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I need help! Costum / one of a kind Lace?!!!?

July 14, 2016


I am a student studying fashion design, I am focusing on designing bridal and evening wear. I am very interested to create my own “one of a kind” original lace for my upcoming collection project. And I was wondering if there are any tips of how to do this/ or any places to go? I would really appreciate it! Thank you so much!!!

  1. That sounds like a very interesting project. Lacemaking by hand is a very skilled craft and would take quite some time to master. It’s definitely not something I would tackle! My advice would be to see if you can find a company to work with who can produce a design you have in mind. Or, of course, find a very talented person who can do lacemaking and see if they would hand make something for you.

  2. Depending on your skill level there are a few diffrent kinds of laces that with practice yoou can master but all of them are time consuming on various levels. Far and wide the easiest and fast lace to make is crochet lace. Depending on the thickness of the thread or cord you use it can be made to be quite delicate. Battenburg lace is the easiest to make if you are looking to make yardage faster because it uses a type of fabric t”tape that can be used to to creat e large designs. If you are looking for intricate lace work and have a good amount of time to work on it ie. 6 months to a year for beginners. then what you want to learn is bobbin lace. Bobbin lace has been used as far back as lace has been being made is in my oppinion some of the most beautiful as it can be made from both fabric thread and metal wrapped thread. If you google or youtube “how to” for any of these laces you will find instructions on how to create them by hand.

  3. I don’t know if this is exactly what you are looking for but http://www.ivarose.com/ has reprints of crafting magizines from 1870’s to 1950’s. There include bobbin lace and Irish lace, or crochet lace. In th ‘Newest Additions’ section is “Crocheted Heirloom Bridal Lace Pattern c.1949”.

    Hope this helps.

  4. Hi! Take a look at lace and lace making on Pinterest to help formulate your ideas. On Etsy there may be some people who do machine embroidery lace or who could help you find someone that will make lace for you. There are websites on a google search that do custom embroidery or else custom made lace. Hope this helps you!

  5. I knit and crochet, as well as tat. I think the best way to do this, if you knit, is to do what I am doing right now. I found a knit edging stitch that I plan to use for a bed jacket made of silk, of some sort. I cast on 400 stitches in a lace weight yarn made of silk and wool, very fine, but not quite cobweb, on size 6 needles. I knit about four rows (the pattern I’m using is one that is a knit only, with yarn overs and not any purling, although I could have used a purl border too), and then cast on the stitches for the edging on one end. I am just chugging along on the lace, which looks quite delicate and lovely. It is not for all-over, just the edging and it is going to be at least 3 months in the making, because lace weight yarn and I are not buddies. I have almost memorized the pattern and I got it from a shawl pattern I bought and made something like five times in a heavier yarn, the entire shawl, not just the border.

    I dye yarn for a living, so getting exactly what I wanted in yarn and dyeing it the color I wanted was not hard, but I was not going for white. You can certainly get silk mix, or another fiber yarn in any color you want. If you have never knit before, this is not something to start on, but if you want to make lace that is reasonable, elegant, timeless and correct for times of clothing before crochet was invented, it is really a nice thing to do. It is a project I can work on in my downtimes when I am not sewing. No, I do not knit for non-gifts or money. Knitting that much lace is a labor of love for Haute Couture, or your personal wardrobe and would cost a lot to have someone else do. It is very personal and unique when done this way. Not fast, but I believe every designer should have a basic working knowledge of textile creation. Just a beginners education in weaving, tatting, crochet, and knitting. I know, it’s a pain in the butt, but think of this as a lifelong set of skills you develop over your lifetime. Not something you can fast track. Besides, when you knit it’s yoga for your brain. 🙂 I sound like a pusher. Sheesh. Sorry about that.

  6. Depending on what you’re using it for, you could get away with a custom printed fabric that LOOKS like lace. I of course can’t find a pic of it, but I know I’ve seen it before. Normal fabric, but custom printed with a white lace over a grey background or whatever. that’s relatively easy to do and will only cost you the printing.

  7. Try going to your local library and looking in the craft section. Often they have a few books on making lace, or yarn thread crafting. One book to look for is readers digest complete guide to needle work. That book has a number of laces with beginner projects in each type. one of the quickest is filet (?) lace, it is worked off square grids. Something to keep in mind is that beginner lace makers work reg. lace patterns blown up in scale. You could blow up any lace pattern you end up liking by copying the pattern at a larger scale at a print store. Then use it for med. sized insertions in your garment or a boarder/cuff on sleeves worked in metallic yarns.

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