These are instructions on how to embroider the Cutwork Flower Border The design is available in 2 sizes: for large hoop (5" x 7" or 130 x 180 mm) and for mega hoop (6" x 8").
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.
Step One: To embroider the designs as ornaments, hoop 2 layers of watersoluble mesh. Start the machine. The first color will embroider the outline of the design and stop.
Step Two: Cover the outline 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 outline and around the flowers.
Step Four: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidery.
Step Five: Wash away the stabilizer. Leave to air dry. Press with steam.
We used the stitch outs to make a greeting card and to decorate a kitchen towel.
We have a separate tutorial explaining how to add the border to the towel.