Some points to remember from the General Guidelines:
Use Vilene water soluble stabilizer;
Use the same thread for the upper and bobbin to get two-sided embroidery.
DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
Here are instructions on how to make two doilies using the FSL Flowers and Bows Corner Set.
You will need a 23" x 23" piece of cotton or linen fabric, Vilene water soluble stabilizer, and embroidery threads. We use 40-weight embroidery polyester.
The finished size of the first doily is 23 1/2" x 23 1/2".
Step One: To make one corner part, you'll have to embroider each design of the set once. So to make this doily, embroider each design four times.
Use 2 layers of Vilene-type water-soluble stabilizer. To get 2-sided embroidery, use the thread of the same color for both the needle and bobbin. Rinse the stabilizer and leave to air dry.
Impotant Note: It's very important to use as small a hoop as possible. E.g. if your design is for a small hoop, use the small hoop, not the large one; if your design is for a large hoop, use large, not mega. Do not try to embroider several freestanding lace designs in one hoop. This is because all water-soluble stabilizers stretch, and in a bigger hoop, it's going to stretch more. This can lead to the design falling apart after the stabilizer is dissolved. It's always better to embroider one part at a time.
Step Two: Press all parts with steam. On your working table, lay out the designs as shown on the picture below. Thread a needle with the same thread that you used for the embroidery and stitch together the parts in the places where the parts touch each other (shown in red).You will get a lace corner. We did it manually, it's also possible to do at leat part of the work on your sewing machine..
Step Three: Make four corners. Place them on an even surface and stitch the tips where the corners touch, together. Use the same thread that you used for the embroidery. This has to be done manually. You will get a lace frame.
Step Four: Place the lace frame over the fabric. Secure in place with pins.
Step Five: Thread your machine with the threads you used for embroidery and, using short but NOT dense zigzag, stitch along the inner edge of the lace frame, shown in red.
Step Five: Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut away the excess fabric from under the lace.
Step Six: Return to your machine and using a very dense zigzag, of the same width as the lace edge, stitch along the edge of the fabric. Continue to use the same thread with which you embroidered the design.
We made the second doily, using only one part from the FSL Flowers and Bows Corner Set.
The finished size of this doily is 14". You will also need water-soluble Vilene, a 10" x 10" piece of cotton or linnen fabric and embroidery threads. We use 40-weight embroidery polyester.
We embroidered this part eight times and stitched them together manually. Otherwise the procedure is the same as described above.
We hope that you liked the FSL Paisley Corner Set and the possibilities it presents.