For the applique part you will need either cotton or linen fabric, and rayon embroidery threads. You will also need water-soluble Vilene stabilizer and 50- or 60-weight cotton embroidery threads. For this project we used Signature machine quilting thread. The finished size of our doily is about 15" x 15".
First, we are going to make a test stitch-out of the parts. The crochet part of the set is embroidered in accordance with the rules described in General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs. Please read the guide, because you might find it helpful.
The procedure to embroider the applique is described below.
Step One: To embroider one part, hoop a piece of water-soluble Vilene stabilizer. Thread the machine with cotton threads (the same thread should be used both for the needle and in the bobbin). Start embroidering. The machine will stitch a square and stop.
Step Two: Cut a piece of fabric measuring about 5 1/2"x5 1/2". Place the fabric piece right in the center of the hoop over the embroidered square and pin it to the stabilizer as shown.
Step Two: Start the machine again, it will stitch around the square again and stop.
Step Three: WITHOUT taking the working piece out of the hoop, cut away the excess fabric as close to the stitch as possible. Be careful not to cut the stabilizer.
Return the hoop to the machine and finish the crochet part of the embroidery. It should look like this:
Step Four: For the cross-stitch embroidery, change the thread. We recommend to use embroidery rayon in the needle and your regular bobbin thread in the bobbin. Return the hoop into the machine and finish the embroidery.
Step Five: Cut away the excess stabilizer and rinse the stabilizer from the embroidered piece. To do this, place it in a bowl with warm water for about an hour. Change the water several times. Spread evenly to air dry.
It's also possible to make squares with crochet lace, but without the butterfly embroidery in the middle of it. If you use patterned fabric you can get very interesting results.
Step Six: Check over the first 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.
Note: The stabilizer should be washed away. Until the stabilizer is washed away you will not be able to see whether the design is sewn correctly.
For this small doily you'll need 4 crochet parts and 5 applique parts. When you're sure about the choice of thread, needles, fabric and the settings of the machine, embroider all the parts.
Cut away the excess stabilizer, as close to the embroidery as possible. Wash away the stabilizer, spread the parts evenly on a cloth to air dry. Press with steam, if needed.
Using the same thread with which you made the embroidery, manually stitch the parts together in the places where the edge lace tips meet.
This sample was embroidered on 14-count Aida. Cotton threads were used both for the crochet and for the butterfly embroidery.
|FSL Crochet Appliqué Set for Small Hoop