2 little ducks went out to play

2 little ducks hem detail 
It has been a while since I showed some embroidery.  I pulled this out of the box  a few weeks ago and started to embroider it.

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Added lace to gingham dress

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hem crochet laceFor got to take a picture of the lace before I added it to the dress but I found this old picture that has two of the laces in it the antique ones.
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>Bag of Lace

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Here are the other pieces of lace that had been in the bag that I bought for 2.99.  I think it was a great find.  Just sad that someone didn’t like their work enough to keep it.

crochetThis green one isn’t too interesting to me but I will figure something out for it.  Maybe take it down to the center section by removing all the chains and make a bun cover for my girls.  That would make it at least useful again to someone.
tatting and rochetThe pink one I want to copy the pattern the tatted piece in this photo may end up becoming the edge of set of wrist warmers to make lace that hangs over the hands.  If you want to see these photos better click on them and it will take you to a bigger photo on flickr.

crochet and tattingThe top piece that is cut off matches the thread used in the last tatted photo above and at the bottom of this photo so might figure out a way to add them to one another.  The top pink one is crocheted in the round and has some slight damage so not sure if I am going to fix it and make it into something else or just copy the pattern.  The next pink one I know I want to make more of it so I will be coping that pattern I think it is so pretty.


tatting and crochetThe tatted medallions in this next photo are just tied together with a separate piece of string so I am thinking I will separate them and figure out what to do with them at that  point.  They are made out of a pearl cotton.  You can see I have already separated one in the very top photo of this post.

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Nice white tatted edging haven’t a clue what to do with it at the moment it will just go into my lace box for future use.



>Tatted Capelet

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I found this large bag of lace scraps at a thrift store the entire bag cost less than $2.99 and had at least 5 such pieces in it plus a lot of crochet too. There are several usable pieces of crochet and tatted lace in the bag I just have to figure out what to use them for. The first piece I decide I would use was this piece of tatted lace made out of pearl cotton. It was already connected into a continuous piece. So I decided I would make it into another capelet.

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The pieces of tatting are so large they make a strong focal point.  It was very simple to do put a shell edging around the already tatted pieces which added strength to them. Since the tatter is unknown I was not sure how strong the person was in their skills of finishing work. Upon inspection on the piece, the creator only tied knots at the end of their work and didn’t weave the ends in so it is a fragile piece and will have to be washed by hand.   I rarely find tatted pieces that have the ends finished in a good way.  Yet it would be sad to toss that much work and not enjoy it.  Which means it would have to be made into an item that could easily be hand washed and not something that would get a lot of wear and tear. So after I had added the shells I started into the mesh area working with different techniques to get the valleys between the motifs to the same high so I could then just work up the piece simply with rounds of chains that get less and less number of chains near the top.  At the necks edge I once again lengthened the chains to give ease in the drape and finished it of with a picot edge took less than a day to do this transformation.  Those that know me know I do not usually wear pink.  But every now and again it is nice, would have been good at Valentines but I didn’t have the scrap of tatting then.  Since the pink pearl cotton I used was also found junking(thrifting) a long time ago.  I have made a pair of gloves already with this thread.  So the few dollars I spent on that cone has gone a long way.  The whole item cost me less than $2.00 probably not even $1.00.  Not bad!

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>Crochet Oya lace book in English

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I have been looking for a while for an Oya lace book in English.  I have found one and it is available on Amazon for an inexpensive price compared to the ones from Turkey.  This book has the crochet version of Oya not the needle version.  It also includes 2 samples of tatted versions (on page 54 and the same photo is on the cover) in the photos but there are not any tatting patterns in the book.  If you already know how to tat you could make them from the photos.
The Beaded edge (inspired designs for crocheted edgings and trims)
Midori Nishida/CRK Design
88 page book
isbn 978-1-59668-300-6

>HS101: tatted lace to fabric

>This type is done almost exactly the same as french lace to fabric.

Use DMC heirloom sewing machine thread when doing this for real and needle size#60, #65 or #70.

For the sample I will just be using normal sewing thread so you can see it easy in the photos and it will be a contrasting color for the same reason.

prep work

1. Cut 1 piece of lace and one piece of fabric the same length
2. Prep by starching and pressing both (using clean iron, and clean board, also use spray starch)  ( if the tatting is homemade out of tatting cord it may not need starting but always better to starch than not to)  this technique only works with store bought lace or homemade lace that has a crochet chain added to the header edge.  The header edge is the edge attached to the fabric.

How to

W=3.0-4.0

L = 0.5

  • place right sides together with the lace being 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch away from the edge of the fabric  (this  piece of lace is handmade by me in size 30 thread then I added a size 80 crochet edge in similar color so I could use a sewing machine to attach it)
    •  placement
    • layout
  • using zig zag stitch stitch over the edge of the fabric and the edge of the lace” the chain stitch”.
  •  sew zig zag satin stich
    • zig zag together
  • press towards fabric
    • wrong side before pressing
      • finishe dwrong side
    • right side
      • finished right side

using correct thread this is what your finished piece should look like

right side finished
 with corect thread
right side finished
with correct thread right side

  Heirloom Sewing . Get yours at bighugelabs.com

>Items for new niece

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I have been making things for a new niece that was born just a few days ago.  I will put these in the mail today.  Sorry this is why the delay on the tutorials on heirloom sewing.  She is the 20th of my nieces and nephews but the first baby born from my siblings.  This doll has no shoulders it will look better on a real baby.  this doll is size newborn- 3 months that is why the rush to get them to her or she will out grow this dress.
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onsies with added embelisments

more oncies with trimoncies with trim

There are actually two sets of booties in the package but the others are store bought silk ones and I didn’t do any thing to them so I am not posting them.

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Baby bonnet  was was going to make a pink one too but I think best to get this in the mail before she out grows the items.  She already has one bonnet by me that she was given long before her birth.

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My oldest daughter crocheted around the burp cloths the rest I made.

burp clothes by my oldest daughter

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