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Adding Battenburg Lace to Garments

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Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.


Beautiful Battenburg lace is a lovely style of embroidery, and a delightful way to add interest to your apparel. Learn how to adorn sweaters, scarves, and other garments with Battenburg lace for excellent results.


Project Needs & Notes:


- Water-soluble stabilizer
  (Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- 30-35 weight thread
- Size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing
  (optional)

Designs used in this tutorial include the Fine Fashions (Battenburg Lace) designs.

Free video with instructions on how to embroider battenburg lace designs.

This video tutorial demonstrates how to embroider Battenburg lace. Specific assembly instructions
for adding it to apparel are below. 

Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

Battenburg lace designs are embroidered onto water-soluble stabilizer. When the stabilizer is soaked away, beautiful lace  remains behind.

Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

First, create templates of the Battenburg lace to plan where to add them. A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch.

If you do not have embroidery software to print templates, try  Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Arrange the templates on the garment how you want them. Here, one of the designs will wrap around the shoulder seam at the top of the sweater.

Free project instructions on how to embroider battenburg lace designs.

Battenburg lace is digitized for  30-35 weight cotton thread. This thread brings a classic, hearty, and traditional look to the lace pieces.

30-35 weight cotton thread is found under different names, such as mercerized cotton or
all-purpose cotton.

Free project instructions on how to embroider battenburg lace designs.

You will use the same thread in the top and the bobbin, too. Wind a bobbin with the cotton thread.

Free project instructions on how to embroider battenburg lace designs.


Free project instructions on how to embroider battenburg lace designs.


Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

Embroider the design.

Battenburg lace uses two colors of thread.

Remember to change the bobbin thread for the second color, too.

Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

After embroidering, cut most of the stabilizer away.

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the excess.

Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

Air dry, and press.

Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

Once all of the designs are embroidered and ready to go, add them to the garment where you planned and pin in place.

Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

You can sew the lace in place by hand using needle and thread.

This works especially well in places where the garment might not lay completely flat, like this the shoulder of the sweater.
 

Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

On flat areas, like on the front of the sweater, you can machine sew the lace in place.

Use the same color thread in the needle as you did for the lace.

Sew a seam along the inner edge of the lace.

Free project instructions to add battenburg lace to garments.

Battenburg lace adds elegance and style to your apparel!

Add to sweaters, as a detail accent on back pockets, or around sleeve cuffs for a delicate look.


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