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Lace Bookmarks with Ribbon

Free project instructions to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.

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Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.


Beautiful freestanding lace can be used to make a variety of stunning embroidery projects, and lace bookmarks are especially elegant. After embroidering, add ribbons and beads for an extra-special look.
 


Project Needs & Notes:

- Water-soluble stabilizer
  (such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- 1/8" to 1/4" wide ribbon
- Hot glue and gun, or fabric glue
- Beads
- Small tapestry needle (for adding beads)

You may use 40 weight rayon thread, metallic thread, or 30-35 weight cotton thread (mercerized cotton, also called all-purpose thread).

For this tutorial, I used designs from the Faithful Lace Bookmarks design pack.

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Free video with instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.

This video shows how to embroider freestanding
lace bookmarks. The project instructions below
show the steps for adding ribbon.


Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Freestanding lace designs are specially digitized for water-soluble stabilizer. After the stabilizer is removed, beautiful lace remains behind.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
There are a couple of different kinds of water-soluble stabilizer. One is clear and plastic, and that brand is Sulky Ultra Solvy. The other is soft and fibrous, called Vilene.

Both will work very well. Vilene is used in this demonstration.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle. It will make smaller holes in the stabilizer.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Freestanding lace is seen from both sides, so wind a bobbin with the same thread that you're using in the needle.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Hoop the stabilizer firmly.

Bookmarks are long and narrow, so take special care to hoop the stabilizer firmly.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Embroider the design.

Most lace designs are digitized for 40 weight thread, either polyester or rayon.

Metallic thread or 30-35 weight all-purpose cotton /mercerized cotton thread can also be used.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
After embroidering, cut the excess stabilizer away.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Then, soak the rest away according to package instructions.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Air dry, and press.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
After the bookmark has been pressed, add the ribbon.

Thread the ribbon through the holes in the lace. We chose to thread the ribbon through the
hole in the center, starting at the bottom.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Allow about 7 inches of excess ribbon at the top of the bookmark, and trim the ribbon at the bottom of the bookmark.

Glue the ribbon in place by adding a drop of glue (hot glue or fabric glue) and pressing the ribbon in place.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
You may also add beads to the ribbon. Tie a knot or two at the end to prevent the beads from slipping off. Then, trim the excess ribbon at the knot. 

You may need to thread the ribbon through the beads using a small tapestry needle. Or, you may cut an angled point at the end of the ribbon and then thread it through the bead.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
You may also add more than one piece of ribbon to the lace book-mark. In this example, ribbon is threaded through the horizontal and vertical pieces of the cross.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
You can also create a "tail" of ribbon by leaving the excess ribbon at the bottom of the bookmark.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Use different types of ribbon, beads, and weaving techniques to create an array of beautiful looks for your bookmarks.

Plus, the freestanding lace bookmarks are fabulous gifts for friends and family.

Free project instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace bookmarks with ribbon.
Troubleshooting Tips

Here is an example of a lace piece that failed. There are gaps between the satin stitches and the fills, so when the stabilizer is removed, the lace will not hold together.

If the stabilizer is not hooped tightly enough, then you may
see gaps and misalignment, as shown in this "oops" example.

Other causes of misalignment and gaps include bobbin tension that's too tight, stabilizer that is too thin, using an embroidery needle instead of a sharp sewing needle, or using a too-large needle when embroidering lace.

Lace Bookmarks with Ribbon



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Stitching tips for lace bookmarks:
 

Needle
75/11 or size 11 sharp sewing needle
 
Thread Choice Lace bookmarks are digitized for 40 weight thread, either polyester or rayon. Metallic thread, or 30-35 weight all-purpose cotton /mercerized cotton thread can also be used.
   


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