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Creating New Cloth from Old Crocheted Lace


Price includes 2 hours of class.

With Judy Gelzinis Donovan

Oct 10, 4:00-6:00pm CDT

Learn to create a lace collage from old doilies and machine-stitch it together into sturdy, beautiful lace cloth or a garment.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Do you love old lace doilies but don’t know what to do with them? Maybe you have a bunch of Grandma’s thread crochet that should be honored rather then saved in a cedar chest or drawer?

Judy will show you how to take ‘bits and bobs’ of crocheted lace doilies and assemble them into cloth that can be used to sew art wearables. You can decide it could be a whole-lace jacket or vest, an embellishment, sleeves, or even just cuffs and collar.

Students will create a small piece of “lace cloth” using doilies, trims, and bits of old lace edgings, essentially a collage of lace that, once machine-sewn, will stand on its own as a sturdy fabric. So head to your closet, cedar chest, local thrift shop, antique store or flea market and gather your doilies while ye may! These raw materials are going to become something special.

Judy will share how to choose a suitable garment pattern, work with a pattern to build a lace work of art, and even natural-dye options for your finished cloth.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
No special skills other than basic experience using a sewing machine. Machine can be simple and requires no special stitch options, just forward and reverse.

Supply List

• 10–12 (or more) old lace doilies preferably cotton ones, enough to cover a surface about 17″ x 11″
• Sewing machine in good working order, no fancy stitches needed.
• White or ecru sewing thread (one that blends with the doilies).
• ONE of the following water-soluble stabilizers: PellonStick-N-Washaway Stabilizer [a yard of 19” wide OR a 5-pack of the 8 ½” sheets.] OR a roll of 19.5” wide Sulky Fabri-Solvy Soluble Stabilizer OR Sulky Super Solvy Stabilizer (20”x36”pack). How to use all 3 stabilizers will be demonstrated.
• Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique



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