I made this lace bookmark on my embroidery machine using a free standing lace (FSL) design. These designs are stitched on a water-soluble stabilizer. Once the embroidery is soaked in water, all that remains is the thread.
Only embroidery designs that have been created for FSL technique will work since the stitches have to be designed to hold together without any fabric. The FSL designs do tend to have higher stitch-counts because of this. Here is how it is done.
1. Hoop a layer or two of water soluble stabilizer. My preference for FSL is Vilene, which is a non-plastic type of wash-away stabilizer.
|I used two layers of Vilene in the hoop.|
2. Stitch the design directly on the hooped stabilizer.
3. Once complete, remove from hoop and trim away the stabilizer from the embroidery.
4. Soak the design is a pan of water. I use warm-temperature water. The stabilizer dissolves quickly. The longer you soak the design, the softer it will become.
|No more stabilizer!|
5. Bolt the design, and lay flat to dry.
That is it.
|I added a ribbon on top and was done.|
There are some really great free standing lace designs available (just google it!). They are fun little projects to do.