A Victorian Lace Square to Appliqué and Embroider

Captivated by the timeless allure of lace? PieceWork has fallen under lace’s spell since its inception and dedicates its May/June 2018 issue for the eleventh time to lace’s magic. Throughout time, needleworkers have become smitten with lace, and Kathi Rotella’s Victorian lace square is a good example. She was so taken by a sample, that she re-created it for PieceWork.

Kathi explains, “The inspiration for this design came from a vintage piece of lace purchased by a friend from an antiques shop in Missouri. The lace particularly impressed me because it has a delicate visual presence even though it was created entirely from machine-made lace net (tulle) and machine-made tape laces. The tapes formed little flowers upon the net background that mimicked my favorite forget-me-nots.”

Victorian lace

Kathi Rotella used cotton tulle and tape laces to make this sweet lace square. Antique scissors and etui from the collection of Loene McIntyre. Photos by Joe Coca.

Materials

  • Lacis tulle, #HE01, 100% fine cotton, 18 hole, 1 piece 9 x 9 inches (22.9 x 22.9 cm), Ecru
  • Lacis princess tape lace, #CN17, 100% cotton, 2 yards (1.8 m), Ecru
  • Lacis Honiton tape lace, #CN14, 100% cotton, 10 inches (25.4 cm), Ecru (for small leaves)
  • Lacis Honiton tape lace, #CN15, 100% cotton, 6 inches (15.2 cm), Ecru (for large leaves)
  • Lacis dot tape lace, #CN18, 100% cotton, 6 inches (15.2 cm), Ecru (for small rings)
  • DMC Brilliant Cutwork and Embroidery Thread, Article 107, size 16, 100% cotton thread, 23 meters (25.1 yd)/skein, 1 skein of Ecru
  • John James Needles, tapestry size 24 (for embroidery) and sewing (for basting)
  • Sewing thread, Ecru (for sewing) and contrasting color (for basting)
  • Muslin fabric
  • Marker, fine point permanent

Finished size: 7½ x 7½ inches (19.1 x 19.1 cm)

Make your own Victorian lace square and succumb to lace’s charms. Download a copy of PieceWork’s 11th-annual Lace Issue, May/June 2018. Read about another Victorian-era lace project in “A Shawl Based on a Weldon’s Veil Pattern to Knit,” also in the May/June 2018 issue.

Featured Image: Detail of Kathi’s Victorian-style lace square.


Learn more about the history of lace in PieceWork!

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