Hi! My mom asked for a fancy Doña lace hand fan. At my disposal are two lengths of black lace and a bamboo fan frame. The one for the main body is a yard long and 6 inches wide. The other is some kind of trimming i fished out of a bin at a local craft store, also a yard long and 2 inches thick.
Unfortunately, the main body lace is rectangular, whereas the fan would be a semi-circle.
I've never done this before and I wouldn't want to waste the lace by bungling it up.
Should I cut the lace into elongated triangles and jigsaw puzzle them into a curve? Or should I bend the lace to my will and force it into the curve of the fan?
I'm afraid that last idea might make it impossible to fold up the fan. The bamboo spokes are fairly tight at the base, where the lace would undoubtedly bunch up.
(I wish I could post pictures, but my phone is being a butt right now.)
Cut it like you would cut a circle skirt along the bias so you get more stretch and it lays flatly for you. Determine the length of your fan across the top and the length of it across the bottom and devide that number by 6.28. Fold your fabric accordingly and cut.
If you don't want to do that then I suggest cutting the lace into elongated triangles as you suggested.
Thanks for the suggestion. The bamboo spokes are 10 inches long. so the lace is gonna be in pieces. What do you reckon will work better, gluing it together or sewing?
If you wanted a nicer edging along the top and bottom, you could also glue a lace trim along the top+bottom. This would also prevent the bias-cut lace from stretching too much and getting damaged over time.
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