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Freestanding Lace Icicles

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

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Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.


Freestanding lace icicles are some of the most popular Christmas designs at Embroidery Library, thanks to their eye-catching elegance and beauty. Terrific for hanging on a Christmas tree, in a window during the winter months, or as gift tags and decorations in your home.
Project Needs & Notes

- Water-soluble stabilizer
  (like Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- 1/4" wide ribbon
- Tapestry needle
- Beads (optional)

- Heat-set crystals and tool (optional)

Designs used in this tutorial include the A Light and Lacy Icicles (Lace) design pack.

This project was featured in the following:
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Free video with instructions on how to embroider freestanding lace icicles.

The video tutorial demonstrates how to embroider freestanding lace. Find details specific to
the lace icicles below.


Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Freestanding lace designs are specially digitized for water-soluble stabilizer. When that stabilizer is removed, beautiful lace remains behind.  

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There are a couple of different kinds of water-soluble stabilizer that work best with freestanding lace.

One is clear and plastic-like, and that brand is Sulky Ultra Solvy. The other is soft and fibrous, called Vilene.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

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

Thread choices can include 40 weight rayon or polyester, 30-35 weight cotton, or metallic thread, too.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

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

Because the icicles are long and narrow, you will likely be using a rectangular hoop. Take special care to ensure the long sides are tight so that the stabilizer doesn't slip while embroidering.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Embroider the design.

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 embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Unhoop the stabilizer and trim the excess away.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Soak the remaining stabilizer away according to package instructions.

For Sulky Ultra Solvy, soak in hot tap water for 15 minutes.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Blot to remove the excess water, then air dry.

Press with a pressing cloth after the lace is completely dry.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Using metallic thread gives these icicles a wintery, shimmery look. It gives it more a rigid texture, similar to an icicle, and adds a sparkling look to your tree.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Variegated thread is also a fun way to customize lace designs. Each one turns out completely unique and full of color.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

This design is stitched using 35 weight cotton thread. It adds a soft and cozy look to the lace.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Add embellishments, such as beads and crystals, to make the icicle sparkle and shine.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Or, use beads for a glamorous style. Use a tapestry needle to thread ribbon through the bottom point. Tie a knot on the back.

Add beads, then tie a knot at the base.

Free project instructions for embroidering freestanding lace icicles.

Pair the freestanding lace icicles with gorgeous lace snowflakes for a winter wonderland. Find the snowflake designs here.

Freestanding Lace Icicles



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