Double Gauze Double Gauze Double Double Double Gauze...
|double gauze + metallic = charms by ellen luckett baker|
|Cosmo Tex Panda spot double gauze|
|Little letters by Nani Iro - Naomi Ito is probably double gauze royalty...|
So what is double gauze? It's a question we get asked a lot, and I thought it would be easiest to tell you all at once. As it’s name suggests, it’s two layers of soft gauze. These layers are stitched together at regular intervals. Gauze is a fine, open-weave fabric, with a soft drape, but often quite sheer.
|two fine layers stitched together|
|see the indentations of the tiny stitches?|
How to stitch with double gauze?
We recommend lengthening your stitch length just a little (this is just a suggestion, by no means necessary), and if making clothing, finish your seams, because of the extra fraying.
Don't be afraid to mix and match with other fabrics - previously in clothing we’ve mixed with knits, and in quilts we’ve mix and matched with cotton poplins and even linens - in fact, you can see this picture of a quilt I took at quilt market back in October, which was made with Ellen Luckett Baker’s ‘Charms’, a collection consisting of linen blends and double gauzes. (We really love this collection, with its lovely metallic gold touches and pops of bright colours - double gauze and metallics - swoon!)
Once you’ve finished, we recommend washing on a gentle cycle, and drying on the line. We’d recommend pre-washing too.
But what to stitch with double gauze?
The question really should be: what not to stitch with double gauze? For quilts, it’s snuggly, cuddly, cosy and, once quilted is characterised often by a slightly wrinkled effect, which looks and feels oh so very soft. Here's a great lap quilt tutorial from the purl bee:
and for something more complex, check this one out at Fancy Tiger Crafts.It's great for baby projects, rompers, dresses, and swaddling cloths... little girls dresses - check out this *adorable* dress:
|image courtesy of olive bunny|
pompom scarf project a couple of years back: