So, I guess I had Kate's wedding dress on the brain...remember her bodice and veil were hand made Carrickmacross lace?
Well, the lace that was applied to her skirt and train was not Carrickmacross but a mix of Chantilly and English laces....And, as you may remember, they stitched the lace motifs down every 2-3mm?
Well, I guess I just wanted to give that idea a try.
I needed a bit of black on my Breakfast at Tiffany's block...so I pulled out a piece of black Chantilly lace from my stash that happened to have a wonderful floral motif...
And just like those gals at the Royal School of Needlework, I couched the chantilly motifs down every 2-3mm...
Then I was able to cut away the surrounding net ground, leaving just the motif on the fabric.
Can I just tell you? I loved this technique!
It does take a bit of time to couch the lace down thoroughly...but it's worth the effort.
I especially liked how it overlapped the velvet. It's hard to find applications that work well over velvet because of the nap...but the applique of chantilly lace is a total winner in my book. It's not as easy to see in this photo...but it looks sumptuous in person. Let me know if you give it a try...
See you tomorrow!