The FSL Crochet Oak Leaf Border and Insert Set is a set of 5 machine embroidery designs. The designs should be embroidered as we recommend in our General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs.
The lace should be embroidered with 30-, 40- or 50-weight 100% cotton thread. We used cotton Signature thread for machine quilting.
Some points to remember from the General Guidelines:
Use Vilene water soluble stabilizer;
Use COTTON thread;
Use the same thread for the needle and bobbin.
DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
Make sure you use a sharp needle.
The set contains 5 lace files.
The files "oak leaf 1a", "oak leaf 1 b" and "oak leaf 1c" have straight edges and can be used both as edge lace or as lace inserts.
In order to make an insert as shown on the diagram below, embroider the files 1b and 1c four times each.
Use Vilene water-soluble stabilizer. Use cotton machine embroidery or cotton machine quilting threads. Use the same thread in the needle and the bobbin.
Connect the patterns with a zig-zag stitch.
Wash away the stabilizer. To make the lace soft, keep it in warm water for about an hour and change the water several times. Do not use hot water because the lace can shrink! Spread the lace neatly on an even surface and let dry. Press the lace with steam.
Place the lace frame on a piece of fabric, secure with pins. Using short and not very dense zig-zag, attach the frame to the fabric by the inner and outer edges.
With a pair of sharp scissors, cut away the fabric from under the lace. Return to your machine and using denser zigzag stitch attach the lace to the fabric.
The files "oak leaf 2a" and "oak leaf 2b" are used to make an edge lace.
To make a border as shown on the diagram below, embroider the file 2b four times and the file 2a six times.
The set gives a lot of creative opportunities - you can use it to make table linen of different sizes, to embellish curtains, towels, doilies, place mats, shelf trimmings, etc