Using Laces and Trims

Using Laces and Trims

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Trimtex Company, Inc
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Additional Information



  • Guimpe & Passementerie
  • Pompom Fringe
  • Raschel Lace
  • Cluny Lace
  • Venice Lace
  • Eyelet
  • Twist Cord



Guimpe, or guipure, is a narrow flat braid or rounded cord of fabric trim. The pattern is held together by connecting threads called bars or brides. Its structure allows Guimpe to turn easily when trimming complex surfaces, so large patterns are a solid choice for trimming furniture. Miniature versions, in patterns like dainty triple star, daisy, and tiny dot, are delicate enough to embellish doll clothing. Passementerie is French for the elaborate trims, of applied braid, gold or silver cord, embroidery,colored silk or beads, including fringes and tassels. Modern passementerie includes the gold braid on military dress uniforms; fine home decor accents & drapery trims, couture apparel and wedding gowns.


Pompom fringe, also known as ball fringe, features small, evenly-spaced pompom balls. Pompom fringe adds a bright, cheery accent topillowcases, clothing, handbags and crafts. It also is a fun way to embellish a costume.


Originally lace was only made by hand, to be enjoyed almost exclusively by the very wealthy. Today, high-speed lace machines produce detailed Raschel warp-knit patterns, similar to those of the highly-prized handmade lace, at a price that everyone can afford, in easy-care polyester and nylon. Delicate, light and beautifully detailed with scallops and chain stitches, Raschel lace forms an alluring border on women's lingerie. It also provides delightful ornamentation for a skirt, blouse or decorative pillow.


Cluny bobbin laces are finely worked with lustrous heavy cotton thread in white or ivory. The pattern is traditionally an oval, wheel or paddle design. Cluny lace has a charming appearance whether it is gracing the hem of a garment, table runner or window treatment. There is no need to conceal any portion of this decorative lace, so it can be sewn or glued directly onto the face of your project.


Punto in Aria, stitch in the air! Venice lace is a needle lace constructed of many close stitches, for a heavy design with no background fabric. The lace was first produced in Venice, Italy during the 17th century. The pointed edges are from the old tradition. Rounded scallops show a later Spanish influence. With its rich history and grace, Venice lace is a wonderful choice for creating keepsakes. Use a Venetian Point lace to accent an elegant hankie for a bride-to-be. After the wedding it can be sewn into a christening cap.


Many decorative laces are made by weaving or knitting thread into an open pattern. Eyelet is one of the most common. It is recognized by its cutwork. Diamonds, squares, circles, floral and abstract patterns are popular. Eyelet is available in white, ivory and trendy colors. Use it on curtains, pillows, duvet covers and bedskirts. It also looks fine as an insert on on apparel. Ruffled eyelet is fun and flirty on camisoles and slips, especially when ribbon is laced through the eyelet beading.


Are you making a new bolo tie for your favorite Cub Scout? Do you want to decorate a costume for your little fairy princess? Twist cord trim has so many uses! It's been used as a decorative embellishment for years on apparel, jewelry, shoes, belts, handbags and home decor items. Some styles of twist cord have a sewing apron, or lip cord. The sewing apron is inserted between two layers of fabric being sewn, so only the twist cord is visible. Use this type of twist cord to trim pillows and slipcovers, or add an accent to apparel seams.