The FSL Battenberg Oak Leaf Lace is a set of two designs that can be embroidered several times and assembled into a circular lace frame. You can then use it as an edge lace for a doily, or as an insert in other projects.
Stabilizers: 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. Two of these brand names are Wash-Away and Aqua Magic. Film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy, are not suitable for Free-Standing Lace embroidery.
Threads: At least one of the threads, either in the bobbin or in the needle, should be cotton.
If you are using 50- or 60-weight cotton, you should use it both in the bobbin and in the needle. If you use 40-weight cotton thread for the needle, you can use regular polyester bobbin thread.
The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. Embroidery rayon and polyester thread will give you very soft lace, not suitable for table linen.
We used Signature machine quilting thread, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.
Needles: We use size 80/12 embroidery needles. The needles should be sharp, so it's advisable to change them after every project. For metallic thread use special metallic needles. Actually, needles for metallic thread work very well with cotton: they cause less friction to the thread, and produce less lint. They are more expensive, though.
Most Importantly: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out of the design and wash away the stabilizer. This helps you to select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly. DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
There are 2 files in the set. The file "OakDoily " has two colors. The first color embroiders the doily to make classic one-colored lace; the second color is used to outline the leaf.
The file "OakDoily2v" has 3 colors. It gives you the opportunity to make the leaf, the leaf's outline and the lattice in different colors.
The finished size of our doily is 8 x 10 inches.
Step One: Make a test stitch-out of the design. If you are satisfied with the results, proceed with the embroidery. You will have to embroider the file two times as it is and two times as its mirror image.
Rinse the stabilizer and leave to air dry.
Press all parts with steam. On your working table, lay the designs out as shown.
Manually join the parts. Use a thread that matches your embroidery.
Step Two: Place the lace on a piece of fabric and pin in place.
Step Three: With a straight stitch attach the lace to the fabric along the inner outline of the lace.
Step Four: With a pair of sharp scissors, cut away the excess fabric close to the stitch.
Step Five: Return to your sewing machine and using short and dense zig-zag, stitch over the raw edge of the fabric from the wrong side. Use matching thread both in the needle and the bobbin.
To make a bowl, manually stitch together the tips of the lace along the sides.