Showing posts with label Lace Conversions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lace Conversions. Show all posts

Monday, July 11, 2011

Parchment Craft - Gypsy Collection

Oh oh, it's been nearly a full month since my last post and it's surely way past time for a new one :))  I have finished the second (actually the third!!) of the Gypsy Collection and here it is.  Not quite as 'eye catching' as the first one, nevertheless, it has it's own merits and it is a very definite part of their culture :))

 The Shawl - Gypsy Collection

Now, I made another one quite awhile ago that is also a part of this collection and I'll share that one now, as well......I had forgotten about it when I wrote my last post....oops!!!

 A New Life - Gypsy Collection
So, we now have three lovely gypsy ladies, each representing something that's part of their daily lives and culture.  The next installment of this collection will come along sometime soon.....in between all those other things I'm always challenging myself to do!!

Happy Parching,


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More.....Bobbin Lace To Parchment Craft

Well let's see.....I have my "Sampler Challenge" done so while all you beautiful people are busy making your "Sampler" I thought I'd make a return visit to another of my favorite things to convert to parchment craft.....all the 'thread laces'.

We have (amongst others) crochet, tatting, filet crochet, bobbin lace, Russian lace to name only a few.  This A4 Wall Decoration is a conversion from bobbin lace and I truly find much pleasure in making these projects.  They make perfect wall decorations and quite often you can make a very nice 'collection' of pieces that all are similar to one another.  There will be additions to this "Gypsy Woman" piece and when I have all of them done it will be a very nice "Gypsy" themed collection!!

"Gypsy Woman" - A4 Wall Decoration  
I'm not going to say how many pieces there will be in the "Gypsy" collection, but I will say there will be quite a few, so stay tuned because I'll be sharing them (in between other projects, of course!!) over the next weeks/months :))

Happy Parching,
 


Friday, March 4, 2011

One More Time.....For Lace Conversions!!

I've had several readers contact me asking for a more specific mini tutorial on the last post with the three vintage ladies.  I'm always happy to oblige (whenever I can, that is!!) and the problem appears to be this:  "How do we know how to follow one specific "lace thread" when we're making the lace on the project?"  I believe the best way I can answer that question is to provide an image with each "lace thread" in  one section of the gown, in a different color so you can follow it visually and hopefully that will help  better understand what I am instructing when I say follow one "lace thread" from beginning to end, in one section at a time!!


























 
























Okay, click your mouse on each step, to enlarge it a bit, so you can see the different colors for the different "lace threads".  Until you get the hang of things, you will have to look very closely, in the sample I've created, for the color of each step.  Now, I have only provided the sample for one section of the gown but once you understand the process/theory behind lace conversions you will easily be able to proceed on to the other sections of the gown, the bodice and the sleeves.  The color "lace thread" you will be looking for in each step is the color of the step number!!  (Step 1.....Step 2.....Step 3.....Step 4)

My suggestion, until you get the 'feel' of things, is to take a piece of scrap parchment paper and practice a couple of times on that.  Do the four practice steps SLOWLY and you should be ready to tackle the 'real' project after that :))  The one thing to always remember when making a lace conversion to parchment is:  you only really need the image OUTLINE (Step 1) because from there you create your own "lace threads" in any manner you choose, however, you must always remember to make only one complete "lace thread" at a time, from beginning to end, and then move on to the next "lace thread".  When all the 'lace' has been completed, the remainder of the project can be completed according to the pattern.

I hope I've done a better job with this breakdown and more specific explanation for those  who have had difficulty making the pattern I provided in the previous post.  As always.....if you have questions.....contact me :)) 

Happy Parching,


Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Return to Lace Conversions

Hi everyone,

I have been away from my duties here on my blog a wee bit longer than I had planned but you'll soon see why!!! It seems the lace conversions to parchment craft have become the highest ranked post so we'll spend a little time with that topic once again this time around :))



Now, these three large wall decorations are a set and each project is a FULL A4 sheet of parchment paper!!!  When hung properly on the wall, the two outside Victorian ladies are facing toward the center lady, who is facing forward.  Each of the borders is based upon the very same foundation design but is completed very different from each of the other two. 

First of all, let me say any pattern/design can easily be made to have a "thread lace" look to it!!  After all, our beloved art/craft is often called "paper lace". When you find  parchment patterns of Vintage ladies (or if you already have a stash of them!!) that require lots of grid work on the gown areas.....simply convert those instructions to the "lace work embossing" that make gowns look like fabric lace!!  That's all there is to it.......REALLY :)) 

Well now, you say.....how in the world do we do that??  We're not designers!!  You don't have to be a designer.....all you need to know is how to do something on the foundation pattern other than what the original instructions tell you to do.  Having said that, let's get down to business and put the words to task!!!

Here is the pattern we will be working with.  As you can see, it is one of the ladies in my collection above!!  Simply click on the image and save it to a place you can easily find it again on your computer.   Please bear in mind that most times when converting from one craft technique to another, it is usually wise to make the conversion into a wall decoration project and when printing out the pattern always make the LARGER of the two dimensions between 8 - 9 inches....in this case you will want the height of the lady to be between 8 and 9 inches.  This will leave enough room all around the pattern itself for a border/frame....as I have done with my ladies above.  Of course, you can also simply make the Victorian lady and mount it on a quality backing paper and frame it by itself and not even have to be concerned with a border.  The other option you have is to make a half fold card (8.5 x 5.5 inches) and for this you would want to print your pattern out at approximately 7.5 X 3.5 inches and this would allow for enough room for a border of your choosing. 

Now, let's concentrate on the wall decoration size first.  Print the pattern out at the dimensions stated above.  Then wipe down both sides of your parchment paper with a tumble dryer sheet. and set aside.  Now is the time for you to decide if you want to make a border on your project.  If you do, you will need to make all the necessary adjustments in it's width and length to accommodate the full A4 size of your lady.  This may be a task you might want to attempt on later on because it can become a frustrating challenge!!  However, for those who do want to put a border on this time, there are two ways to do that.  You can either make a freestanding border and attach it seperately, or.....it can be made as one solid piece, attached to the lady, as I have made mine.  Either way, it will most definitely be a challenge.  Next,secure the pattern to the parchment paper with low tack tape to secure everything together for easier tracing.  Using your preferred method of tracing, carefully and very slowly, trace the pattern to the parchment paper......including the border, if you have chosen to include one of your choice.  **TIP:  While tracing, do not wander all around the pattern.  Trace all your "outline" lines and then move to the inside areas and follow the direction on ONE particular "lace thread" until it ends.  Begin again on another "lace thread" and follow it to it's end. and so forth until your tracing is complete.  Remember to do the very same technique when you begin embossing**  The tools required for this particular project are various sizes of embossing ball tools, 2 needle perforating tool and scissors/snips.  When the tracing is complete, remove parchment paper from the pattern, flip parchment over, place on embossing mat and with the appropriate size embossing ball tool, emboss the outline lines ONLY.  These are the lines that are going to be cut later in the process so depending on how wide you prefer those lines be for your cutting, is the size embossing tool you will use.  The "lace thread" lines will be made next with a smaller size embossing ball tool and will NOT be cut.  **Refer to the completed lady at the top of this post for a visual of these instructions**  Okay, for those of you who really, really like a challenge......the "lace thread" areas may be cut with a good quality scalpel if you so desire, however, although I love a good challenge, even I will forgo that one!!!!!  As you can easily see now, converting a thread lace pattern to parchment is totally embossing and your embossing ball tools (all sizes) will always get a very thorough work out :))  When all the various size embossing is complete it is then time for the perforating (with the two needle perforating tool) and cutting (with the scissors or snips).  When you begin the cutting, I strongly advise beginning with the border (if you are using one) and work your way toward the project center.  As with most things in parchment craft, take your time with the cutting as there will be bridges that will be thin and very fragile.  For those who choose not to have a border around the lady.....I advise cutting from the inside out....again working slowly on the bridges so they do not break.

For everyone who simply wants to give this conversion technique a try on a half fold card, everything is the same process EXCEPT the size you print the pattern out for the tracing.  Refer to the measurements given earlier and proceed!!  

If you have questions, feel free to contact me :))

Happy Parching.....


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Parchment Craft - Bobbin Lace Conversion

Hello everyone,

It's been a short while since I've posted....and I think everyone has had their fill of Christmas in July so I'm ready to move along.  Anyone wishing to send a project created with any of the Christmas images can still do so and I will add your work to the collection for readers to enjoy.

It's been several months since I made my first attempt at converting lace to parchment paper. 
You can see a few of my Vintage Borders on my web site.  Although converting a crocheted lace pattern to something workable on parchment paper is a bit intimidating I was determined to figure out how to make it work!!  Well, only three of all the border designs I made were good enough to upload to the web site, but the lessons learned would come in handy in the future!!

After seeing some drop dead gorgeous lace conversions  to parchment recently by Bruno Piechota I had to give this another try...but on a bit larger scale!!  I had seen some bobbin lace works a long time ago and I set out to relocate those sites once again. Click here to go to one of the sites and you will see the magnificent bobbin lace that will absolutely inspire you to try converting this ancient art form to parchment craft!!!  On the sidebar of the site are lots of links to members sites (all within this bobbin lace association) and see works by many, many others....some of which  have a pattern for bobbin lace that has the possibility to convert to parchment craft.

These are the two pieces I challenged myself to convert recently. They are both suitable for framing to an 8X10 inch photo frame (as shown) and make a very nice beginning to a collection of bobbin lace ladies converted to parchment craft!!  Of course, this technique is not limited to silhouettes of vintage ladies but they are what I chose to tackle first!!


Okay folks, here is a very basic bobbin lace pattern, along with a sample image, that I hope will inspire you enough to challenge yourselves to give this a try.  If you keep things simple the first time around then you shouldn't be tempted to not try at all because of difficulty.  Anyone wishing to challenge themselves to give this a try can send your works on to me (papercrazysplace@gmail.com) and I am happy to share with my readers!!  HINT:  Choose another deep color, other than black, to mount your work on, and see how different your work will look. 

Converting bobbin lace to parchment consists of lots of embossing and lots of cutting.....in other words, what we already know as parchment white work!!  We're simply using patterns for another craft....bobbin lace. 

Best wishes with this new challenge and don't forget to share what you have made with those who read this blog, but might need a wee bit of inspiration, from others  who are also trying this for the first time :))  Oh and HAVE FUN along the way!!!!

Hugs to all,
Vickie