|These are instructions on how to
embroider the Freestanding
Battenberg Lace Paris Necklace.
Size: 231 x 200 mm (9.09" x 8")
recommend to use water-soluble mesh, such as
Vilene. Vilene D0102 is a non-woven dissolvable stabilizer which is
into the US, is sold in large rolls and is sometimes packaged under
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
|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.
Embroidery polyester thread will
make very fine web-like lace.
Embroidery rayon thread is too soft, it does
not keep its shape and
often its color will fade under the influence of chemicals from the
You can use 40-, 50- or even 60-weight
cotton, and you can use it both in
the bobbin and in the needle. If you use 40-weight cotton thread for
needle, you shoul use 50- or 60-weight cotton in the bobbin.
We used Signature
thread both in the needle
and in the bobbin, but similar threads from other companies should work
just as well.
The drawback of cotton thread is
lint. Please don't forget to clean the machine with a soft
brush or compressed air after each embroidery.
To get two-sided embroidery, use threads of
the same color in the needle
and in the bobbin.
|Needles: We use size
80/12 embroidery needles and 80/12 metallic
needles. Our experience shows that cotton thread used with metallic
gives less lint. The needles should be sharp, so it's advisable to
|Most Importantly: ALWAYS
make a test stitch-out and wash away the stabilizer. This helps you to
select the threads,
stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly. It's very important
to select the correct thread tension!
|You can read more about how to
embroider Battenberg lace in our tutorial.
Washing out the Stabilizer:
|Rinsing away the stabilizer is also 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
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
Take the board out of the water and leave to
air dry. Do not unpin the
lace until it's completely dry.
stitch-out is used for demonstation purposes only.
|Making the Necklace:
|Besides watersoluble mesh and embroidery
threads you will need:
- necklace clasps
- small embellishments - beads, crystals,
crystals or rhinestones, ribbon,
|Step One: Hoop 2 layers
of watersoluble mesh. Embroider the
|Step Two: Cut away the
excess stabilizer. Neatly pin the embroidery to a foam board and rinse
stabilizer. Leave to air dry. Press with steam.
Three: Attach the necklace clasp to the ends of the lace.
As you can see on the picture above, the necklace looks
without any additional embellishments. However, you can go ahead and
use your embellishments to make
your necklace one-of-a-kind! For attaching the decorations, use the
thread with which you made the embroidery.
|Another good choice is hot-fix
which have an adhesive back activated by pressing with a hot iron.
However, if you do not have hot-fix embellishments, use embellishments
of your choice and glue them on. We recommend Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac
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