What Can I Use Freestanding Lace For?
Historically speaking, freestanding lace always carried a certain degree of sophistication with it. Due to its delicate nature, it has always been a perfect fit to complement the female figure on clothing. One of lace’s most famous uses, of course, is being sewn onto a wedding dress. However, lace doesn’t always have to appear in such a formal fashion. It also looks great on t-shirts, jeans, jackets, and tons of other wearable items.
Freestanding lace patterns are also a great way to add some elegance to your home. Whether it be a tablecloth, clothes hanger, or even a pillow, freestanding lace can add a touch of class to almost anything. Here are some examples of projects created with our freestanding lace designs:
Now, within the past decade or so, “In-the-hoop projects” have become very popular for home embroiderers. Because of this, lace designs today (although not always freestanding) are used to create a variety of items such as freestanding lace earrings, Christmas ornaments, 3D angels, and more. Yes, we do have many of these designs available on our site as well. However, not all of them are freestanding. Click here to browse our library of in-the-hoop project designs.
Tutorial on How to Embroider Freestanding Lace Designs:
Now that you understand what freestanding lace is and where you can use it, here are some step-by-step instructions on how to sew out a freestanding lace design. Please also be sure to check out the tips & tricks section at the end of this article to get the best possible results.
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- Hoop a piece of water-soluble backing (i.e dissolve-away / wash-away stabilizer)
- Embroider the freestanding lace design onto the backing.
- Remove from hoop & cut as closely to lace as possible without cutting into stitching.
- Hold lace under warm water. The water stream should be gentle, rinse until all residue is removed.
- Lay lace on a towel and gently pat dry. Let air dry or hasten the process by using a hairdryer on low setting.
That’s it. Congratulations, you’ve just embroidered your first piece of freestanding lace!
Our 1950s Vintage Freestanding Lace Designs
As I mentioned at the start of this article, our freestanding lace designs are indeed a piece of embroidery history. Each design was manually crafted one stitch at a time by European Schiffli Masters Punchers (now known as digitizers). Our lace & heirloom designs were initially saved on paper drafts and stored deep in the walls of our family’s embroidery factories for almost 50 years.
When commercial embroidery moved overseas and away from North America in the early 1990s, we shut down our industrial factories and stumbled upon the original paper drafts. What a blessing!
We later redigitized and converted these paper drafts into modern-day embroidery design formats to allow them to run on your home embroidery machine.
Click here to view our entire collection of freestanding lace designs now.
We have 500 authentic vintage freestanding lace designs, and unfortunately, we’re not making more of them. If you do want access to our entire collection of authentic freestanding lace designs, plus close to 30,000 other embroidery designs, be sure to check out our Embroidery Legacy Design Club today. Click here to learn more now.
Freestanding Lace Tips & Tricks:
- Use a pre-wound bobbin to match the color of the thread you’re using.
- Slow your machine speed down.
- For a noticeably softer feel, be sure to use rayon thread as it is not a synthetic thread like polyester. Keep in mind, if the lace design was not digitized properly, this may cause numerous thread breaks as rayon is not as strong of a thread as polyester.
- When running the lace through warm water to dissolve away the stabilizer, use a tiny bit of hair conditioner & gently massage it into the lace. The hair conditioner will give it an even softer feel.
- If you’d like to learn how to embroider continuous freestanding lace, click here for another complete tutorial.
Well, that’s about it. You now know what freestanding lace is, where to use it, how to embroider it and where to find some of the best freestanding designs in the world (keep in mind, I may be a bit biased).
If you’ve never tried our freestanding lace before, click here to gain access and download one for free with our Free Embroidery Legacy Design Kit. Plus, if you haven’t already, be sure to checkout out Embroidery Legacy Design Club as well. It gives you access to our giant database of close to 30,000 embroidery designs (including our lace), custom project idea tutorials, new weekly releases, and more. Click here to learn more now.
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