Openwork Lace Insertion
There are two ways to add it:
Method 1. Sew it directly over fabric or another background, with the colored background showing through the crocheted lace. This type of lace is usually sewn on a number of inches away from the edge (you decide how many inches will look right on the item that you're adding the lace to). It's a good idea to pin the lace in place before sewing it down (by hand or sewing machine). I like to measure from the edge up to the lace, all the way across, as I pin it, to be sure that I'm keeping it even.
Method 2. Cut the fabric at the point where you want to add the lace (it's a good idea to measure and pin, before cutting, so you can keep the cut even, all the way across). Hem the cut edges of the fabric, then sew the crocheted lace in between, so that you will have the fabric on both sides of the lace. Adding the lace is going to add length to the garment, so if you want the garment to be the same length as before, you'll need to cut that extra amount off one of the garment edges (cut it off the larger piece), keeping in mind the length of fabric that was folded under when hemming. To decide how much to cut off, measure the width of your lace, then subtract the length used in folding for the hem on both edges. The number you come up with is the amount of length to cut off (if you want the garment to end up the same length as it originally was. If you don't mind if it's longer, then you don't need to cut any extra off the garment). When sewing the lace on, stitch very close to the edge of the lace (stitching directly over the outermost crocheted row, is best).
Method 2 (with no background behind the lace) works very well with clothing like summer tops or summer skirts, even sleeves.
Another Thought: A teenage girl might be thrilled to have crocheted lace glued to her favorite notebook or maybe even her backpack.
To make this lace insertion, I crocheted continuous repeats of the Antique "Spider" Lace Design. I crocheted my sample in size 30 crochet cotton thread, using a size 10 steel hook. With these materials, the lace is 1 3/4 inches wide. You may wish to use size 20 or size 10 (bedspread weight) thread with about a size 8 steel hook, instead, which will result in a wider lace.
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