The FSL Crochet Pineapple Bowl and Doily is a set of three machine embroidery designs for a 4" x 4" hoop. The designs should be embroidered as we recommend in our tutorial - General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs.
Some points to remember from the General Guidelines:
Use Vilene water soluble stabilizer;
Use cotton thread;
Use the same thread for the needle and bobbin.
DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
Make sure you use a sharp needle.
Step One: To make the doily, embroider the panel eight times and the doily's centeral part once. Do not dissolve the stabilizer. Trim the stabilizer, leaving at least 1/4" around each design.
Step Two: The Step-by-Step Guide to Assembling crochet-style FSL Designs into a Project might be very helpful.
Lay out the FSL parts around the central part and start stitching. Treat the Vilene like fabric. Fold it and, using zigzag, stitch the FSL parts to each other. Use a short but not very dense zigzag stitch. You can do this either on your machine or manually.
Step Three: You can now go ahead and dissolve the water-soluble stabilizer. Place the doily into a bowl of warm water and change the water several times. So that the doily dries evenly, spread it on a flat surface and let it air dry. Then press with steam, if needed.
Step Four: To make the bowl, embroider the panel part seven times and the central bowl part once. As with the doily, trim the stabilizer, leaving at least 1/4" around each design. Do not dissolve the stabilizer.
Step Five: Treating the stabilizer like fabric, fold it, and using a zig-zag stitch and the same thread that you used for the embroidery, attach the panels to each other, leaving the last seam open.
Step Six: Dissolve the stabilizer by placing the embroidery (including the bowl's bottom) into a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Don't change the water and don't let the pieces soak too long: we want the bowl to be much stiffer than the doily. So that the bowl dries evenly, spread it on a flat surface and let it air dry.
Then attach the panels to the bowl's bottom. At the end, stitch the last panel seam. This can be done either on your sewing machine or manually.