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Cutwork Applique Poinsettia Border Lace

These are instructions on how embroider the Cutwork Applique Poinsettia Border Lace design.

You will need organza for applique, water soluble mesh and embroidery threads. 40-weight embroidery polyester threads are best for this project.
Cotton thread is not suitable because the embroidery will be too bulky.
Rayon thread is too soft and sensitive to the chemicals in the watersoluble stabilizers, which can lead it to fall apart.

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Large Hoop:
Size: 96 x 178 mm
Stitches: 29888
Colors: 1
Mega Hoop:
Size: 141 x 259 mm
Stitches: 43318
Colors: 1

Step One: Hoop 2 layers of water soluble mesh. Start the machine. It will embroider the outline of the design and stop.

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Step Two: Place 2 layers of organza over the mesh to cover the outline. You can pin the fabric to the mesh outside the embroidery area. Start the machine. It will embroider the same outline over organza and stop.

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Step Three: Take the hoop out of the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric in the areas shown on the picture - around the outline and inside the scrollwork. Take care not to cut through the stabilizer and stitches.

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Step Four: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidering.

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Step Five: Wash away the stabilizer and neatly spread on a flat surface and leave to air dry. Press.

Making the Doily

Note: For a doily using the large-hoop design you'll need a piece of fabric measuring 8" x 8"; for a doily using the mega-hoop design you'll need an 11" x 11" piece.

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Step One: Embroider the design 4 times as described above. Lay them out on the prepared fabric square. Pin in place.

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Step Two: On your machine using short and not very dense zig-zag, stitch the embroidery to the fabric. Use the same thread with which you made the embroidery. In the photos, we used a different-colored thread to make it stand out better.

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Step Three: With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the excess fabric under the embroidery.

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Step Four: Return to your machine and using dense zig-zag stitch again.

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The border can be used on table linens of different sizes, curtains, and other household items. We also used it to decorate a candle and to make napkin rings.

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Happy Embroidering!

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