The finished size of the table topper is about 19" x 19".
You will need nine 4" x 4" squares of cotton fabric, water-soluble Vilene stabilizer, and 40-, 50- or 60-weight white cotton embroidery threads. For this project we used Signature machine quilting cotton thread. The thinner the thread, the finer the finished lace will be.
Step One: Check over the test 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 test stitch-out should be washed. Until the stabilizer is washed away you cannot see whether it is sewn correctly.
For this table-topper you will need to embroider part1 nine times, part2 four times and part3 eight times.
Step Two: To embroider one square part (part1), 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 the bobbin). Start embroidering. The machine will stitch a square and stop.
Step Three: Place a square of fabric measuring about 4" x 4" right in the center of the hoop over the embroidered square and pin it to the stabilizer as shown.
Step Four: Start the machine again, it will stitch around the square again and stop.
Step Five: 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 Six: Embroider the parts of the edge lace. Embroider part 2 four times and part3 eight times.
Step Seven: Dissolve the stabilizer in warm water. In order to make the lace soft, leave the parts in a bowl of warm water for an hour or so. Change the water several times. Never use hot water. Spread each part on a flat surface to air dry. Press with steam.
Using the motifs in different combinations you can make a doilly a table runner, or any other table linen item.