Have you ever made thread lace? With the water soluble stabilizer? I decided that was what I wanted for my curvy silk piece so I jumped right into creating it.
It started with the idea of a grid of beads and beading thread and then I figured it might be sturdier with a base of fabric, but I wanted to keep the sheer idea of the bead grid, so….thread lace.
I have this cone of superfine ‘fiber’–one of the many items I’ve acquired over the years. Don’t know exactly what it is, but it shimmers and shines like a hologram so it seems perfect for this.
I’ll tell you one thing–that cone holds a whole lot of fiber, but it’s not enough to make thread lace.
I have a few spools of shiny specialty threads that I have not been successful in using, so I decided to throw them into the mix, too.
Then you layer the top with another piece of stabilizer, pin-pin-pin and start stitching.
I begin with a grid, but all those loose threads must be stitched closely together enough to hold up as a fabric after the stabilizer is washed away. It’s hard to see in photos, but this is the beginning of that stitching.
I tried using invisible thread for my grid, but kept having trouble with it. I have trouble with it on regular fabric, too, and hate it so it didn’t take me long to switch. I gave up on some of the transparency in favor of no thread breakage and used Bottomline. The fill in stitching is done with silver and I don’t think thread alone is going to do the job!
I found a tiny piece of this sheer poly, which has the same holographic shine as the mystery fiber.
I think it will be perfect to use as a base, if I can find some of the same or something similar. It will continue my sheer theme as well as make a better support for the bead grid that is still in the works!
But there’s a snow storm today, so fabric shopping will have to wait for clear roads! I am not a patient person when I have to stop in the middle of an active sewing day and wait for something that is totally out of my control. Grrrrr! But what about the other half of the split project? I could work on it, but I think I need to look at those sheers in the store for that one, too.
I guess I’ll have to keep myself busy using up the yarn stash. I can knit in front of the fireplace while it snows.