The FSL Battenberg Christmas Stocking is one design. Embroidered twice, it can be assembled into a Christmas stocking. Embroidered once, it can be used as a tree or window ornament.
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: Use cotton thread for this project. Polyester and rayon will not be stiff enough.
Use the same thread in the needle and bobbin to get two-sided embroidery.
We used Signature machine quilting cotton thread, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.
Needles: We use size 80/12 embroidery needles and 80/12 metallic needles. Our experience shows that cotton thread used with metallic needles gives less lint. The needles should be sharp, so it's advisable to change them after every project.
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.
Step One: Stitch out the design. Then, stitch out the mirror image of the design.
Rinse the stabilizer away in luke-warm running water and leave to air dry. Do not oversoak the lace, as we want the finished product to be stiff.
Press both parts with steam.
Step Two: Place both parts together, wrong side to wrong side. Align the edges. Pin together. On your sewing machine, using the zig-zag stitch and invisible thread, stitch over the edge.
You can further decorate the stocking with hot-fix crystals, beads, mini-bells, etc. Fill it with some stocking stuffers and get ready for Christmas! Enjoy!