When I showed sneak peeks of this design on Instagram as I was preparing it in late March there was a very excited response so I decided then and there that it would one day become a tutorial.
And you know what?
Today is that day!
Taking the time to add those lacy textures to my stitchery lifted it to a new level and you can do the same because it's quite a simple and quick process.
The actual stitchery/applique pattern I've used for this tutorial is available HERE in my shop but you can take the lace applique idea and use it any way you like.
In my design I have traced the vase shape from my pattern sheet onto a piece of cream linen, including the embroidery sections which 'spill over' onto the vase...
Choose a few different lengths of lace, varying the style, width, texture and colour.
I began with two narrow pieces of 65 year old lace, placing one at the bottom and one at the top of the section of vase I wanted to cover.
Make sure the most decorative edge of the lace faces away from the centre...
...and machine sew in position along the inside edge.
Now lay two more pieces of a different lace over the vase shape so that they just cover the machined edge of the first pieces of lace, remembering to keep the most decorative side of the lace facing away from the centre of the vase.
Sew them in place along their inside edge.
Finish the layered lace applique with a piece of lace which has a decorative edge on both sides.
It should cover the machined edge of the previous lengths of lace.
When you're pleased with the placement sew it in place with a same colour thread just catching the inside edge of the lace.
Now you'll need some fusible web paper.
I use Vliesofix but you may use Bondaweb or something similar when you applique.
Cut a square large enough to cover your vase shape with a bit to spare, fuse it behind the vase and once cooled peel it off.
As the top and base of the vase can be clearly seen I used them as my guide for cutting a rounded middle for my vase. This is guesswork and both of my vase sides are not perfectly mirrored so don't stress about it if the vase is a little narrow or a little wider than the pattern sheet has it drawn...your work is unique to you so just have fun.
Now you need to trace the flowers onto your chosen embroidery fabric and once that's done you can very carefully fuse your vase in position.
(don't trace the vase onto your fabric)
I placed a handkerchief over my vase as I fused it in place and then turned the traced embroidery over to the back and gently ironed that as well (warm and dry iron setting) to really secure that fusible webbing at the back of the vase to my stitchery fabric.
Blanket stitch around the sides with a single strand of matching embroidery thread and your layered lace vase is complete.
Here's my completed "Linen & Lace" design...
I continued adding texture with my choice of embroidery stitches...
"Linen & Lace" will be displayed inside a frame when I find the perfect one as it will look beautiful hanging on a bedroom wall or standing on a bedside table, don't you think?
Have a wonderful weekend!
It looks like ours will be a cool and relaxing 28 C (82 F) which is perfect weather for checking out the Saturday morning garage sales across Townsville. If I find some bargains I'll be sure to show you next week!