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From: mamagoose
Date: 05-24-2006, 10:53 PM (1 of 8)
What is that lace called that has the cording in it? I can't find a pic of it anywhere!
User: mamagoose
Member since: 01-26-2002
Total posts: 168
From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 05-24-2006, 11:33 PM (2 of 8)
Maybe Alencon Lace? The description in Bridal Couture by Susan Khalje says it has floral motifs that are outlined in cord. The laces in this book make me wish I wanted lace on my dress. Oh well! - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
Member since: 03-20-2006
Total posts: 222
From: mamagoose
Date: 05-25-2006, 08:39 AM (3 of 8)
I think it is alencon. The dresses we were looking at didn't have all the lacy background under the cording part like most I've pulled up on a search. More like this, but more daisy-like is what I'm looking for. It will go over chiffon.
User: mamagoose
Member since: 01-26-2002
Total posts: 168
From: mamagoose
Date: 05-25-2006, 08:57 AM (4 of 8)
After looking a bit more, that's definitely it. Re-embroidered Alencon lace. So, anyone know where I can get a lot cheap!!!??? She is wanting a smallish flower and to add "sprays" out from the center at one side of the waist. I had thought of hitting a thrift shop or two and removing lace from another dress, but what's the chance. The larger flowers seem to be more available on the dresses in the bridal shops.
User: mamagoose
Member since: 01-26-2002
Total posts: 168
From: Sew-Enchanting
Date: 05-25-2006, 03:05 PM (5 of 8)
You might be able to find a deal on ebay:

I've had success there before, but it's hard to find large amounts and very difficult to match patterns.

Or try

Or, one of my favorites, HouseFabric:

Any time I've dealth with HouseFabric I've been satisfied with their product. It's very good.

Good luck!
User: Sew-Enchanting
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 53
From: SummersEchos
Date: 05-25-2006, 04:00 PM (6 of 8)
Have you checked Hancocks or JoAnn's? I know they have (at least in my area) some of these laces or darn good reporductions of them? Just an idea cause I sure wouldn't want to pay those prices!

User: SummersEchos
Member since: 09-29-2004
Total posts: 884
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-25-2006, 05:50 PM (7 of 8)
Try .. They have everything and do a huge mail order business.. You can call their 800 number also, to check about swatches.. I think there is a small fee.. They are 25 miles away from me, so I go in person..
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: mamagoose
Date: 05-26-2006, 10:06 PM (8 of 8)
Thanks all, Mary Jo's sounds like a nice store, wish it was near me! (Sounds like a vacation destination.) JoAnns didn't have what we were looking for. Nearest Hancocks is going out of business. I found a phone number on the net and called Lace International, a fabric warehouse in California. A nice gentleman seemed to know just what I wanted and shipped out same day. He said it wasn't of French origin, but just as nice. The anticipation is going to make me crazy! I'll have to post pics (of course, if I like it) when it gets here. I wish I had all those hours I spent searching back for sewing, though. :sick:
User: mamagoose
Member since: 01-26-2002
Total posts: 168
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