This master class cannot be attributed to a specific type of lace, because the main idea was borrowed from Romanian lace, but in the process such techniques were used that are not used in the traditional version.
Therefore, it can be attributed to the following types of creativity:
- romanian lace
Difficulty: medium. If you have never worked in the Romanian lace technique, then you should not take on such a panel. First, try making two or three small stitches.
It took the author three months to create such a panel, despite the fact that she worked on it no more than 4 hours a day.
- mercerized cotton yarn "Anna 14" - 20 skeins;
- crochet hook from No. 1.9 to 2.6;
- tablet (stretcher);
- layout, printing on banner fabric;
- pins 1 pack (500 pcs.);
- polystyrene foam 3 sheets;
- glue moment.
So, let's begin.
1. You need to decide on the picture. We set in the search "lace vector image". Of the many options, I liked this one the most.
Image from the photobank. Having paid a certain amount of money for it, you get it in excellent resolution and you can immediately print it in the size you need.
If you are proficient in Corel Draw, you can draw a similar image yourself. The author chose the second path and ordered a layout drawing from a designer. If you do it yourself - consider the location of each line, each dash. Then you will be able to avoid mistakes and it will be easier to work exactly according to the layout.
With the standard size of the headboard of 160 cm, it was found by trial method that it is optimal to make the panel slightly smaller than the bed itself. Therefore, the size was chosen 140x140 cm.
Send the vector image to any printing house that deals with large-format printing.
The author ordered two types of printing - on poster paper and on banner fabric (artificial canvas). As a result, the poster was not needed at all, because the banner fabric is very easy to use and durable.
You can, of course, save money and print the image piece by piece at home on a printer and then glue it together. But in this case, during the embroidery process, the image must be covered with a film so that the ink does not print on the lace.
In large-format printing, the image is processed in such a way that the ink does not smudge and you do not need to use film.
An important point! When printing, keep in mind that you will be working from the wrong side. That is, at the end of the work, having removed the lace, the front side will have a mirror pattern. In the case of our flower on the printout, its top looks to the upper right corner, and when finished, it will look to the upper left.
2. The next stage is the preparation of the stretcher (a tablet, a stretcher - it is more convenient to call it to anyone). This is the frame on which the background and the lace itself will be stretched in the future. We also need this stretcher to assemble lace elements. When embroidering details, it is not convenient to work with it, since it is very large.
The subframe is knocked down from a chipboard. In order to make it convenient to collect embroidery on it (roughly speaking, stick pins), you need to glue it with foam or expanded polystyrene. We used sheets of expanded polystyrene - it does not crumble like regular polystyrene, and is quite affordable (in hardware stores). Sheets measuring 60x100 cm. Accordingly, we took 3 sheets.
They were glued onto ordinary PVA and the joints were also stapled for reliability. The glue does not dry immediately, so it is better to dry on a horizontal surface to prevent the sheets from crawling.
All this work can be done both at the beginning, before starting embroidery, and at the end, when the main embroidery is ready and you need to collect all the elements into a single composition.
As mentioned earlier, you do not need to immediately pull the canvas onto the stretcher. To begin with, we have to
3. Working on the elements.
Of course, you can start by braiding the cords, because you will need more than a dozen meters!
But it is best to do it in stages: tie the cord to size for each element. This will actually be much faster and more efficient.
Three types of cord were used in the panel:
1. ordinary caterpillar cord (only the smallest flowers).
2. cord "wide caterpillar" (most of the elements).
3. let's call it "very wide caterpillar". This is already the author's own "invention" - they just added one more single crochet when weaving a "wide caterpillar". (This cord was used when working with a large flower).
Since Anna's yarn is thin (100g / 450 m), all the cords are tied in three strands.
We lay out the cord according to the picture, fix it with pins, measure the desired length. We cut off the cord with a small margin so that it is possible to complete the end of the cord according to the picture.
The petal is tapering, so we complete the cord by decreasing the loops. We leave the thread for now. Then we work with the cord, laying it out according to the picture. Thus, we collect the element. Then we connect the cords.
Cord connection diagram (MK from Duplet magazine).
After the cords have been laid out and connected, you can start filling the elements with mesh.
The mesh is made as follows: we lay out the cord according to the drawing, fasten it with pins, connect the cords together.
We fasten the thread with a needle for embroidery. We mark the future top of the arch with a pin. We introduce the needle in the opposite side and fasten the thread.
Pull the needle up through the cord. Again mark the top of the next arch with a pin. We put a needle into the lower arch, make a knot.
You can remove the pin from the bottom arch and mark the top of the next one.
We introduce the cord at the level of the top of the lower arch. We pass the needle and thread up the cord.
We mark with a pin the top of the arch of the third row, fix the thread at the top of the arch of the second row. We mark the next arch and repeat the steps. This fills the entire petal.
If your layout is rendered correctly, then you just need to follow the drawing, marking the tops of the arches, and not by eye as here.
When we come to the end of the petal, the mesh rests on the cord. On the cord, mark the top of the future arch with a pin. We introduce the needle into the marked place.
We stretch the thread, fasten it to the cord and complete the arch.
This is what happens when we remove the pins and flip the element to the front.
Thus, the rest of the panel elements are collected and embroidered.
When all the elements are embroidered, and it remains to put the composition together, the tablet will come in handy.
First you need to lay out the edging with a cord (caterpillar), to which the background mesh will be attached.
Further, according to the figure, we fix the elements with pins.
Now there is no less laborious work on the grid, which unites all the details of the panel into a single composition.
The mesh is made of a chain of air loops in two strands. It can be tied in advance and a lot. In the process, it will be cut off, but since this is a regular chain, it is very easy to work with it.
We lay out and fix ready-made elements on the tablet. We lay out a chain of air loops according to the picture, securing the vertices with pins, Sew it to the cord at their junction. Thus, we spread it until the moment you see that the thread must be cut. When joining with some elements, you can continue to lay out the chain, and with some it is better to cut it off (if an element with a grid, for example).
We begin to make the second row. We attach the chain to the cord. We pass the chain through the top of the lower arch and make a knot. fix the next vertex with a pin, make a knot at the top of the arch of the lower row.
If we are on the path of the chain with a small element, and it is clear that the thread can not be cut, but continue to lay out according to the pattern, then we sew the chain to the element and continue working.
Thus, we connect all the elements of the panel.
The middle of the flower is collected according to a similar principle. Chain of air loops connects petals and round elements.
When the work is completed, remove the lace from the stretcher. We wash in cold water by hand. The author washed with baby soap. Without wringing, we spread it on a flat surface (it is possible on the same stretcher, but spreading towels or something absorbent). And we rest for a couple of days until the lace dries completely (the author writes that she did not have enough patience and did not wait for it to dry completely, and, unfortunately, this affected the result). Therefore, patience and patience again - that's what you need for two to three days.
Stretch the lace again and look carefully at all the elements. We hide all the threads in the cords. And for reliability, we process all the cords with a transparent gel with a moment. A lot of glue will go away. This work is best done outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Again, we wait at least a day for the glue to dry out.
When everything is dry, you can remove and turn the lace.
We stretch the fabric of the required size and color onto a stretcher and attach the panel to it.
Optionally, you can frame the panel in a baguette.
Unfortunately, I cannot provide a photo, since this work was done by another person.
While the panel is waiting for renovation in the room. Therefore, the photo in the interior was taken in Photoshop.
And some detailed photos.
Inspiration to you and comfort in the house!