The FSL Stars Table Topper and Bottle Decorations is a set of 7 freestanding lace machine ermbroidery designs.
The FSL parts 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.
You will need Vilene water soluble stabilizer, embroidery threads and a 32" x 32" piece of linen fabric. The finished size of the table topper is about 29" x 29".
Step One: To make bottle decorations, embroider the designs that consist of bells at the end of a strip and a star at the end of a strip. Embroider each file twice. Dissolve the stabilizer and leave to air dry. Press with steam and stitch the ribbon parts together into a long ribbon. Tie onto a bottle.
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 a small hoop, not a 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: To make the table topper, embroider the largest and the smallest stars six times each, the star of the middle size 12 times and each of the connectors 12 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. Then press with steam.
Step Three: Assemble the stars and connectors into a large star frame as shown on the pictures below. Using short and dense zigzag, and the same thread with which you made the embroidery, join all the parts in the places marked with red.
Step Three: Place the lace frame over the piece of 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 panels, shown in red.
Step Four: 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.