Historically speaking, free standing 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.
Free standing 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, free standing lace can add a touch of class to almost anything:
Within the past decade or so, “In-the-hoop projects” have become very popular. Because of this, lace designs today (although not always free standing) are used to create a variety of items such as free standing lace earrings, Christmas ornaments, 3D angels, and more. Click here to browse our library of in-the-hoop project designs.
Tutorial on How to Embroider Free Standing Lace Designs for Best Results
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1. Hoop a piece of water-soluble backing (i.e dissolve-away / wash-away stabilizer)
2. Embroider the free standing lace pattern onto the backing.
3. Remove from hoop & cut as closely to lace as possible without cutting into stitching.
4. Hold lace under warm water. The water stream should be gentle, rinse until all residue is removed.
5. 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 free standing lace!
How Can I Create My Own Free Standing Lace Embroidery Designs?
Although digitizing lace seems like a challenge, it can be done with the right education and teacher!
You can experience an old-school digitizing lesson from one of the last Schiffli Masters, John Deer! John will take you by the hand and teach you how to manually digitize your own beautiful free standing lace patterns. This is the ultimate mapping exercise that will replicate the tools and thought process of how true free standing lace was mechanically digitized decades ago.
Click here to learn how to digitize free standing lace now.
Conclusion: Start Embroidering Free Standing Lace to Add Some Elegance to Your Projects
You now know what free standing lace is, where to use it, how to embroider it and where to find some of the best free standing designs in the world (keep in mind, I may be a bit biased).
If you’ve never tried our free standing 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.