Hi folks--

If we were still having Sunday lace groups, I'm sure someone would be able to point me the right way on this. But now I'm adrift. 

I've just about finished a lace that will be the edge of a cap that I'll be wearing frequently (once historical re-enactments start back up). But unlike knitting, I have no idea how to treat a finished piece. Do I need to block it? Wash it? Iron it?

What do I need to do with something that will be going into real service on clothing?

If there's a good book with guidance on this stuff, I'd love to be pointed to that. Might be a worthwhile reference to have.

Thanks! 

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Bobbin lace does not need to be blocked. It is in perfect condition when it comes off the pillow. a few years ago I set up a page with advice about attaching lace to fabric. It might help with some of your questions. I don't claim to be an expert on attaching lace.

http://laceioli.ning.com/group/bobblinlace-beginners/forum/topics/a... 

When you sew your piece on, you can try to sew into some of the pin holes in the lace, especially at the edge, where the pairs change direction. That means, if the lace gets pulled away from the clothing in any way (which tends to happen when you wear lace), the sewing resists the pull, and it doesn't distort the lace. The passives running along the footside are also a strong place to sew round, as pulling on stitches there doesn't distort the lace either. What you shouldn't do is pick up a single thread in the main part of the lace, as a tug there might distort the lace (I've seen that happen!)
Otherwise, lay the lace on the clothing, smooth it flat so it sits naturally, and sew! If you're really worried about the piece coming off, try two rows of sewing, close together.

Helpful--thanks so much! 

I'm relieved to know that it's fine off the pillow. 

This lace has a nice footside that should work perfectly for this. But that's a great tip on the pin holes too. When I do the lappets later (took a month just to make the edge), those will need to be attached in the main body and the pin hole tip there makes great sense. 

This piece will get some pleating to sort of ruffle it. But all the sewing tips will still suit that strategy. 

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