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Fix It Friday - How do you repair lace?

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I'm a little stuck so I'm throwing this question out there - how do you fix lace? It seems more complicated than patching!

The story behind it

A couple of weeks back, a friend from the yarnbombing community was contacted by someone who needed to give-away lots of scrap fabrics. When I mean lots, it was really a LOT. A few of us went to visit and realised his grandmother, an avid quilter, was very ill and that she no longer had the strength to continue with her passion. I found it very sad as some of the things were extremely pretty even though they are scraps. She had a lot of vintage fabrics, many of which were off-cuts or taken from garments. It was a treasure trove! 

There were some gorgeous things we found, including a piece of cotton lace. Let me know if you know a technique that can fix this baby!











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  1. I would have loved to see more detail on that lace. I hope you find the info to fix it.

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    1. Thanks, Purfylle. A lot of people responded so will be starting on my fix soon.

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  2. Went ahead and linked up this week announcing that I'll be joining you in Fix It Friday's next week!

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  3. My Mom was an expert in these things. I wish I knew her technique....!

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  4. you could try handstitching the missing link in with matching thread, making sure the tension and direction of the stitches mimics the lacework...the key is to prevent further unravelling

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    1. I agree with Adel. You can't make it look EXACTLY like the original but with some matching weight thread and a bit of hand stitching you can make it 'pass' :) It it is an item you desire to USE, I suggest a sheer underlay (chiffon/organza/knit/etc) Stitch the bad spot ONTO the underlay and USE IT :) Attach to a garment and wear it with love and wash it on delicate and when it becomes a small HOLE, repair it with an applique :)

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    2. Thanks, Adel and co. I will have to plan ahead first and see what the desired outcome I want is.

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  5. You can use sewing cotton (I hope this is the right word) and try handstitching. You can also use stiches similar to button hole stiches by hand.

    I hope you can understand what I mean

    look here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy4Yg7TPGpE

    greetings
    Maria

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    1. Thanks, Maria. I'll be popping over to take a look :-)

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