The actual beginning.... part 1

This is my rough drawing for my new lace cottage.  I will make a simplified one later that you can download, but this is what I usually work with... pretty rough and as a rule I make a lot of modifications as I go along. 

I mainly am concerned with the general placement of things, not details at this point.
I do not like to make any marks of any kind on the front of my work...ever.  well almost ever.
STEP ONE: The very first thing I do is make a "reverse image" of this drawing.  I do it in my photo editing program but you can do it with most printers also if you check under options.  I do this because I will be putting the image on the back side of my block. 

SECOND STEP: Apply fusible tricot knit interfacing to the back of fabric.  Do not skip this step.
THIRD STEP:  Using a light source (light box or window) lay your fabric front side down on the reverse image and trace the outline onto the back of the fabric.  Since it is on the back of the fabric on the interfacing I can use a fine permanent marker such as a pentel micron fine liner.

You only need the basic outlines.. Note that I marked the corner of the outside of the block as a guide for now as I may adjust the outer edge as I go along.
FOURTH STEP: Then using a single strand of thread I do a fairly small running stitch over all these lines.  This basting will be the   guide as to where to place the laces
When I turn the fabric right side up I have my guide and no marks on my fabric.  I can remove the basting stitches as the work progresses.

I use this method of marking on the back and basting to the front so often and love it.  I use it over and over and over again.  It is by far my favorite method of getting a design on fabric.

FIFTH STEP:  I don't intend to stitch in the sky so at this point I apply a light wash of blue in the general area of the sky..  It doesn't matter if it bleeds into the area of the house as it will be covered with laces.  Start with a VERY light wash and test where it won't show.  You can always add more color but it isn't easy to take it out if it gets too dark in the beginning.
I went through my laces and picked a few I might use. It is fairly easy to find narrow laces for the roof but much harder to find lace for the walls.  This is the type of lace I look for....an small overall pattern.  It matters not to be if it is machine lace (as on the bottom) or hand made as on the top.  I prefer the top lace because the stitching is denser but it may be too thick... I will just have to test them..  It is difficult to find this type of lace... large enough and the right density..
For the fences I'm always collecting laces with a grid pattern such as these.  They work well for so many things....but especially fences.
 The top machine lace will probably work the best because of scale but I'll see.
This grid is especially nice for fences because it works as a guide for stitching in every other column to make the slats for the fence... clever huh?


margaret said...

such details you have shared today I will certainly put my designs on the wrong side in future would not have worked that out for myself thanks this is gong to be great to watch your progress

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Thanks again Gerry for sharing your knowledge and tried and true technique. You really have an eye for finding the design you want on lace.
xx, Carol

M. Hair said...

Thanks for a great post. Love to see your design and working process. Never tried the design on the back. Will give it a try.

Shawkl said...

Wonderful Gerry...love the tutorial. Drawing on the back takes some practice, but is so worth the effort. Can't wait to see the beautiful cottage to come of this design. Your work is always so magnificent! Hugs, Kathy

Marilyn said...

I really love it when your share your step-by-step processes. Some things I already know and use, some I know and haven't used and some are totally new to me. But I love to learn all of them. Thanks

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Interesting to read about your process for transferring a pattern - it's a method I have yet to try (usually rely on tissue paper which can be a royal pain to remove).

Unknown said...

Question: what kind of fabric do you use as the background and what kind of paint do you use for the sky?

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