The FSL Battenberg Rose Border is a set of 3 designs which should be embroidered several times each and sewn into a square frame. The designs are available in 2 sizes for large (5" x 7") and mega (8" x 10") hoops.
The finished size of the doilies is about 14 1/2" x 17" for mega hoop and 10" x 11" for large hoop.
To embroider this type of lace, please read our recommendations first.
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 that at least one of the threads, either in the bobbin or in the needle, should be cotton, which gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made. Embroidery polyester thread will make very fine weblike lace.
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.
If you are using 50- or 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 regular polyester bobbin thread.
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: Make a test stitch-out of any file. If you are satisfied with the results, embroider the files:
Rose1 - 2 times
Rose1MIRR - 2 times
Rose2 - once
Rose2MIRR - once
Rose3 - once
Rose3MIRR - once
Rinse the stabilizer and leave to air dry.
Press all parts with steam. On your working table, lay out the designs in a circle.
Manually, join the parts in the places marked in white on the diagram. Use the same thread with which you made the embroidery.
Step Two: Place the lace frame on a piece of fabric and pin in place.
Step Three: With a straight stitch (1mm long) along the inner outline of the lace, attach the lace to the fabric. Make another straight stitch 1-2mm from the first one. Then make the third straigt stitch 1-2 mm from the second one.
Work from the right side of the doily. Use the same thread with which you made the lace.
Step Four: With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the excess fabric close to the outer straight stitch.
The smaller doily features the Valencia Pink Rose design for large (5" x 7") hoop.