The FSL Crochet Square Appliqué Set consists of 2 machine embroidery designs. One square is crochet lace and the other square is appliqué with crochet lace.
Using these designs, we made coasters, a small doily and a lace insert for a pillow, but you can make larger doilies, a table topper, or even a tablecloth.
For the appliqué square you will need either cotton or linen fabric. For both squares you will need water-soluble Vilene stabilizer and 40-, 50- or 60-weight cotton embroidery threads. For this project we used Signature machine quilting thread.
The finished size of our doily is about 20" x 20". The finished size of the insert is about 10" x 10".
Most Importantly: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out of a design. This helps you select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly.
The crochet square of the set is embroidered in accordance with the General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs. Please read the guide, because you might find it helpful.
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 procedure to embroider the applique is described below.
Step One: To embroider one part, hoop a piece of water-soluble Vilene stabilizer. Thread the machine with cotton threads (the same thread should be used both for the needle and in the bobbin). Start embroidering. The machine will stitch a square and stop.
Step Two: Cut a piece of fabric measuring about 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". Place the fabric piece right in the center of the hoop over the embroidered square. To secure pin it to the stabilizer in the center of the square (optional).
Step Two: Start the machine again. It will stitch around the square again and stop.
WITHOUT taking the working piece out of the hoop, cut away the excess fabric as close to the stitch as possible. Be careful not to cut the stabilizer.
Step Three: Return the hoop to the machine...
And finish the crochet part of the embroidery. It should look like this:
Step Four: Cut away the excess stabilizer and place the pattern into a bowl with warm water. Change the water several times. Spread carefully on a flat surface and leave to air dry.
Press with steam.
Make sure that there are no problems in the stitch-out. If you're satisfied, you can proceed with work. If there are problems - missing stitches, loops, etc. you should re-read the General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs and make sure you did everything correctly.
For this doily we used 16 applique parts. Embroider them all, one by one.
Cut away the excess stabilizer, as close to the embroidery as possible. Wash away the stabilizer, spread the parts evenly on a cloth to air dry. Press with steam, if needed.
Using the same thread with which you made the embroidery, manually stitch the parts together in the places shown in green.
For the lace insert on this pillow we used the second square from the set. Embroider four of them and stitch them together.
Both squares are compatible with each other, so you can combine them in a project.
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