Fiber Lace Squares
By Carol Duvall
What fun this project was to make! Though this was something that was
featured on our HIA 2002 special, we have never featured it on our
show, and it looked like such fun, I finally decided to give it a try.
I was right. It was fun.
You will need a sewing machine, but if all
you can do is turn it on and sew a reasonably straight line, that's all
you will need to do. It's that easy. And though the one I demonstrated
was only about 12 inches square, it's amazing the number of places it
can be used.
- water-soluble stabilizer
- basting spray
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine
- various fibers, each about 3' long
- lightweight approx. 3/8" wide ribbon for border
Fibers like these are sold with a variety of textures on one card.
- Cut two pieces of water-soluble stabilizer to desired size. Ours
was 12 inches square. Lay one piece of the stabilizer on covered
work surface. Spray lightly with basting spray
- Take the ribbon you have selected for the border and, starting at
one corner, form a square (figure B). If the ribbon is
longer than your square, you can either cut it off there or fold it
back down across the center of the square and treat it as one of
- Randomly place the other fibers one at a time across the open
space (like a web) to form a pleasing pattern (figure C).
Press down slightly to hold them to the stabilizer.
- When you have as many fibers as desired in position, cover the
entire piece with a second piece of the stabilizer
(figure D). Again, press down lightly.
- Take the entire square to the sewing machine and, starting at one
corner, stitch over 1 inch, then make a right turn and stitch a
straight line to the ribbon on the opposite side. Make a left turn
and stitch about 3/4 or 1 inch; then make a second left turn and
stitch straight across the piece. Continue in this manner, making
all the stitches in rows across the open space. Start again and
repeat in the opposite direction so you have a grid over the entire
piece (figure E).
- Place the entire piece in a bowl of tepid water and wait for up to
5 minutes or until the base of the piece (both pieces of the
stabilizer) has melted away (figure F).
- Gently squeeze the excess water from the "lace" square and place
it on a towel to dry (figure G).
- Trim any excess fibers and threads as needed then: Gather in the
center and wear as a jabot. Gather in the center to make a poof and
wear in a pocket. Fold in half on the diagonal, separate the
points, and wear at the neckline as a semi-collar (figure
H). Use as a doily. Mat, frame and hang on the wall (figure