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3D Lace Deer Head

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.


A rustic decor classic is reimagined in light and lovely lace! Stitch each piece of this 3D deer head separately, then assemble and mount on the wall or in a little frame. We'll show you how!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Small piece of white stiff felt
- Water-soluble stabilizer
- Fabric glue (such as Beacon Fabri-tac)
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold's KK100)
- T-pins (for hanger)

Design featured in this tutorial:
- X13868, Deer Head in 3D (Lace)

Finished Size: 3 1/2" wide x 6" tall x 4 1/4" deep

Special Notes:
For best results, use fabric glue to assemble the FSL deer head to help with stability. Make sure to always to hold the piece in place and let the glue completely dry before continuing on to the next piece.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Freestanding lace designs have been specially digitized for water-soluble stabilizer. After the stabilizer is removed, beautiful lace remains behind.

When you download the FSL Deer Head design, you'll find ten files. Nine are embroidery files (labeled a-i), and the other one is a dieline file, marked with the letters DL. Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size.

Open the dielines files with embroidery software and print them. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

First prepare the fabric piece. Cut around the paper dieline, and spray the back of it. Smooth it onto the quilter's cotton.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Cut out the shape, and remove the paper.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

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.

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 an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

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 to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Hoop a piece of water-soluble stabilizer firmly. Make sure it is nice and tight and has no wrinkles.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery file "a" (not the dieline files). Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline, or outline stitch. This marks the area on the stabilizer where we'll place the fabric piece.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the back of the fabric piece with a temporary adhesive, and place it right inside the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue embroidering the design. A tack down stitch will sew next. This binds the fabric in place for the remainder of the design.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Once the fabric piece is stitched in place, all of the inner elements will sew.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer. Leaving about a 1/4" around the edges of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the excess. For Vilene, soak the lace pieces for a few moments. The allow the lace to air dry, then press the piece with a pressing cloth on top.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

The rest of the embroidery files (labeled "b"-"i") sew out normal lace without any fabric pieces. Hoop a piece of water-soluble, and wind a matching bobbin. Then load the embroidery file onto the machine, and embroidery the design all the way through.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Once the embroidery is finished, soak, dry, and press the lace piece. Repeat until all the pieces of the FSL Deer Head are embroidered and pressed.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

First take the main neck piece (piece "a"), and cut slits in between each of the sewn channels along the top edge. Make sure to only cut the stiff felt, and do not cut any of the embroidered borders.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Place the flat side of the main neck piece ("a") into the open slot of the back piece (piece "b"). Make sure the right side of the back piece is facing towards the neck. Using fabric glue, adhere the two pieces together. Make sure to hold the pieces together securely until the glue is dry.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Now take the first lace neck piece (piece "c"), and insert it into the cut slit that is closest the back piece ("b") with the wrong side of the lace piece facing the back. Make sure the slit of the new neck piece ("c") is facing downwards and goes around the main neck piece ("a"). Adhere the two pieces together along the inner, straight edges, and hold it in place until the glue completely dries.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Then take the next neck piece (piece "d"), and repeat the previous step to slide it into the cut slit next two where we place piece "c". This slit will be the second away from the back piece. Glue the piece in place along the straight edges, and hold it until the glue is dry.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

Repeat to add each of the remaining lace pieces to the main neck piece. The pieces will go in alphabetical order ("c"-"i") starting from the back and going forward towards the nose of the deer. This means the piece labeled "e" will go next to the previously placed "d" piece, and the piece labeled with an "i" will be the last piece added to the smallest slit located at the tip of the nose. While gluing, make sure to let the glue dry before continuing onto the next piece.

Free project instructions to create an embroidered 3D lace deer head.

If desired, fold the largest tines of the antlers forward and press them firmly with your fingers to get a fun 3D effect.

3D Lace Deer Head



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Products used in this Project:

Deer Head in 3D (Lace) $7.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.87" x 3.84"