Battenburg Lace

Battenburg Lace

 
Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.

Battenburg lace is a bit different from "regular" freestanding lace. It uses cotton thread to replicate a classic hand-crocheted look.

Embroidery Library has many Battenburg designs that range in subject and style, from borders to bookmarks to ornaments.

These project instructions demonstrate a technique, and the technique can be applied to any Battenburg design that you are working with.

 
Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.


A variety of Battenburg lace designs are available at www.emblibrary.com. Click here to find them all.
 


Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.

Supplies Needed:

**Cotton thread (see note on choosing thread below)

**Water soluble stabilize. We prefer Sulky Ultra Solvy or Vilene.

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Paper towels

 

Special Project Notes:

Battenburg lace requires the use of cotton thread. Rayon or polyester thread will not work in Battenburg lace, as it won't hold up the delicate stitches.

I use Coats and Clark 30 and 35 weight cotton thread. It's labeled as Mercerized ELS Cotton for Machine Quilting & Crafts; Machine Quilting; or All Purpose. I find Coats and Clark cotton thread at JoAnn's. I've also used Madeira Cotona, which is a 30 weight cotton thread.

I use the 30 - 35 weight cotton thread both in the bobbin (I wind my own bobbins) and in the top (needle).

For an even more delicate, and somewhat softer effect, you can use regular bobbin thread in the bobbin (which is usually 70 weight), and 30 - 35 weight cotton thread in the top/needle. Bobbin thread, however, only comes in white and black, so if you choose to use regular bobbin thread for your lace, you'll be limited to using white or black in the needle (as to make the piece good-looking from both sides).

A note about water-soluble stabilizers and needles:

There are many, many different brands of water-soluble stabilizer available. Some are thin and light, some are fibrous, and some are thick and heavy. It can be confusing to pick the right one for your lace project.

We've digitized and stitched thousands of freestanding lace designs, and have consistently excellent results with Sulky Ultra Solvy (the heavy weight water-soluble stabilizer by Sulky) and Vilene, a fibrous water-soluble stabilizer. We order Vilene from www.pointetopointe.com.

Use a sharp needle (as opposed to an embroidery needle) when embroidering onto water-soluble stabilizer - especially if using the "plastic-looking" kind (such as Sulky Ultra Solvy). An embroidery needle has a larger point, which makes larger holes in the water-soluble stabilizer, leading to tearing and misalignment.

Designs Used:

For this tutorial I used the medium size of the Battenburg Heart (Lace) design. To find other Battenburg lace designs, type the keyword BATTENBURG into the search box at www.emblibrary.com. Click here for those search results.
 

Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

When you're ready to embroider a Battenburg lace design, hoop one piece of water-soluble stabilizer. 


Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

Wind a bobbin for each color of thread you will be using.



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, and embroider the design. I use a 75/11 sharp needle when embroidering freestanding lace.

At each color stop, stop the machine and change the bobbin to match the top thread.



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

After the design has finished, unhoop the WSS and cut away the excess.



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

Remove the stabilizer from the lace according to package instructions. I used Sulky Ultra Solvy, so I soaked the lace in hot water from the tap for about 10 to 15 minutes. 



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

Blot the lace with paper towels and allow it to dry completely.  When the lace has dried, press with an iron; use a pressing cloth over the lace to prevent scorching.



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

Here's the result!



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

Doily Assembly Instructions:

Some of the Battenburg lace can be assembled into a doily.  For the Battenburg Lace Heart, embroider four pieces as instructed above. With the right sides facing up, align the side edges of two of the heart shapes together as shown.



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

Zigzag stitch the pieces together along the side edges where the lace pieces touch using the same color thread in the bobbin and top thread that you used to embroider the designs. 

Add the remaining two pieces by repeating this process: align the side edges of the hearts together and zigzag stitch in place. There should be a small space left at the center of the doily when complete (at the bottom points of the heart shapes).



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

And now our lace doily is complete!

The finished size of your lace doily will depend on the design size you choose.

Large size: 12" wide by 12" high
Medium size: 10" wide by 10" high
Small size: 7" wide by 7" high



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 

To make a Battenburg Celtic Knot doily, embroider six pieces as instructed above. With the right sides facing up, align the side edges of two of the shapes together as shown.



Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.
 


Zigzag stitch the pieces together along the side edges where the lace pieces touch using the same color thread in the bobbin and top thread you used to embroider the designs.

Add the remaining four pieces by repeating this process: align the side edges of the pieces together and zigzag stitch in place. There should be a small space left at the center of the doily when complete (at the bottom points of the shapes).

The finished size of your lace doily will depend on the design size you choose.

Large size: 15 1/4" wide by 15 1/4" high
Medium size: 13" wide by 13" high
Small size: 7 1/4" wide by 7 1/4" high
 


Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design in-the-hoop utensil holder.

Battenburg lace is a wonderful way to add a touch of elegance to your home decor.

On their own or put together in a doily, Battenburg lace designs are just right for dressing up a dining table, or highlighting a vase of flowers.

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