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Advice on Lace

Posted by: mj31588 (IP Logged)
Date: May 28, 2009 04:23PM

Hi; I really need help with something. I hope I am posting in the right place. I am making a costume for a contest, and it has lace on it. I could jusy buy similar lace and dye it, but I will get a lot more points if I make the lace myself. I was wondering, would it be possible to make lace similar to the lace in this picture by crocheting?


If crocheting would not really work in this situation, does anyone know what methods I could use to make something like this?

If it would, does anyone know of any crochet classes in the Mooresville, NC area? I've been searching Google like crazy and I haven't really been able to find any. Thanks for the help!

Posted by: Mother Hen (IP Logged)
Date: May 28, 2009 05:27PM

I can't find a site with picture instructions , BUT >
I would do a sc around the item and then > make chain loops or long dc stitches around to get the effect that is on the picture that you posted.

You could make a short row of chains and then another row with longer chains .

Or a row of dc,chain 1, skip a sc dc etc. around ! then do the next row in the long chain.

" Just a simple do it yourself edge "

Others will have ideas also >>>

Mother Hen <><
" Creating Is A God Thing "

Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: May 28, 2009 08:16PM

To follow up on MH's suggestion, chain loops seem to be the basis of the first row and then (on the lower edge) chain-loop mesh (just another row of chain loops worked into the spaces of the first row) makes up the foundation. The very outer edge of all the "lace" is made up of fringe. This type of fringe can be made with a loop stitch or long sections of chain loops.

Any book of basic crochet stitches will give you directions for all these stitches. Or do a google search; there are a lot of sites that give detailed instruction for basic stitches.

Do you already crochet? This will take quite a while. The chain loop and mesh foundations will go rather quickly, but the fringe is time-consuming.

Posted by: mj31588 (IP Logged)
Date: May 28, 2009 08:43PM

I've been trying to teach myself but I've only been successful with the chain stitch. I can't even get the slit stitch right, much less anything else :(. I'm actually going to sign up for crochet classes tomorrow. I found some near me, and it is a month's worth of classes. Hopefully that is enough to learn the basics, and I have to get this dress done by the end of September.

Posted by: Mother Hen (IP Logged)
Date: May 29, 2009 05:37AM

Are you sewing a dress?
When you go to crochet class , ask the instructor to show you how to make the sc around the edge of the dress, so you could make the loops.
I think you could learn to do that edge before September.
Let us know how you do in that event !!

The 2nd picture on this site will show you what I am talking about.

These edges are for blankets,but the sc Base,is what I am wanting you to see .

Patterns of Edgings

Mother Hen <><
" Creating Is A God Thing "

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: May 29, 2009 07:46AM

To my eyes, except that the loops are pretty large in the drawing, it almost seemed like tatting rather than crochet.

However, if this is something with a base of sc and long loops, perhaps a hairpin lace loom could be used to create this effect?