Master class on guilloche

Guilloche is a rather new form of needlework, which is nothing other than the technique of burning out on a cloth. She appeared only in the 80-ies of the last century, nevertheless is already quite popular!

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Guilloche is a technique of the burn pattern. It is done using a special apparatus. Often mistresses burn on silk or any other synthetic fabrics. The fact is that working with natural will not work, the fabric needs to melt, but not burn.

The possibilities that open up before those who have mastered this technique are very large. You can create a decorative pattern using the application. You can do with your hands laced napkins, cards, decorating notebooks, clothing, collars, scarves and so on.

What you need to know to master the technique of guilloche

Before you start to work with the finished product, you must know that for beginners this type of craft can seem daunting. So experiment on the flap of the same fabric.

To master guilloche dial, you will need a device for burning. Also work with other tools: scissors, tweezers, an album with dense layers of paper, sandpaper for cleaning the needles in the process.

You will find various schemes for creation of drawings, from which you can choose what you like. Keep in mind that for this technique, burning you must be very accuracy and clarity of the ornament.

Master class on guilloche

If you want to learn this technique, you will benefit from the master class in guilloche.

Before starting, you will need to choose a suitable sketch. If you want to draw it yourself, it is advisable for a basis to take the cardboard.


Pick a synthetic fabric, which can be melted and translucent. Carefully iron it, fold in half, attach to the edges of the cardboard where the drawn diagram for the guilloche.

Get a special copy table with lighting, which are usually used by the artists. In essence, it is a glass box with a frosted glass surface, inside of which is built the lamp.

With the help of this table you can proceed to the burning of tissue. To do this, put on the glass surface illuminated sketch, and his cloth. To start working you need to be from the middle of the product, this will avoid bias in the future.

Take the burner, turn it on in the network. For beginners, the guilloche can be very complicated, do not forget to check the readiness of the needle to work on a piece of tissue. Make a test cuts and set the desired temperature level using the voltage regulator.

During operation, keep the burner so that the tip of the needle was directly perpendicular to the glass. Lightly touching the needle to the fabric, do the through-slot. Moving the needle, pull the fabric on the place where you make the cut.

In the process of burning pattern on the hot needle will remain, a layer of molten fabric. Because of this, the width of the incision will become each time more, and the quality of work will deteriorate. So don't forget to watch the tip of the needle, periodically clean it with emery paper, a piece of natural fabric or a blade.

By learning this technique you will be able to carry out the following processes:

  • cutting fabric with a solid line;
  • burning small holes;
  • the formation of incisions of different sizes;
  • the formation of points of any size;
  • soldering several layers of fabric using the elements of the pattern;
  • create items for decoration, among which are obalka, beads;
  • edging products "teeth" and "scallops".

It is also possible to connect the elements of the fabric "openwork".

This can be done in two ways:

  • Contour lines of several layers of fabric are burned at the same time. Along the formed lines of incision of the formation of a dense weld.
  • "Spot welding". With a needle are light touches to a few layers of cloth so that in the place where you touch, the fabric melted, but it was not through holes.

Using these two methods can produce different products: wipes, clothes collar, lace trimming, decorative handkerchiefs, and even patterns created by the guilloche. Believe me, using this technique you can make a lot of interesting things.

Guilloche is a difficult craft, but it is worth it to learn!