Feb 29, 2012

How to make a Lace Flower....

Hello Everyone.
Do you want to know how to make this little lace flower?

Well if you stay on this page I will give you  step by step instructions that you can easily follow, and have it made in 10mins max!

Even ladies who view a needle and thread as something foreign can make these, trust me they are so easy.

Thread a needle with some cotton ( same colour as your lace would be a good start!)
 I have used a white for this tutorial against a cream lace so that you can observe and scrutinise the method.

Choose some soft lace, you can use any width, but keep in mind that the larger your width the bigger your flower.
I have used a 3/4 inch scalloped lace, again it does not have to be scalloped.
Cut a length of 6-10 inches.

Start at the bottom edge and sew little running stitches up to the top and then back down to the bottom, as evenly as possible but, don't fret that your stitches are not exact.
This picture shows the upward  motion.
 Take note of my needle position.
When you reach the top always finish with your needle to the front.
Start your next stitch by looping over, and underneath towards the back of the lace to start the downward stitching.

When you have sewn about halfway gently pull up your stitching........
........ careful now as you do not want them tight, loose and relaxed is better, you will see the lace naturally want to curl that is when you stop.

Curl up the lace into a flower, making it tight at the beginning to form the bud, and work around until you are happy with your size, if it is not big enough continue to sew some more,   until it looks like a perfect Rose/Flower.

When you are happy, cut your lace to within a 1/4inch of your stitching.
Do not remove or tie off your needle and thread.

Tuck your end underneath and sew a little stitch to hold , then sew right up through the flower to catch up all the layers, do this a few times, tweaking the petals as you go.

You should have a finished flower like this and not bulky at the base.

And here are the two side by side, notice how you obtain a different effect depending on what type of lace you use.

You will be seeing these on a card sometime soon from me, but in the meantime why don't you make some up and add as a beautiful element to any project.
Let me know when you have made some or if you have any questions I would love to see how you extend this element onto your creations.

Have a great day.


Greta said...

Now, if I could sit next to you, I'd make these--LOL! Gorgeous! Your instructions are great--I just never seem to get something like this to come out right--may give it a try on the w/e, though. I know these will show up on something wonderful--can't wait!

Barb said...

I'm so glad you showed this tutorial, Sue! Thank you! Both flowers are so pretty! And by the way, I am one of those ladies who view a needle and thread as foreign objects! :)

Evelyn S. said...

Just delightful, Sue! I like the fluffy white one!

cheryl said...

oh Sue what a brilliant tutorial Hun,they are just gorgeous and so effective hugs Cherylxxxx

Dawn T said...

great tutorial Sue. These looks quite beautiful. Will be trying these myself. Can't wait to see what you use them on.

Mary J said...

Thx for such a great tute Sue! I'm gonna have a go at this!

Lisa Minckler said...

I can't believe how easy this actually is. I thought for sure it would be more difficult than this. I say that now, but 1/2 the fight will be threading the needle.
I really appreciate you putting this tutorial together Sue. I'll send you pictures when I'm finished. Have you made a zipper flower with this method yet?

So happy....thank you!!!

Jacqueline said...

Great tutorial Sue - thanks for sharing!

Brenda Brown said...

Great flowers - gonna bookmark these. TFS.
Hope all is well with you.
hugs {brenda} xox

walchowDesign said...

Great tutorial and I think I am going to give it a try if I can find some lace somewhere in my ribbon box!

Michey said...

Oh my heavens, these little flowers are SOOOOOOOO pretty! Your tutorial is wonderful and easy to follow too - WOW!

Thank you so much for inspiring me this morning!

Sharon Wheet said...

great tutorial! I may just have to make one myself!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

I'm all about handmade flowers and I just love these, especially the smaller one! Thanks so much for this great tutorial, Sue!

CJD.Sign said...

I like your simple tutorial! I'm so over Winter and love this idea for floral crafts before the flowers bloom in Spring! I've linked your post to a future posting on my blog. http://www.stylingwithcjdsign.blogspot.com
Thanks and have a great day! CJ

Jacq said...

Thank you for that simple tutorial, what a beautiful and delicate little rose, I'd like to use this, if you don't mind, on a wedding horseshoe that I am making for my friend ;)

Ida Rogers said...

These are really pretty, I love both Rose's, I have to try these. Your talent is incredible. Thanks for sharing this.