or three rows like this, then buttonholed the last row to the second line of foundation thread to make a border.

Then I started to fill in an enclosed area of the pattern in the same way, laying down a metallic thread with detached buttonhole stitch worked all around the foundation thread.

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This is time consuming. You need to use a blunt tapestry needle and make sure that you don't stitch the detached buttonhole stitch to the fabric of the pattern. Using a closely woven cotton helps.


sharonb said...

Interesting and challenging design Susan. Are you going to continue decreasing in the area or perhaps slip a bit of gold kid or fabric on the middle. Tuck it under the detached buttonhole. Just curious as I was thinking about how I would tackle this design. It will be interesting to see how ti turns out.

shirley from oz said...

wow you have inspired me to try this I like the look of needlelace. Thanks for sharing.

Conni said...

This is going to be so cool! You are such an inspiration!

Hope you are 100% well, soon!