Most of us, I am sure, are aware of lace and what it looks like in general. We’ve seen trimmings and such on clothes.
A lot of lace is made on industrial machines and embroidery guilds across the country are keeping the manual craft alive. Sewing machine companies like Brother and Janome and stabilizer companies like Sulky and Baby Lock are now making it easy to do embroidery by machine.
Most machine embroidery is done on fabric such as clothes, towels, and that cap you bought at the ball game. However, free standing lace (fsl), is not stitched on fabric. It must first create the fabric in any shape upon which additional stitches in varying colors are applied for a final design.
Here’s a fun example from one of my favorite designers:
First we need to hoop some stabilizer.
Then we stitch the “fabric” in one direction then the other.
Then we apply some color on top. Here we first apply a pale pink. Looks like a mask doesn’t it?
Then some red. Can you guess who’s coming to town?
Then some additional white for some additional texture.
Some additional colors in black and green.
And we have a completed design. Santa needs a good soaking overnight to remove the stabilizer upon which he was stitched. Add a ribbon and he’s ready for hanging. And guess who’s joined him?