The Cutwork Butterfly and Dragonfly Circles is a set of 2 designs available in 3 sizes: for large 5" x 7" (130 x 180 mm), for mega 6" x 6" and commercial grade (8" x 8") hoops.
Size: 129 x 129 mm
Stitches: 44 723
Size: 149 x 149 mm
Stitches: 53 963
Size: 199 x 199 mm
Stitches: 77 856
You will need fabric, water soluble mesh and embroidery threads.
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, Avalon Plus by Madeira, Wash-Away, and Aqua Magic.
40-weight embroidery polyester threads are preferred for the project.
Cotton thread is not suitable because the embroidery will be too bulky.
Rayon thread is sensitive to the chemicals in the water-soluble mesh and will not work for the project.
Please note: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out on scrap before you make a stitch-out on the real item.
Both designs are embroidered in the same way. They both can be embroidered as inserts or free-standing ornaments.
Step One: To embroider the designs as inserts, hoop the fabric with a layer of water soluble mesh. Start embroidering. The first color will embroider the circle and the outline of the insects and stops. Start the machine again; the second color will embroider the same outline and stop.
Step Two: Take the hoop from the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric inside the circle and around the insects.
Step Three: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidering.
Step Four: Wash away the stabilizer and leave to air dry. Press with steam
Step One: To embroider the designs as ornaments, hoop 2 layers of watersoluble mesh. Start the machine. The first color will embroider the circle and insect outlines and stop.
Step Two: Cover the circle with a piece of fabric. Start the machine. The second color will embroider the same outline over the fabric.
Step Three: Take the hoop from the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric outside and inside the circle and around the insects.
Step Four: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidery.
Step Five: Wash away the stabilizer. Leave to air dry. Press with steam. Your Coasters/Doilies/Ornaments are ready.