Monday, November 4, 2013

A little bit of lace

So, day four for Art every day November.  
I felt like a bit of lace.  something I read last night prompted me to get out the water soluble stabiliser today, but of course I can't remember what.
I put two layers of light solvy in a small six inch hoop (upside down for free machine work)
Then I traced a design from a vintage DMC needlelace pattern book with a permanent marker.
Then I put it under my thread painting machine and started stitching. As you can see, my machine has been through a few woes and had to have a band aid, which is nearly falling off.  It also has no feed dogs or foot (I removed both)  This is the way I thread paint, but of course I do not recommend it to anyone else as there is a slight danger you might skewer yourself with the needle.
And here it is with the stitching done.  As you can see I did not always follow the lines and I added the edging myself because I felt the edge needed a bit more.
The next step is to cut it out of the hoop and wash it in running water to remove the solvy and dry it.
Here it is after washing and drying.  I love the imperfect, old look of this type of lace.  If I wanted perfect, I suppose I'd buy it.  But this will be perfect for my crazy quilt, which is on hold until next year, when CQJP starts again as I have joined it so that I will get my quilt finished.

This challenge is certainly helping me to work every day!


  1. I have never seen a machine like this before - and I think the lace is gorgeous. It is such a feminine art form... so glad to see it here, from you.

    Happy #aedm2013

  2. It took me reading your post twice before I GOT it, but I finally did. I have no feed dogs, so I wouldn't have any to remove (or drop). I also don't have any solvy, but when I have a chance to go shopping again, I'm going to pick some up and try this technique.

    Thanks for yet another inspirational post. I've learned a LOT each day I visit.

  3. a very pretty piece of lace, I find drop feed machine embroidery the hardest technique of all to do, should have another go really but time is the problem. Like you I have signed up again to the CQJP challenge, look forward to seeing this piece of lace on one of your blocks

  4. This is an amazing technique, Vicki! You are so clever and your finished piece of lace looks gorgeous and quite perfect-looking to me. I've done freehand machine embroidery before but nothing like this. You must be so steady with your hands. I'm impressed!!

    Now, I'm intrigued...does the solvy stuff you mention dissolve in the wash?

  5. Wow this is really nice. I took a machine embroidery class when I bought my sewing machine looong time ago. I probably don't even remember how to do it anymore. Does the solvy stuff stiffen the fabric?

  6. This is so pretty and fun to make. I've never seen anything like this, so cool to make it this way. Thanks for sharing with us! Can't wait to see what you do next.

  7. What beautiful lace! I'm afraid my sewing machine and I don't get along well. I learned so much today and your post made me smile.


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