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FSL Tulip Doily

FSL Tulip Doily is a set of 2 Freestanding Lace Machine Embroidery Designs.
The parts of the Tulip 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.

Here are the instructions on how to make this doily using the Tulip Doily Set
You will need Vilene water soluble stabilizer, embroidery threads, and an 8" x 8" piece of linen fabric. The finished size of the doily is about 15" in diameter.

Step One: Embroider part 1, the tulip panels, six times, and part 2, a ring, one time.
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.

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 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 blue. You will get a lace frame. This has to be done manually. When the frame is ready, put it aside.

Step Three: Take part 2, the ring, and place it in the center of your 8" x 8" fabric piece. Thread your machine with the threads you used for embroidery and, using short but NOT dense zigzag, stitch along both circles of the ring as shown in pictures below:

Thread your machine with the threads you used for embroidery and, using short but NOT dense zigzag, stitch along both circles of the ring as shown in picture.
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.

Step Four: Now take the lace frame...

and pin it onto the fabric around the first circle.
Thread your machine with the threads you used for embroidery and, using short but NOT dense zigzag, stitch along the inner edge to secure the lace.
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 doily is ready. Enjoy!

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