In the previous post, Pin Stitch…What’s it all about? basic information was given about fabric, needle, thread, foot and fabric preparation. There was more, because pin stitch is one of my favorite techniques. And my writing style can be summarized as why-say-in-a-sentence-what-could-be-said-in-a-paragraph? But I bet you already knew that.
This is part II with how-to details and applications for this classic stitch. I hope it is more useful than boring.
NITTY GRITTY HOW TO–After reading all this background and materials preparation info, you are probably wondering HOW DO YOU DO IT???? Finally, we get down to it.
Lace edging is pin stitched to the sleeve of a shadow smocked dress, as detailed a few posts ago.
Pin stitch is almost always connecting one thing to another, like lace to fabric on the sleeve to this shadow smocked dress or the angel blanket above. Continue reading
When I began this project I had a 3-fold goal. It was to make a gender neutral christening gown
- using less than 200 yds. of lace
- costing less than major household appliance and
- looking more like an heirloom than a Halloween costume.
The purist in me demanded that all materials be heirloom quality and that the design be suitable for the solemn and yet joyful occasion for which it was intended. Upon completion, I felt that my goals had been met.
The materials were simple and few: ultra sheer Swiss batiste, also known as finella or Swiss muslin, 5 yds. lace tape, 1 ¼ yds. entredeux, 2 1/4 yds. 1/2″ tatting, 1 yd. baby tatting. With a 100 wing needle, 1.8/70 twin needle, 80 wt. cotton heirloom thread and 50 wt. silk thread, all supplies were assembled and ready to go. Continue reading