The Cutwork Fruit Basket design is available in 2 sizes: for large 5" x 7" (130 x 180 mm) and for for mega 6" x 8" hoops.
Size: 128 x 162 mm
Stitches: 47 687
Size: 149 x 190 mm
Stitches: 57 363
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.
The design can be embroidered as insert or free-standing ornament.
Step One: To embroider the design as insert, hoop the fabric with a layer of water soluble mesh. Start embroidering. The first color will embroider the outline of the design and stops. Start the machine again; the second color will embroider the same outline and stop.
Step Two: Embroider fruits in the basket (colors 3 through 7), change threads accordingly.
Step Three: Take the hoop from the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric in the places shown on the picture: inside the oval and around the fruit and basket handle and also in the bottom of the basket.
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 ornament, hoop 2 layers of watersoluble mesh. Start the machine. The first color will embroider the outline 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: Embroider all fruits (colors 3 through 7) as described above).
Step Four: Take the hoop from the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric outside the design and inside the oval , around thefruits and handle and in the bottom of the basket.
Step Five: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidery.
Step Five: Wash away the stabilizer. Leave to air dry. Press with steam. Your freestanding ornament is ready. We used it to decorate a greeting card.