Lace patchwork

Encouraged by the first lace sample, I’m now trying it with patchwork.  Same technique, sandwiching it between fine chiffon, and piecing over paper:

These look more opaque than they are because you’re seing them here with white paper behind the sheer chiffon and lace.  I’m hoping that when they’ve been pieced together and the paper removed, they should become more translucent.  I’ve also cut up some of the lace for a small cloth:

This is a hand-dyed vintage napkin, about 10″ square, again with sheer chiffon covering the lace.  Elderly fabric has such a gentle energy, and it is slowing me down very nicely. 
Enjoy your weekend.

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6 Responses to Lace patchwork

  1. jude says:

    i did a bit of this a while ago, actually cut away the backing fabric later, but some of these are quite fragile. I find that the lace also snags if you don't carefully stitch it down. i like this translucent backing idea.

  2. deanna7trees says:

    i just pulled out an old piece of lace patchwork i did to incorporate with some of the pieces i made in the spirit cloth class. wish i would have thought of covering with chiffon or tulle. i guess i can still go back and do that. lovely pieces…

  3. Karen Turner says:

    Jude, yes, I have done patchwork with lace before, but not with anything quite so fragile as this. The layers of sheer seem to be protecting it quite well against snags etc. I'll probably apply it to a cloth and stitch it down as well – we'll see.Deanna, I expect you could cover it before or after – will be interested to see if it works just as well.

  4. Tammie says:

    this is very lovely, such exquisite lace and a wonderful idea for preserving it and breathing life into something new.

  5. iNdi@ says:

    thanks for swinging by my pagesi've had a lovely rummage here

  6. Karen Turner says:

    Thanks for stopping by, India 🙂

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