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Topic: Lacing an Embroidery--Tutorial  (Read 16494 times)
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« on: January 28, 2010 07:33:21 PM »

In several of my posts here I mentioned that I was lacing my embroidery pieces onto a foam board. It occurred to me that some people out there might not know what that means or might like the look of it but wonder how to do it. I learned by searching around online, but I felt like the available tutorials were a little difficult to grasp (for me, at least), so I wrote up my own and posted it to my blog (here). I never posted it here, though, so I thought I'd share it now.

Because it's so picture heavy, I'm not going to post the whole thing here, but you can click over to my blog post (again, here) to see the whole shebang.

The abbreviated version is this:

You'll need a backing board of some sort, some strong thread that doesn't have much stretch to it (I used perle cotton, have heard upholstery thread is good), a needle, and a finished embroidery.

You fold two opposite sides of your fabric over the backing board and use a sort of long herringbone stitch to connect the two sides. It will look something like this:

If you run out of thread as you go, you just tie on a new piece and keep going. (Your stitches don't need to be pulled totally tight until you get to the end of the piece, so if you add a new thread, make sure you tighten all your stitches first so the knot is in the right place when you're ready to tighten/finish the whole thing.)

Once you've finished stitching the whole way across, pull your stitches tight and finish off. Fold the other two opposing sides over and do the same thing with them. You can just fold your sides down, mitre the corners, or trim some fabric out at the corners to make it less bulky, depending on the look you want.

When you're finished going the whole way across, pull your stitches tight and finish off.

And that's it! I hope it was clear enough in its abbreviated form. Feel free to ask any questions.

Happy stitching!

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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010 08:49:02 PM »

This is an awesome idea!  Thanks so much for the brief tute!
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010 09:37:55 PM »

i was JUST looking up ways to display finished embriodery projects. thanks for the idea!

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010 12:55:58 PM »

This is so awesome! I sticked it so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010 04:57:12 PM »

Thank you so much. I've never been quite clear how to do this, so this helps a lot. Needless to say not many of my finished projects are displayed.
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2010 05:41:37 AM »

great idea! i have a dozen or more cross stitches that aren't displayed because i'm too cheap and lazy to have them framed.

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2010 09:34:58 AM »

This is really great!
I'm always trying new ways to finish the backs of my pieces, and have never even heard of this.

Thank you for sharing!

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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2010 07:32:53 PM »

ooh I like this... I now have a way to finish embroidery... no more frames!

« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2010 09:23:09 AM »

Yay! - I only learnt to do this as the first books I worked on as a craft editor were cross stitch books. I've always stretched my own work - cheap and easy and so cool when you stand back and know you created the whole look yourself.

But do keep an eye out for unusual/vintage/quirky mounts and frames in charity shops, junk shops, in sales etc. They can really make a piece of needlework look extra special - just take of the back, remove the glass (dispose of it carefully though!), and pop in your newly laced project like a picture. If you don't like the colour paint it, or even cover it in fabric.  Try making a 'mount' from fabric. Experiment - finishing the embroidery itself is just the first step towards creating a final masterpiece!

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2010 06:02:52 AM »

Fabulous! Thank you for sharing how to do this!  Smiley

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