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Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Cutwork

Cutwork lace is very versatile and has a large variety of uses, from decorating linen and clothes to creating doilies and coasters.

Fabrics: Firm, tightly woven fabrics which do not fray easily are essential for cutwork.

Stabilizers: You will also need wash-away, or water-soluble 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. Some of these brand names are Fabri-Solvy by Sulky, Wash-Away, and Aqua Magic.

Film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy by Sulky or Avalon by Madeira, are not good for the cutwork projects.

Threads: We recommend to use either polyester or rayon embroidery threads.

Needles: We used 80/12 embroidery needles. You can use thinner needles if you use fine fabric.

To test our quality and your skills try this free design:


Size: 179/100 mm,
Stitches: 13038
Colors: 2

Click to download a zip file containing the corresponding format:


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Step One: Hoop your fabric with a layer of water soluble mesh. Upload the file into your machine. 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 in the places shown on the picture.
Step Three: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidering.
Step Four: Neatly cut away the excess stabilizer. Wash away the remaining stabilizer, neatly spread on a flat surface and leave to air dry. Press if needed.
Check out more examples of cutwork using designs from our Catalog:

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