The FSL Battenberg Paisley Lace Hat is a set of three designs for the large (5" x 7") hoop.
The finished size of the hat is for a lady with hat size 22 3/4" - 23 1/4" (58-59 cm).
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 Free-Standing Lace embroidery.
Threads: The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. That is why we recommend to use cotton thread both in the bobbin and in the needle. Cotton gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made.
Embroidery polyester thread will make very fine weblike lace and is not very good for the project.
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 watersoluble mesh. We do not recommend it for this project.
You can use 40-, 50- or even 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 50- or 60-weight cotton in the bobbin.
We used Signature machine quilting cotton thread both in the needle and in the bobbin, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.
Needles: We used 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.
Embroider the files 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B two times each. These parts are for the hat's top.
Embroider the file 3 eight times. These parts are for the brim.
Rinse the stabilizer and leave to air dry.
Press all parts with steam.
First assemble the top. On your working table, lay out the designs in accordance with the diagram.
Manually, join the parts of the hat's top in the places marked in red. Use the same thread with which you made the embroidery.
After stitching the top should look like this:
Now in the same way - manually, using the same thread with which you made the embroidery, connect the brim parts to each other to make the brim.
At last join the brim and the top. You can do this either manually or with the zig-zag stitch on your machine (we used the machine) .
Use the same thread with which you made the embroidery.