The FSL Battenberg Bridal Fingerless Lace Gloves is one lace design for the large (5" x 7") hoop.
To make the gloves, you need embroidery threads, watersoluble mesh and 4 small buttons.
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: The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. That is why we recommend to use cotton thread both in the bobbin and in the needle. Cotton gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made.
Embroidery polyester thread will make very fine weblike lace and is not very good for the project.
Embroidery rayon thread is too soft, it does not keep its shape and very often its color fades under the influence of chemicals from the watersoluble mesh. We do not recommend it for this project.
You can use 40-, 50- or even 60-weight cotton, you can use it both in the bobbin and in the needle. If you use 40-weight cotton thread for the needle, you can use 50- or 60-weight cotton in the bobbin.
We used Signature machine quilting cotton thread both in the needle and in the bobbin, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.
Needles: We used 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.
Rinsing away the stabilizer is an important step, because the lace can be stretched or distorted if this is done incorrectly. We recommend to use a foam board and stainless pins.
Cut away the excess stabilizer close to the stitches. Take your time and carefully pin every single loop on the lace's outer edge to the board.
Now place the board into a bowl with luke-warm water. Leave the board in the water for at least half an hour. Change the water a couple of times.
Take the board from the water and leave to air dry. DO not unpin the lace until it's completely dry.
Step One: Open the file in your embroidery software and print out the screen shot of the file. This will be your template.
Step Two: Embroider the file on 2 layers of watersoluble mesh using cotton threads and usual settings of your machine. Rinse the mesh out in luke warm water. Spread the lace on a cotton sheet to air dry, lightly pull it. Let the stitch-out air dry.
Step Three: Place the stitch-out over the print-out template. It should be of the same size as the template.
Step Four: If your stitch-out is smaller, check and correct the following:
a) reduce the tension of the upper thread;
b) use more layers of the watersoluble mesh. You can sandwich the scraps of mesh between two layers of whole pieces.
Repeat steps 2 and 3.
To make the gloves, you need to embroider the file as it is once, and its mirror image once.
The loops on the gloves are embroidered together with the lace. You do not need to make any additional loops.
Select 4 small buttons which will fit into the loops and stitch them to the lace.
If your wrist is wider than our gloves, embroider the file "add" twice. Hand-stitch it to the edge of the glove without loops.
All our customers who bought the gloves before November 2010, can download the file "add" here.
All customers who buy the gloves after November 2010 will get the file in the package.