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Star of Bethlehem

These are instructions on how to embroider the Star of Bethlehem cutwork design.

Star of Bethlehem

Large Hoop:
Size: 129mm x 129mm (5.12" x 5.12")
Stitches: 15714
Colors: 1
Small Hoop:
Size: 99 cm x 99 cm (3.89" x 3.89")
Stitches: 13841
Colors: 1

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.


Step 1: Hoop the fabric with a layer of water soluble mesh. Start embroidering. The machine will embroider the outline of the design and stop.

Star of Bethlehem image 2

Step 2: Take the hoop from the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric on rays' tips. The areas of fabric which are meant to be removed are shown in the picture.

Star of Bethlehem image 3

Step 3: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidering.

Star of Bethlehem image 4

Step 4: Wash away the stabilizer and press the embroidery with steam if needed.


Happy Embroidering!

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