Sewing Drops or Fringes
A special point or motif could be placed in a central, highly visible location, such as the pointed V on a bodice, with the universal trim covering the balance of the seam. Some trims have a scallop on both sides with deep points nested together. These are designed to be split apart. Separating them this way cuts the cost in half.
Used properly, only small amounts of the higher cost full width lace is needed to embellish a gown. Once the piece is cut into individual motifs, each piece is treated as an applique. The arrangements are endless. The applique motifs can be arranged as if they were all-over lace, except there is no waste when the pattern piece is cut out and the design isn't interrupted at seam lines and darts.
The arrangement can follow a neckline or be placed between two seams such as those on a princess line bodice. The motifs can be arranged into large designs on a train or skirt and can even be glued on headpieces and shoes.
The cost of these exotic imported laces makes it important to use them carefully. However, with the minimal waste, precision of placement and simplicity of use, Alencon is a very good buy and beautiful!
- Take a tiny back stitch where the string of beads
is to begin.
- Thread the needle through the beads making the desired
- A small anchor bead will need to be placed at the
end of the string. This is the only bead that will be sewn through only
- Loop through the bottom bead, and then rethread the
needle up through the string of beads.
- Make a tiny knot at the top.
- Fringes or edgings can have a small space between the strings giving it a "V" appearance. For edgings, go down through one set of beads, through the bottom anchor bead, then up through a second set of beads. Leave a space on the edge to create the "V", take a back stitch to secure.