The inspiration for this delicate stole came from a piece of Carrickfergus lace
by Ian Cole
- Silk crêpe de Chine stole 45 x 180 cm
- Dupont steam-fix dyes, 50 ml each: Marine, Fuchsia
- 1 m cold-water dissolvable fabric
- Scraps of metallic fabric
- Dark blue machine thread
- Bright pink variegated machine thread
beads, pewter and iridescent
dish with lid
hoop for machine embroidery
machine, with spring needle
or darning foot
tiles or packaging
Painting the stole
the dye, wear rubber gloves and an apron at all times,
and protect work surfaces with plastic and/or several layers of newspaper.
- Wet the stole
thoroughly with cold water.
- Twist the stole
lightly and lay it in a coil in the microwave.
- Using a pipette,
squirt the Marine dye all over the stole, adding the occasional squirt
of Fuchsia. Wearing rubber gloves, turn the stole over and repeat on the
other side. When the whole stole is covered, knead the dye in, using your
- Place a sheet
of kitchen roll over the stole and put the lid loosely in place. Put the
dish into the microwave on full power for 4 minutes.
- Remove from the
microwave, taking care as it will be hot.
- Rinse the stole in cold water until the water runs clear. Finally, wash in water to which a spot of washing-up liquid has been added and rinse in clear water once again.
- Iron with a hot iron while still damp.
If you do not want to use the steam-fix dyes, use silk paints instead and follow the instructions that come with the product.
What you do
- Cut two pieces of dissolvable fabric big enough to fit in the embroidery hoop. Lay one piece on the outer hoop and scatter tiny snippets of metallic fabric on top. Place the second piece of dissolvable fabric on top of the first and secure the sandwich with the metal inner ring.
- Position the hoop
over the design and trace the outline onto the dissolvable fabric using
the auto fade pen. Rotate the hoop and trace another motif, as shown (figure
- Prepare your sewing
machine for free embroidery by lowering the feed teeth and putting the
spring needle or darning foot in place.
- Work the motifs
separately. Use a medium zigzag and with the dark blue thread on top and
on the bobbin, stitch over all lines, trapping the snippets of fabric
as you stitch. Work the zigzag stitching over each design line several
times to build up a good, dense line. Select straight stitch and stitch
over all zigzag stitches, and also run lines across the petal shapes,
ensuring that the stitching interconnects (see figure 2).
- Change the top reel to the pink variegated thread to zigzag over the inner petals and highlight as desired. Repeat on the second motif.
- Remove from hoop and cut away excess fabric, separating the two shapes.
- Bated-breath time! Pin each shape to a piece of polystyrene, ensuring that each petal is secure. Hold under gently running cold water until all dissolvable fabric has been removed. Leave pinned out until dry (normally overnight). Once the shapes are dry, remove from the polystyrene.
- Repeat until you have six dissolved shapes.
- Position three shapes along each end of your stole and pin in place.
- With feed teeth
up and standard foot in place, select a medium zigzag stitch.
- Using dark blue thread and zigzag stitch, attach the stitched motifs to the stole.
- Using the blue thread and a fine needle, apply beads as suggested in figure 3.
- Choose colours to complement your wardrobe.
- Use a single stitched motif to embellish an evening bag or create a hair accessory.
- Add more or fewer beads, as required
- Create your own motif. Pieces of lace or lace-making patterns are a good source of inspiration.