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Cutwork Dahlia #22775

These are instructions on how to embroider the Cutwork Dahlia. The design is available in 2 sizes: for the mega hoop (6" x 10"), and for the large hoop (5" x 7").
Screen shot of the cutwork dahlia design

Mega Hoop:

Size: 134 x 259 mm
Stitches: 41534
Colors: 2/2

Large Hoop:
Size: 92 x 178 mm
Stitches: 25932
Colors: 2/2

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.
Cutwork Insert
Step One: Hoop the fabric with a layer of water soluble mesh. Start embroidering. The first color will embroider the outlines of the design to be cut out and stop.
The stitch-out of the outline of the design.

Step Two: Take the hoop from the machine. With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric inside the closed shapes.
Cut away fabric inside the star and around the outline of the flower inside the star.

Step Three: Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidering.
Finished embroidery with the stabilizer still there.

Step Four: Wash away the stabilizer and leave to air dry. Press with steam if needed.
Finished stitch-out with washed-away stabilizer.

Happy Embroidering!
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