My first needle lace piece


Starting from an article in PieceWork magazine May/June 2009 issue and two online forums Needle Lace Talk and Lynxlace  I was able to create my first piece of needle lace.

There are lots of mistakes but then it is my first time trying this type of lace making.

I started working the lace by holding it my hands.

It was a little awkward so I made a lace pillow.

The pillow is made by rolling cotton quilt batting tightly.  Then I measured my roll and sewed a covering.

A large knitting needle is used to lift the area being worked.

It seemed to go faster on the pillow since both hands could work the lace.

The method I used for the tracing thread left too much slack or I didn’t have my tension correct.

Either way it was hard to work with and will do the couching method next time.

After the piece is done I cut away the threads between the paper pattern and fabric.

Once the lace is removed from the paper pattern I took a pair of tweezers and removed all the tiny threads from the back.

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7 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Lorelei Halley

    Your needle lace piece looks very good! What book are you using?

    November 17th, 2013

  2. Shirl

    Thanks Lorelei, I used the Piecework magazine, and would refer to Needle Lace Talk or Lynxlace. I am still not sure if I am adding threads correctly or if my tension is right.

    November 17th, 2013

  3. MIca

    Beautiful! Very impressive for a first piece.

    November 17th, 2013

  4. That’s so pretty!

    November 18th, 2013

  5. Shirl

    Thanks Mlca and Jane, I am so excited about this type of lace. Started a new piece last night. I think it’s going to be as portable as tatting which is really nice.

    November 18th, 2013

  6. roc

    wow…that is so amazing!

    December 3rd, 2013

  7. Shirl

    Thanks Roc!

    December 9th, 2013

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