These are instructions on how to embroider and use the FSL Battenberg Lace Ring Bearer Cushion design. The design is meant to be used as a ringbearer's cushion, but you can also use it as a potpourri sachet or a window ornament. We include instructions for all these options.
To embroider this type of lace, please read our recommendations first.
Stabilizers: We recommend to use water-soluble mesh, such as Vilene. Vilene D0102 is a non woven dissolvable stabilizer which is imported into the US, is sold in large rolls and is sometimes repackaged under different brand names. Two of these brand names are Wash-Away and Aqua Magic.
Film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy, are not suitable for the project.
Threads: The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. That is why we recommend that at least one of the threads, either in the bobbin or in the needle, should be cotton, which gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made. Embroidery polyester thread will make very fine web-like lace.
Embroidery rayon thread is too soft, it does not keep its shape and very often its color fades under the influence of chemicals from the water-soluble mesh.
If you are using 50- or 60-weight cotton, you can use it both in the bobbin and in the needle. If you use 40-weight cotton thread for the needle, you can use regular polyester bobbin thread.
We used Signature machine quilting cotton thread, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.
To make the two-sided embroidery use the same thread, or thread of the same color, in the needle and in the bobbin.
Needles: We use size 80/12 embroidery needles and 80/12 metallic needles. Our experience shows that cotton thread used with metallic needles gives less lint. The needles should be sharp, so it's advisable to change them after every project.
Most Importantly: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out of the design and wash away the stabilizer. This helps you to select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly. DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
You will need fabric for the applique part, water soluble stabilizer and embroidery threads.
Step One: Hoop a layer of water soluble mesh. Place a piece of fabric for the applique over the hoop. Start embroidering. The machine will embroider the outline of the design and stop.
Step Two: Take the hoop from the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric outside the outline as shown on the picture.
Step Two: The next color will embroider the lace. Thread the needle and the bobbin with the threads of the desired color. Embroider the lace.
The last color will embroider the outline of the heart to disguise the edges of the fabric. You can choose a contrast or a matching thread.
Step Three: Rinse the stabilizer, spread the working piece neatly on a towel and leave to air dry.
Step Four: Adorn the pattern to your taste. You can stop here, if you want to use the design as an ornament.
To make a cushion or a sachet, embroider the file twice.
If you are making a sachet, use organza or any other semi-transparent fabric for the applique part.
Place the patterns wrong side to wrong side and pin together. Topstitch along the fabric edge of the pattern leaving on one side an oppening of about 2".
Through the opening, stuff the casing with batting to make a cushion, or with dry lavender, rose petals or any other dry aromatic plants to make a sachet.
(We chose lavender).
Topstitch the opening closed.