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Swan Lace Doily

Swan Lace Machine Embroidery Design

In order to create this fine freestanding lace embroidery decorated doily you will need:

  • Water-soluble stabilizer suitable for stitching out freestanding lace  ( Vilene)
  • Suitable machine embroidery thread: Polyester thread is especially suitable for these designs. In order to have the stitched out embroidery look the same on both sides, I would recommend that you use the same upper thread and bobbin thread.
  • Suitable fabric of your choice (I have used linen). Since some fabrics tend to shrink, you may want to dip the fabric in hot water before using it and then dry and iron it.

Step-by-step instructions for creating doily:

  • Step One: Embroider parts 1-8 once and part 9 of the set 8 times.
    Use 2 layers of Vilene-type water-soluble stabilizer. It's very important to use as small a hoop as possible and do
    not try to do more that 1 design in a single hoop. Make sure the stabilizer is hooped very tight and stays that way during the whole stitching out process.

  

                  1                2                      3             4                   5              6

                                                         7                       8                    9  

  • Step Two: Arrange the components as shown on the image below. The numbers correspond to the number of each embroidery file included in my delivery. Arrange the components as shown on the image below.

  Swan Lace Machine Embroidery Design

 When you are done connecting all pieces you should have something like this:

Swan Lace Machine Embroidery Design

  • Step Three: Thread your machine with the threads you used for embroidery and using zigzag.
  • Step Four:For the correct shape of frame,  you need make a pattern:
    Bend a piece of paper three times.

Measure on bend from the middle 14cm (5.5 inches)
Transfer points on linen. You may want to trace the points of the freestanding lace
with an invisible marking pen in order to make the stitching easier.

  •  Step Five: Stretch a piece of 14" x 14" linen on a working table and place the lace over it.
    Using points secure it in place with pins.

 

When you are done connecting all pieces you should have something like this:

  • Step Six: Thread your machine with the threads you used for embroidery and, using short but NOT dense zigzag, stitch along the inner edge of the lace to secure the lace. Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut away the excess fabric from under the lace. Return to your machine and using a very dense zigzag, of the same width as the lace edge, stitch along the edge of the fabric.

  • Step Seven:Now take the Swan embroidery and put it on the middle of your frame. Thread your machine with the threads you used for embroidery and, using short but NOT dense zigzag, stitch along the inner edge of the lace to secure the lace.

When you are done stitching the freestanding lace and the fabric together: Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut away the excess fabric from under the lace. Please take it easy and make sure you do not cut the thread.

Return to your machine and using a very dense zigzag, of the same width as the lace edge,
stitch along the edge of the fabric.

When you are done cutting away the fabric. Dip the Doily in hot water
until the stabilizer has been completely dissolved.
Rinse and dry it on a towel and then iron it.

 Congratulations! Your Swan lace decorated Doily is ready!