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Snowflake Tea Light Holder (Battenburg Lace)

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Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.


Even in the midst of winter, create a warm glow with this snowflake tea light holder! Just stitch each freestanding lace piece in cotton thread on water-soluble stabilizer, then rinse, dry, and assemble. We'll show you how!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer (such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Hand sewing needle
- Battery powered tea light

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14456, Snowflake Tea Light Holder (Battenburg)

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

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

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

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 for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

This design has been digitized for 30-35 weight cotton thread. It can be found under different names such as mercerized cotton or all-purpose cotton.


Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

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

This design has two colors, so two different matching bobbins will be used.

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

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

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

Place the matching bobbin into the machine, and load the first embroidery file for the doily (file "a").

Begin to embroider the design. The first thing to sew will be the main color of the doily.

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

Then change out the bobbin again, and sew the second color. This will embroider the "decorative placement border" which will help with placement later on, and will eventually be covered up by the battery powered candle.

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

After the design is finished embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

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

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

Allow the lace to air dry, then press with a pressing cloth on top.

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

Repeat the steps above to embroider, soak, and press the candle wrap piece (file "b").

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

Then take the candle wrap, and match up the two short ends to make it into a loop.

To be the correct size, the two ends need to overlap 1/8" or less. Make sure the right side is facing out, and sew the ends together with a hand sewing needle and thread.

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

Then line up the bottom edge of the candle wrap with the outer edge of the sewn "decorative placement border". This way the border will be hidden inside of the loop and under the tea light.

Hand sew the candle wrap in place along the bottom edge. Stitching every other small scallop to the doily base will hold it in place securely.

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.

Place a battery powered tea light inside of the wrap to finish this as a beautiful gift or piece of decor.

Free project instructions for creating a snowflake tea light holder.



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