Tutorial: Decorative Stitch “Art”Lace” using water soluble stabilizer
Water soluble stabilizer offers great opportunities for art quilters and textile artists to get very creative and can be used for lots of different applications including decorative lacework, needle-lace, lace inserts, embellishments — the possibilities are endless!
One of my favorite sewing techniques is combining water soluble stabilizer and the decorative stitches on your sewing machine is a creative way to make “art lace” which is lace with irregular shape and a contemporary appearance. This type of “art lace” can be used in art quilts as focus or background pieces …
It can be used to make “see-through” inserts and decorative embellishments …
And one of my favorites – tassels …
I also use it for decorative edging and I used here when I made my art doll
This is the basic technique I use to make “art lace”.
- Sewing machine
- Thread of choice for top
- A fine thread of similar color for the bobbin
- Water soluble stabilizer
- Standard foot
- Slightly loosen top tension
Cut a piece of water soluble stabilizer approx 6” x 6”
Sew a cross- grid pattern of straight stitch approx 1/2” apart
Select a decorative stitch and stitch between the grid lines from left to right beginning in the middle and working your way out
Keep going until the whole piece is filled. This can take a while – there’s lots of stitching.
Rinse away the stabilizer, handling the piece gently, and watch the magic happen!
PS – You can find additional tools and resources that I recommend and use here on my Resources page