Evenfall Lace – Making Machine Embroidery Magic

I know I’m always excited to share new series with you, but this one is one we’ve been working on for awhile, and it’s something very special to us. Today we’re introducing our exquisite new series Evenfall Lace.

Usually as part of our Lab projects, I collaborate with a fellow designer to bring machine embroidery to life by combining it with something else… gothic gowns, blazers, even chairs. With this series, I wanted to show that machine embroidery is something totally magical all on its own. We know that it can be impressive when used with couture creations, but its beauty and potential really shine when stunning creations can be achieved by all kinds of machine stitchers and without the assistance of anything else at all. The magic of downloading a digital file and bringing a delicate lace creation to life straight from your machine is what reminds me that machine embroidery really is amazing.

And pure magic…

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This new Evenfall Lace series is a collection of seven freestanding lace designs, all carefully designed to work in all size hoops. These pieces range from simple things like butterflies and feathers to more complex designs that make full chokers and masks.

The word “evenfall” is another word for twilight, and represents that moment in the day when things hang in a beautiful balance of transition, even just for a moment. The themes of the lace are all natural motifs mixed with that hint of darkness that twilight brings. As it can be stitched in cotton, the lace itself can also be dyed to mimic that beautiful transition of dusk, and the results are absolutely enchanting.

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Simpler designs like feathers and butterflies are designed with a fusion of traditional and Battenburg lace styles, so they have both the weight and structure of traditional lace with some of the more delicate qualities of Battenburg.

Even better, we worked hard to design all these pieces so that some version of each designs works for all hoop sizes. Larger pieces, like the Evenfall mask, come in parts that are easily assembled after stitching. This way all designs can be stitched even with a 4″x4″ hoop, and you still get the stunning results of a larger piece of lace.

This flexibility also allows for some creativity in the construction. Don’t want an asymmetrical mask? Pick your favorite side and stitch its mirrored version for your second half. Basically, it’s three masks in one.

karrah kobus

karrah kobus

Chains and charms bring simple pieces like our choker and cuff to life with just simple embellishment. All it took were some jewelry pliers and some supplies from our local craft store. Other pieces like our cuff, above, just need the simple addition of ribbons or chains to  make it ready to wear.

karrah kobus

karrah kobus

Other pieces can have have life as multiple creations. This piece functions beautifully as a hair barrette with just the addition of a hair stick, but also makes a delicate lace cuff if you lace a bit of leather or ribbon through the sides and wear it on your wrist.

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Feathers become a multitude of things, from the simplicity of a single earring to a full size set of beautiful lace and feather wings. Wear them as charms on a necklace or use them to build elegant creations of your own.

karrah kobus

karrah kobus

Just because there are seven lace pieces doesn’t mean there are only seven things you can make. Scraps of fabric and multiples of our lace edging brought a chandelier to life, and we used a combination of our cuff design and parts of the choker to construct these delicate lace heels. A little glue and some stitches and you have a pair of one-of-a-kind shoes that could have walked straight off the runway. That is perhaps the real magic of this series… its potential to be all kinds of amazing things.

With this series, we hope to show that machine embroidery needs no other accessories, gowns or beautiful surfaces to live. It’s enchanting all on its own, with the right designs and a creative imagination.

With all the wizardry of modern technology, downloading a digital file that lets you create an endless collection of stunning and delicate lace accessories right out of your embroidery machine really feels a bit like magic.

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And when it ends up looking like this, it’s not hard to believe a little magic is possible.

Grab the whole pack and get stitching for an amazing fall season, and check out our tutorial page to see how to create these magical pieces.

Want to see this collection in action? Watch our lookbook video of the Evenfall Lace series, and see how some of these pieces came together.

As with all these projects, none of it would have come together without some amazing help. All photos where marked were shot by the amazing Karrah Kobus, styling done by our usual style guru Sara Capers, and the video was shot and edited by Mike Ross.


This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.
Check out our other projects by searching for the UT Lab tag.
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35 Responses to “Evenfall Lace – Making Machine Embroidery Magic”

  1. 1
    Christine says:

    The designs look great! I’m especially in love with the butterfly. Is there any chance to get the design or similar for hand stitchers? I don’t have a embroidery machine nor know anybody who does.

    • Niamh says:

      I’m afraid this technique is really intended for machine. We don’t really have a good way of sharing how to construct 3D handmade lace with a pattern. I bet there are lots of machine folks on Etsy who would love to stitch them for you though!

      • Christine says:

        Thank you for your reply. I guess if I really want to do the butterfly, I’ll take the picture from the shop, trace it onto thin paper (hoping to get all the swirls right) and then use it as a normal embroidery pattern. Would that be ok if I do it that way? (I would credit you as the source)

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    missy k says:

    Awesome! I love it!

  3. 3

    I am in love!!!!!!!!! these are beautiful……where is a good place to get the thread for them???

    • Niamh says:

      Most craft stores that carry machine embroidery thread will have cotton thread too! If not they’re available lots of places online.

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    Miriam Montag says:

    These designs are very special, I love them all. I am a great fan of your designs. Thank you, you are so creativ.

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    Ginger Schottler says:

    What amazing designs, designers, photography! You talents are amazing!

  6. 6
    Annick says:

    Just… beautiful !WAAAOOOOOUUUUUWWWWW

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    Carol says:

    What thread did you use to get the gradation in color, or did you hand dye these pieces? Very lovely!

    • Niamh says:

      The pieces are all dyed by hand. You can see a bit of the process in the video at the bottom, or check out our tutorial!

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    Jaquelyn says:


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    Yvonne Johnson says:

    I love these . You said cotton thread why cotton . I have a singer will it embroidery with cotton .

    • Niamh says:

      Cotton is used to hold the structure of the delicate lace together. It’s also what let’s you dye the lace. All embroidery machines can embroider with cotton thread!

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    giliell says:

    Yay, already started stitching. Since it’s weekend and I couldn’t go out to buy cotton thread I just used my cotton sewing thread (Sy from Ikea) and it worked just fine. I was expecting lots of thread breaks and frustration but I had like one in the hair barrette and three feathers…

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    ira lee says:

    wow- that was so beautiful!!! i loved every part of the video! i wanna live in the forest with her!!

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    Cherrylmaree says:

    WOW!!!just when I think I’m getting to understand what machine embroidery will do….you come up with something extra-ordinary to challenge us. These designs are awe-inspiring and the video presentation is transfixing. Incredible work!!

  13. 13
    Angela says:

    I’m blown away, it is so inspiring!!
    Amazing work!!

  14. 14
    bubbieone says:

    TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!

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    Cheri Hill says:

    Truely beautiful designs, my 14 yr old granddaughter would like to embroider all of them. Where can we purchase the designs?

  16. 16
    Claudia says:

    Oh my goddess! Thank you for these great pictures. Awesome!

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    Connie Rae says:

    This set is beautiful and sooo unusual. Bravo!

  18. 18
    Susan says:

    I love the Lace and creativity. I want to be young again. Where did you get the lace?

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    Gabriella says:

    Very, very nice project. Can I reproduce those files with Husqvarna Diamond machine? Thanks.

  20. 20
    Lisa says:

    What Fabric are you actually sewing the lace onto?

    • Niamh says:

      It’s stitched into water soluble stabilizer, which is then dissolved, leaving only the stitched lace behind.

  21. 21
    apple says:

    Hi there!
    Where can I get/download these designs? plsssssss….. pls .. I love them!!!!! 🙂

  22. 22
    Surya says:

    love it !!!

  23. 23
    Mary says:

    Great concept and video!

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    Norma Sculte says:

    eifach fantastisch…schade, das ich so alt bin..

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    Christina L says:

    I love it very cool costume lots of flair and detail. I would defenitly buy it right away for next year gorgeous.

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