What To Do with a Piece of Lovely Lace?

We invited Amber Eden, editor of Stitch, to tell us how she uses lace in her projects.

I love to collect lace, both new and vintage, but it’s not always easy to come up with a way to use it. I have stacks of lace in my sewing studio that are there for nothing more than good looks. But every once in a while a piece of lace comes along that demands to be put to use.

I was shopping at Mood Fabrics in New York City recently, and they have some extraordinary lace decorated with amazing beading. The particular piece of lace that I settled on was gorgeously saturated with embellishment.

While I couldn’t afford more than a ½ yard of the stuff (it came in at a pricey $150/yard), I just had to have it. But what to do with it?

At first I considered using it as some sort of overlay for a ready-to-wear garment, or cutting out motifs and using them as an appliqué, but it seemed a shame to make even one snip into this beauty.

I laid it out on the table and pondered the issue. That’s when I noticed that I had a piece that was 18 x 60 inches, the perfect dimensions for a stunning evening wrap. The scalloped ends were already finished, so I only had to do a tiny rolled hem along the sides and, voila, a beautifully unique wrap.

I am so happy to report that this is one piece of lace that will be put to very good use.

For lots of great projects where you can incorporate your favorite fabrics, both vintage and new, check out a subscription to Stitch magazine.

Do you have a particularly lovely piece of lace that you worked into a project? I would love to know about it.

Happy stitching!

Amber Eden

Editor, Stitch