Beautiful lace shapes never go out of style, and they are so much easier to make than one might think. Today I’d like to focus on the lace diamond, as this is one of the simplest lace shapes to make – there is no curving involved, just a series of easy mitered corners! To get started, you will need pins and a lace shaping board (Don’t have a lace shaping board? Check out the Shape ’N Press tool available in our online store.) This lace shaping tutorial was originally featured in our book, The Best of Sew Beautiful Christening Gowns:
1. Trace template onto fabric. You may trace only the outside line or both lines as shown. Be sure to trace the lace miter lines at each point of the diamond.
2. Lay the fabric with drawn diamond template onto the lace shaping board. The lace will be pinned to the template through the lace, the fabric and into the lace shaping board.
3. Cut one piece of lace long enough to go all the way around the diamond with about 4 inches extra. Before you begin shaping the lace, leave about 2 inches of lace on the outside of the bottom line.
4. Place a pin at point A and point B at the lower point of the diamond (fig. 1). Pins will be placed at an angle.
5. Lay the lace between the template lines and pin at point C and D (fig. 1). Do not stretch the lace.
6. Fold the lace back on itself folding at point C. Remove pin D and re-pin through both lace layers and through the fabric and board (fig. 2).
7. Lift the lace that was folded back and position the lace between the template lines toward the next point.
8. Pin the lace at E and F (fig. 3). Fold lace back on itself folding at point E. Remove pin F and re-pin through both layers (fig. 4).
9. Lift the lace that was folded back and position the lace between the template lines toward the next point.
10. Pin the lace at G and H. Fold the lace back on itself folding at point G. Remove pin H and re-pin through both layers.
11. Lift the lace that was folded back and position the lace between the template lines toward the bottom of the diamond overlapping the beginning.
12. Remove pin B and pin through both layers (fig. 5). Lift the top lace and flip under folding at point B. The top lace will lie directly on top of the beginning 2-inch lace tail (fig. 6).
13. Crease a miter and remove pin A and re-pin through both layers (fig. 6).
14. Lightly spray starch, cover with a light press cloth and press until dry.
15. Trim the two lace tails that extend at bottom of the diamond so they do not show (fig. 7).
16. Re-pin the outer pins through the lace and fabric only so you can remove fabric from the board.
17. With a 70 Universal needle, stitch around the outside of the diamond with a zigzag, pinstitch or entredeux stitch (fig. 8). Do not stitch around the inside if you want to insert a different fabric or embellished piece inside the diamond. If you want a plain fabric center in the diamond, stitch around the inside of the diamond at this time. Trim the fabric away from behind the lace. The Extra Stable Lace Finish method may be used.
18. If you want to insert a different fabric or embellished piece inside the diamond trim the fabric away from behind the lace and center area of the diamond (fig. 9). The inside lace edge has not been stitched.
19. From the right side, stitch the folds of the miters with a narrow zigzag. Optional: On the wrong side, trim away the lace triangles formed at each miter (fig. 10).
20. Place the embellished piece (pintucked piece shown in fig. 11) behind the diamond. Pin in place. Stitch around the inside of the diamond with a zigzag, pin stitch or entredeux stitch (fig. 12). Trim away the excess embellished piece close to stitching.
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