For those who love hand made lace.
I would like to know if anyone here makes/ or has done embroidery on a netted background. I am planning on making something that resembles alencon lace (alencon lace stitches on the motifs and using machine netting as the background.)
The main dilemma that I am having is that I don't know if I should cut away the netting where the motifs will lay, or if I should just do the needle work directly over the netting (like limerick lace)
If anyone has any input it will be greatly appreciated!
Hello. I have done a little embroidery on net such as Limerick, Carrickmacross and tambour (not embroidery but a type of crochet I know). My suggestion would be not to cut away the netting where the motifs will lay, it will weaken the net and could fray.
I did a wedding veil on net by basically embroidering the net itself. Here's the link to my photo album: http://laceioli.ning.com/photo/albums/silk-wedding-veil Because I was embroidering the net, it became an integral part of the work. The only netting I cut away was the raw edge after I whipped a fine cord along the desired finish line.
Like Maureen, I have only done Limerick and Carrickmacross - both on machine made net.I agree with Maureen, that I would leave the net intact at the back of the lace, as it might fray. However, it depends on your top stitches, as the net might show through if you are working something very open on the top. I think it will be something to decide when you have completed the lace.
Do you plan to work directly onto the net, or work off the net, and then applique your lace onto the net? If the latter, then you could work the edge stitching directly onto the net, - and so securing your lace to the net, and then, possibly it would be safe to cut away the net behind your lace. They often did cut away behind the lace , in the old days, but not always, I think.
I look forward to seeing your work. I have been collecting photos of embroidered net work in process. They might be interesting to you. https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/tulle-embroidery/
Apologies for the very-so-late response but I wanted to thank everyone for their input and with all of the knowledge I have acquired within this post I have finally come across the name of the technique that I still plan to do which is ''Point Applique.'' Thank you all again for the input! and I hope to get started on this technique soon!
Show us pictures of your progress.
"Point Applique" sounds more like Carrickmacross, to me.
Good luck Stephen, - and please show us some of your work.
This Spanish lady has some tulle embroidery classes on her blog, she has good pictures and diagrams~ I hope it helps!
Thanks for that link. I have added it to our list of resources on the opening page of the EMBROIDERED NET group.