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Cutwork Lace Flower Star

These are instructions on how to embroider the Cutwork Lace Flower Star. The design is available in 2 sizes: for the mega hoop (6" x 10"), and for the commercial size hoop (8" x 12").
Cutwork Lace Flower Star image 1

Mega Hoop:

Size: 170 x 149 mm
Stitches: 32821
Colors: 1

Commercial Hoop:
Size: 2279 x 199 mm
Stitches: 45321
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.
Embroidering a Freestanding Motif:
Step One: Hoop the fabric with 1-2 layers of water soluble mesh. Start embroidering. The first color will embroider the outline of the flowers and stop.
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Start the machine again. The second color will embroider the outline of the star.
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Step Two: Take the hoop from the machine. If you are making an insert, with a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric inside the star around the flowers. If you are making a freestanding motif, neatly cut away the fabric not only inside the star around the flowers, but also around the star. Take care not to cut through stitches or through the stabilizer. If that happens, take a piece of stabilizer and attach it to the back of the hoop with scotch tape.
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Step Three: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidering.
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Step Four: Wash away the stabilizer and leave to air dry. Press with steam if needed.
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 all the edges 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.

Press, if needed.

If you're making a freestanding motif, do not wash out the stabilizer very thoroughly, the remaining stabilizer will make the motif stiffer.
Decorate the stitch-out with rhinestones or crystals. Add a tassel and hang it over a door. It makes a nice seasonal decoration!
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Happy Embroidering!
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