Needlepoint Lace Tutorial – Part 4

June 17, 2007 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Lace, Tutorial | 2 Comments

In the last post, I started to sew the outline. Now it’s finished:

Maple Seed Design with finished Outline
All the lines of the pattern are covered with a doubled-up outline thread. Here’s a close up of the ending:

Outline Detail

The green arrow denotes the line I sewed down first, the black arrow shows the finishing bit. To finish up, I connected the threads to the existing outline at the red arrow, then sewing the two ends down separately. The first thread lies along the original line towards the end of the green arrow,  the second loops back towards the black arrow. The couching thread is used to attach those threads to the existing cordonnet, without sewing through the pattern. When this is finished, the couching thread goes to the back and is secured there. The ends of the cordonnet thread are cut off.

Now the next part is to work the lace fillings. Choosing those is the fun part. 🙂 Let’s go back to the original picture for a moment:

Maple Seeds

There are two differently structured areas here: The thick seed part in the center and the thin “wings” with diagonal lines. I think I’ll use a dense stitch for the seeds and a looser stitch following the direction of the diagonal lines for the “wings”.

Next time around I’ll show you how the lace stitches are worked.


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  1. Are you going threw the cardboard all the time?
    The cardboard part I dont understand.
    Thank you very much

    • No, the actual lace is on top of the cardboard. The outline is laid on top of the cardboard, and only the sewing thread goes through it to fix the outline in place. All the lace stitches are only worked on top of the cardboard, and at the end the sewing thread is removed and the lace can be taken off.

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