The FSL Battenberg Victorian Lace Collar is sold as a set of 10 designs for the large (5" x 7") hoop.
You can make collars of 3 sizes: small (35-36), medium (37-38) and large (39-40).
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: For this project 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 and rayon threads will make very fine weblike lace, which will not fall apart, but is not very beautiful.
You can use 40-, 50- or even 60-weight cotton. 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.
Clean your machine from lint after embroidering each part.
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.
Check the tension! The embroidered lace parts should be of the same size as given in the description on the design page.
For each collar you'll have to embroider six files. Choose the size you need, e.g. 35-36. Embroider the files: "Part1_left35-36", "Part1_right35-36", "Part2_left", Part2_right", "Part3_left", "Part3_ right".
Rinse the stabilizer and leave to air dry. While the lace is still wet, slightly stretch it to prevent shrinkage and give it shape.
Press all parts with steam. On your working table, lay out the designs.
You will have to join the parts manually. Use the same thread with which you made the embroidery. Connect the lace parts.
First connect all of the left parts. Connect part 1 with part 2. Connect part 2 with part 3.
Repeat for all the right parts.
The last seam is on the back to connect the right and left halves of the collar.
Now the collar is ready to be attached to a blouse or a dress. Pin or baste it in place. Attach using a zig-zag stitch.
Sew 7 small buttons on the left side opposite the button loops. Fold the lapels back.
The lace used on the shoulders is FSL Battenberg Lace Elegant Neckline Insert.