That was true, until I did a bit of online digging, and discovered there were things I adored made from free standing lace.
You may remember the top I made for our little god-daughter using a hand crocheted doily..
I am not alone. Go have a look at the great pics Laura from Dishfunctional Designs (how cool is her blog name!?) collected from various blogs - all using lace doilies here
Well, it turns out - all these things can be digitized & stitched out on an embroidery machine!!
Have a look at these items I found (all digitized for an embroidery machine):
all from Urban Threads.com