These are instructions on how to embroider the
FSL Battenberg Butterfly Necklace. There are 2 designs in the set, one necklace is narrower and longer, another one is wider and shorter. Both files are for a large, 5" x 7", hoop.
Size: 109mm x 176mm (4.19" x 6.77")
Size: 90mm x 160mm ( 3.46 x 6.15")
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 packaged under different brand names. Some of these brand names are Fabri-Solvy by Sulky, Avalon Plus by Madeira, Wash-Away, and Aqua Magic.
Film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy by Sulky, Avalon by Madeira and Badge Master are not suitable for Free-Standing Lace embroidery.
Threads: The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. That is why for this project we recommend machine quilting cotton thread, which gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made.
You can use 40-, 50- or even 60-weight cotton. You can use it both in the bobbin and in the needle. If you use 40-weight cotton thread for the needle, you can use 50- or 60-weight cotton in the bobbin.
The drawback of the cotton thread is lint. Please don't forget to clean the machine with a soft brush or compressed air after each stitch-out.
To get two-sided embroidery, use threads of the same color in the needle and in the bobbin.
For our stitch-out of our necklaces we used Signature cotton threads.
Needles: We use size 80/12 embroidery needles and 80/12 metallic needles. Our experience shows that cotton thread used with metallic needles gives less lint. The needles should be sharp, so it's advisable to change them often.
Most Importantly: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out and wash away the stabilizer. This helps you to select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly. It's very important to select the correct thread tension!
Rinsing away the stabilizer is an important step, because the lace can be stretched or distorted if this is done incorrectly. We recommend to use a foam board and stainless pins.
Cut away the excess stabilizer close to the stitches. Take your time and carefully pin every single loop on the lace's outer edge to the board.
Now place the board into a bowl with luke-warm water. Leave the board in the water for at least half an hour. Change the water a couple of times.
Take the board out of the water and leave to air dry. Do not unpin the lace until it's completely dry.
Besides stabilizer and embroidery threads, you will need a necklace clasp, ribbon or chain, different beads or crystals for embellishment. It's better to use acrylic beads, as they are lighter. Glass and real gems are heavy and can distort the lace.
Embroider the design, wash away the stabilizer and let the stitch-out dry.
Sew on the beads or adhere crystals.
For the back part of the necklace, you will need either 2 pieces of ribbons/trims or 2 pieces of chain. Please determine the length you need. Sew/or attach the necklace clasp to one end of the ribbon/chain. Sew/attach the second end of the ribbon/chain to the lace.
The necklace is ready to wear.
The puppy likes our work. We hope that you like it too!