The FSL Battenberg Valentine Heart Doily for a large (5" x 7") hoop is one design which should be embroidered and assembled into a lacey doily as described below.
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.
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.
Step One: Hoop 2 layers of water soluble mesh stabilizer. Embroider the design with cotton embroidery threads. Embroider the file eight times. Use threads of the same color in the needle and in the bobbin.
Rinze the stabilizer, spread all parts neatly on a towel and leave to air dry.
Step Two: Assemble the designs manually.You will need a needle with a large ear and thread of a matching color. You can use the thread with which you made the embroidery. Cut a 10-12" long piece of the thread. Fold it in half and make the ends meet. Thread both ends in the needle. You will have a loop at one end and two thread ends on the other. When making the first stitch, insert the needle into the working piece and then move it through the loop. In this way you will secure the thread without making a knot. Join the parts by stitching the small loops in the lace in places marked in red.
The finished size of the doily is about 13 1/2" in diameter.