One of the things I love about the couture class is that we’re making so many different samples of various techniques. The samples provide just enough practice so that we get the general idea but they don’t take for–ev–er to complete.
Because of car troubles (I couldn’t get the car to turn OFF! How crazy is that?), I missed almost the entire class session where our professor lectured on the various laces and demonstrated two lace appliqué techniques. I thought I understood it when she quickly explained it to me after everyone left but when I sat down to do it last week, I was stumped. Last Friday, I was able to look at my classmates’ samples and I “got it.” But, that means I’m doing last week’s homework as well as this week’s before class on Friday.
Okay, on to the main event:
Lace appliqué works best if the lace has a distinctive cord around the edge, such as Alencon. We trimmed the net close to the motif and then used a narrow zig-zag stitch to sew the lace to the base fabric. We then turned the fabric over and carefully trimmed the base fabric away from the appliqué.
Our other appliqué was with beaded lace. Again, we had to trim away the netting as close to the motif as possible without losing any of the beading. For some of my classmates, that entailed tying the thread holding the beading in place if they had to cut filligree off of the motif. Fortunately for me, I only lost one bead and was able to cut fairly close to the motif without having to tie anything off. After I trimmed off the netting, I used a variation of a whip stitch and an invisible stitch to sew the motif to the base fabric.
I feel pretty good about my “first time at it” handiwork but (and this is the purpose if this exercise, right?) I can tell that I need a whole lot more practice at trimming away the netting and using the machine to stitch down a motif.