Working with Lace
We compiled some tips for you to get you going!
Washing the new fabric
First of all, we recommend you wash the lace textiles before any further processing or at least before first wear. During the dyeing process the laces are washed, so there should be no shrinkage if you keep to the washing instructions.
Keep in mind, unless stated otherwise, elastic lace textiles are only stretchable in one direction: the length.
The 'stretchiness' of the width comes from all the holes of the design. To keep the design clean, take care not to stretch the laces too much while sewing.
For storage, we wrap up the laces and place them in packaging no light can reach, but when cutting and rolling the lace - there are many people touching them. We take hygiene very serious, but also it is always 'better safe than sorry'!
Elasticity & Stretching
If you are interested in lace textiles that stretch in all directions, then look at our 'Extra Stretch' Laces. These are stretchable in all directions by design.
Stretchty in width & length.
Cutting designs out
There are some laces where you can cut out part of the design.
It is pretty obvious where that is possible without unraveling the whole thing. Then you can use the different parts of the lace as trimmings.
Setting the scene
If you got yourself some Galloon laces - the ribbons with symmetrical edges - then you may want to work the edges into your project. There are several benefits.
Most importantly: No need to hem the edges
Tools for working with lace
Scissors, thin needles (most recommend 60-70 NM) - if you got elastic lace, better use stretch needles.
No need for extra special tools, use what you have to sew!
Use zigzag stitch or French stitch and maybe a pattern you can put under the lace textile.
For a more delicate touch, hand sew the laces together.