Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lace Collage

This is lace that I have fused to crinoline with MistyFuse, then painted with Jacquard Lumiere and DynaFlow paints. I followed (loosely) instructions from Three Creative Studios free projects, which are available on their website. If you are as clueless as I was, you'll need the one for Painted Lace Surfaces and the one for Painted Lace Cuff. These are pdf files that you can download to your computer. Thanks, Three Creative Studios!

First I fused down a layer of very flat lace, the wide kind that is probably made of nylon. Or you could use torn silk strips as the instructions show. Then I put down another layer of Misty Fuse and fused Venice Lace over it. MistyFuse is great because it can be layered several times and it does now show or add bulk to the piece. I added paint after all the lace was down. I used water to thin down the paints but fabric medium would have worked as well and left the piece with a softer hand.

My plan was to back it with ultrasuede, cut it into strips, and make cuff bracelets from it. I had a senior moment and cut it into strips before I backed it. Oh, well, it's just a little more work to back the pieces individually.

I used free motion with clear thread to stitch over the bracelets and secure the lace. Now it's on to decorative stitching, beads, backing, and edge finishing, in that order, if I can remember it long enough to do it.


  1. Wow, it's lovely either way. Mind if I borrow the idea for Farmer's Market?? ;-) Happy Easter O Senior One.... Love ya, Cathy

  2. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your technique resources.

  3. I was JUST over there looking at their tutorial for this.
    I like your take wayyyy better than theirs even. Really wonderful. Wouldn't this look great pieced into a CQ?

  4. Thanks, everyone for your kind words.
    Allie, I love the idea for cq. What I made is very heavy, but I think it could be made much lighter. I think putting the Venice lace on hand dyed muslin, and using fabric medium with the paints would help a great deal with weight and hand as well as design.

  5. Love it and I love all forms of crazy quilting, plus Three Creative Studios site.