|Pretty Lace Flowers|
Please also excuse my mucky, inked and glued hands in the photos!! Its the risk we take to make pretty things!!
WHAT YOU NEED
|Needle and thread and lace of your choice|
You dont need much for this tutorial. Pick whichever lace you want to work with. Obviously the thicker the lace, the bigger the flower. Im using a pretty narrow lace so this will make wee flowers, perfect for cards.
Needle and thread - double your thread and knot at that end
Whatever embellishments you would like......button in the centre, pearls or bling....or just plain and simple.
|Start your stitch as close to the as possible|
|2. Do a simple in and out running stitch|
I havent told you a length of lace and there is a very good reason for this. And its simply.....I dont know how much I need until I start stitching!! So dont cut your lace, just start at the end and place your needle as close to the edge as possible. The reason for this is because this edge will be your centre. And if you start to sew in from the edge, the centre of your flower will have a lot of extra material in the middle that is wasted when it could have been forming your flower.
Do a simple running stitch along the edge of the lace. See photos 1 and 2.
|3. Your flower starts to take shape|
|4. Your flower shape complete|
When you have done enough stitches and you are happy with how it looks you need to cut you lace. MAKE SURE you cut the lace just a wee smidgen after the last stitch as you want your needle and thread still attached to your flower. See photo 4.
|5. Sew a stitch through both raw ends through the middle|
|6. Put a small stitch in the flower edge if you want|
|7. Small stitch at the flowers edge|
|Finished flower without embellishment|
Now at this stage you may leave the flower like this. However as you can see from photo 6 above, there is a raw edge on the outside of the flower. Now the material has been overlapped slightly so you may never notice this raw edge, but I personally dont like to leave it like this. I use my needle and thread and just put a tiny securing stitch near the edge to secure both sides. You wont see the stitch its that small. See photo 7.
And that is it as far as the basic flower is concerned. See photo 8.
Now the fun begins and you can add whatever you want to your flower. As you can see from the photos below I have used buttons which I glued on with my hot glue gun. Some have wee sparkly bling gems. Its up to you.
You can then think about different colours and layers. To do multiple layered flowers like those in the photos below, simply add another contrasting coloured ribbon and sew these together, one on top of the other with your running stitch. Its a nice touch if one is wider than the other.
These also look amazing with feathers behind them with some stringed pearls and stick pins, they look beautiful on cards or tags.
Just have fun, experiment and see what you come up with. Next stop....fabric flowers!!
Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving comments too, they are all very much appreciated. If you have any questions, please ask all you want. Loops xx
A SMALL NOTE: I had a few questions asked by Kathleen about affixing the buttons and using crochet lace. Yes, I have used crochet lace to make these flowers before and they turn out lovely. As regards to placing the button, you can sew it but for a more secure fix I prefer to set it with my hot glue gun. Loops xx