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FSL Hibiscus Doilies

The FSL Hibiscus Table Set is a set of five freestanding lace machine ermbroidery designs
The parts of the set are embroidered in the same way as our FSL ornaments, so please read the General Guidelines first.

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.

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.

You will need Vilene water soluble stabilizer, embroidery threads and a 10" x 10" piece of linen fabric. You can also use 14-count linen Aida. The finished size of the square doily is about 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" and of the round doily is about 16" in diameter.

Step One: To make the square doily, embroider files "leaf1" through "leaf5". Use 2 layers of Vilene-type water-soluble stabilizer. To get 2-sided embroidery, use thread of the same color for both the needle and bobbin.
Dissolve the stabilizer and leave the parts to air dry.

Step Two: Press all parts with steam. On your working table, lay out the designs as shown on the above picture. Thread a needle with the same thread that you used for the embroidery and stitch together in the places marked with red. You can do this either manually or on your machine.

Step Three: To make the round doily, embroider the "leaf" file eight times.
Use 2 layers of Vilene-type water-soluble stabilizer. To get 2-sided embroidery, use thread of the same color for both the needle and bobbin. Rinse the stabilizer and leave to air dry.

Step Four: Press all parts with steam. On your working table, lay out the designs as shown on the above picture. Thread a needle with the same thread that you used for the embroidery and stitch together the parts in the places marked with red. You can do this either manually or on your machine. You will get a lace frame.

Step Five: Place the lace frame over the fabric. Secure in place with pins.
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.

Step Six: Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut away the excess fabric from under the lace.
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.

The doilies are ready. Enjoy!

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