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Multi-Color Freestanding Lace

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Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!


Most freestanding lace designs use one color thread. But some use two or more colors of thread, such as the Mehndi lace medallions. The added color adds magnificent depth and dimension. Follow these helpful tips and tricks to master embroidering multi-color freestanding lace.
 

Project Needs & Notes

- Water-soluble stabilizer
  (Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Freestanding lace design

For this tutorial, I used the large size of the Mehndi Sunburst (Lace) design. Find more Mehndi Freestanding Lace Medallions here.

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Free video with instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace.

The video tutorial demonstrates how to embroider freestanding lace. Instructions specific to the two-color medallions are below.


Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

Most embroidery designs are stitched onto fabric. But freestanding lace designs are specially digitized for water-soluble stabilizer. When that stabilizer is removed, beautiful lace remains behind.  

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

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 to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle. That means it will make smaller holes in the stabilizer.

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

Freestanding lace is seen from both sides, so wind a bobbin with the same thread that you're using in the needle.

Wind a bobbin for both colors that you'll use when stitching the lace design.

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

Hoop the stabilizer firmly. Make sure it is nice and tight with no wrinkles.

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

Embroider the first color of the design.

You'll find that 40 weight rayon or polyester works well, as does 30 weight cotton. Metallic thread can also be used in freestanding lace designs.

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

When the first color has finished, change the bobbin to match the second color.

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

Continue embroidering. The second color will sew next.

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

After embroidering, cut the excess stabilizer away.

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the excess. For Vilene, soak the lace pieces for a few moments.

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

Air dry and press to complete.

 

Free project instructions to create multi-color freestanding lace medallions!

Multi-color freestanding lace designs make beautiful coasters, centerpieces, and sun catchers, too.

You can also stitch them onto fabric, and brighten up jeans, jackets, and pockets.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Mehndi Sunburst (Lace) $6.49 - $7.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

7.79" x 7.81" | 6.90" x 6.92" | 5.89" x 5.91"

Mehndi Sunburst (Lace) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.78" x 4.83" | 3.87" x 3.89"

Mehndi Splendor (Lace) $6.99 - $7.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

7.81" x 7.83" | 6.90" x 6.92" | 5.87" x 5.88"

Mehndi Splendor (Lace) $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.90" x 4.93" | 3.87" x 3.89"

Mehndi Serenity (Lace) $6.99 - $7.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

7.82" x 7.81" | 6.93" x 6.92" | 5.83" x 5.82"

Mehndi Serenity (Lace) $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.84" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.88"

Frosty Winter Shine (Lace) $5.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 3.86"

Frosty Winter Sparkle (Lace) $5.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.88" x 3.89"

Hibiscus (Lace) $4.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.87" x 5.87" | 4.85" x 4.85" | 3.89" x 3.89"

Dahlia (Lace) $4.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.87" x 5.93" | 4.85" x 4.90" | 3.84" x 3.89"

Frangipani (Lace) $4.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.93" x 5.88" | 4.90" x 4.86" | 3.89" x 3.86"