Try some Stitchery!
Like to use the crocheted edged laces? Want to add a personalized bridging lace? Make your own and have some fun in the process. Any fabric will work and try different threads. I used gold lame fabric (so shimmery!) and decided to try Sulky Sliver Metallic - a thin, flat ribbon-like thread. I used a 90/14 needle and lowered my tension just a tad.
You will need fabric, thread, and heavy wash-away stabilizer. I did not have the heavy weight on hand, so I fused layers of medium weight. Place several layers of the stabilizer on a scrap cloth, cover with a pressing cloth, and press with a hot iron. This also works for those many tiny scraps you accumulate. Don't throw away, just fuse to a larger piece.
- Place the stabilizer just under the fabric edge. Sew a straight stitch seam very close to the edge of the fabric.
- Select a bridging stitch pattern, such as the ladder stitch or the blanket stitch.
- Begin sewing, making sure the left needle swing catches the edge of the fabric.
- Repeat for additional rows, ensuring the left swing catches the previous stitches. I used the blanket stitch twice, and then switched to the ladder stitch, and back to the blanket stitch.
- Place the "laced edge" against a second piece of fabric (if you wish to have a lace insert). Choose a decorative bridging stitch and sew, making sure the right swing catches the fabric. Sew a straight stitch down the edge of the second fabric.
- Rinse the wash-away stabilizer. let dry and use!
Back before rinsing stabilizer away.
Front of my lace. If I wanted just a laced edge, I wouldn't have sewn the second fabric on. I will use this a the closure on my silk purse. I will try the same process using a heavy cotton thread.
What other types of Stitchery are you doing?