You will need a 23" x 23" piece of cotton or linen fabric (we used heavy-weight linen), water-soluble Vilene stabilizer, 40-weight rayon embroidery thread and 50-weight cotton embroidery thread for the lace (we used Pacesetter 100% cotton thread).
Step One: We'll embroider the edge lace first. Our General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs might be helpful. Please read it before starting your work.
The Rose Border Crochet FSL Set.consists of 6 patterns. Embroider the corner designs (5 and 6 on the diagram) four times each.
For each side embroider part 4 two times and part 2 once.
Trim the stabilizer close to the designs, leaving at least 3/4" around each design. DO NOT dissolve the stabilizer yet.
At this point, please also read the Step-by-Step Guide to Assembling Crochet-Style FSL Designs into a Project first.
Step Three: Lay out the FSL patterns to make a square lace frame - four corners and three border parts between each corner. Machine-stitch them together, using narrow but not very dense zigzag. Use the SAME thread with which you embroidered the lace.
Step Four: Place the lace frame over the fabric and, using the paper print-outs of the designs, mark the places for the embroidery. Remove the lace frame and do the embroidery. Do not forget to stabilize the fabric. Use 2-3 layers of any water soluble stabilizer.
Step Five: Place the lace frame over the embroidered insert. Align so that the embroidery is centered within the frame. Secure the lace with pins. Using short and dense zigzag, stitch the lace square frame to the fabric. Use the SAME thread with which you embroidered the lace.
Cut away the excess fabric from under the lace.
Step Four: You can now go ahead and dissolve the water-soluble stabilizer. Place the doily into a bowl of warm water. Change the water several times. So that the doily dries evenly, spread it on a flat surface and let it air dry. Then iron with steam.