Needle lace is a very old technique which developed from cutwork.
At the end of the 15th century, the edges of shifts and shirts which were becoming worn were reinforced with a little strip of needle lace.
Needle lace is a freestanding lace, made entirely with a needle.
In this technique, there is absolute freedom in designs and you start from nothing.
A drawing is stitched on to a double layer of fabric. Then a doubled thread is fastened to the outline with a needle and tacking thread. Afterwards the the lace is worked with the chosen stitches.
This type of lace is made in 5 stages:
1. Sewing the drawing on to two pieces of fabric;
2. Working the cordonnet - attaching the doubled thread on to the drawing;
3. Filling - working the chosen stitches in the spaces;
4. Working the cordonnette;
5. Removing the lace from the pattern.
You can take a course in needle lace at the Bruges' Lace Centre.
The lessons cover the basic needle lace stitches, making a piece of lace, hexagons and working the cordonnette to finish the lace.
Welding of lace
26/07/2021– 30/07/2021 [30 uren]