The Cutwork Lace Butterfly in a Circle design is available in 3 sizes: for large 5" x 7" (130 x 180 mm), for mega 6" x 10" (150 x 250mm) and for a commercial 8" x 8" (200 x 200mm) hoops.
Size: 129 x 129 mm
Stitches: 34 713
Size: 149 x 149 mm
Stitches: 40 188
Size: 199 x 199 mm
Stitches: 53 743
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 softer and more sensitive to the chemicals in the water-soluble mesh. We do not like to use rayon thread for cutwork lace projects.
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. Skip the first color. Start embroidering. The next color will embroider the circle and the outline of thebutterfly.
Step Two: Take the hoop from the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric inside the circle and around the butterfly.
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 if needed.
Step One: To embroider the design as ornament, hoop 2 layers of watersoluble mesh. Start the machine. The first color will embroider the circle and stop.
Step Two: Cover the circle with a piece of fabric. Start the machine. The next color will embroider the same circle and the outline of the butterfly 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 butterfly.
Step Four: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidery.
Step Five: Wash away the stabilizer. Leave to air dry. Press with steam.