For this doily, you will need twenty-four 2" x 4" pieces of cotton fabric, water-soluble Vilene stabilizer and 40-, 50- or 60-weight cotton embroidery threads. For this project we used Signature machine quilting thread.
It's very important to make a test stitch-out. Make sure to wash away the stabilizer. Until the stabilizer is washed away you will not be able to see whether the embroidery is sewn correctly.
Check over the stitch-out; if you are satisfied with it, you can proceed with your work. If you are not satisfied, you might need to change any of the following: the choice of threads, needles, fabric or the settings of the machine. Do not proceed with your work until you are satisfied with the test stitch-out.
Please read our General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs; this might be helpful.
Some points to remember from the General Guidelines:
Use Vilene water soluble stabilizer;
Use cotton embroidery threads;
Use the same thread for the needle and the bobbin;
DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
Step One: To embroider one applique part, hoop the stabilizer and start embroidering. The machine will stitch out a diamond and stop. Place a fabric piece right over the embroidered diamond and start the machine.
The machine will embroider a diamond over the fabric and stop. WITHOUT taking the working piece out of the hoop, cut away the excess fabric as close to the stitching as possible. Be careful not to cut the stabilizer. Return the hoop into the machine and start it.
The machine will embroider the crochet part and stop.
For this doily you will need 24 applique parts. DO NOT dissolve the stabilizer at this point.
Step Two: Assemble the doily according to the diagram below. To do this, cut away the excess stabilizer, leaving about 1/2" around each diamond part. Thread your sewing machine with the same thread with which you made the embroidery. Use the same thread both in the bobbin and in the needle.
With the helpd of a zig-zag join the first eight parts (1 through 8) into a star.
Then join the remaining 16 parts into pairs (9 - 9a through 16 - 16a).
Attach the pairs to the star.
Step Three: Rinse the stabilizer. To do this, place the doily in a bowl of warm water for about an hour. Change the water several times. Spread evenly on a towel to air dry. Press with steam.