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Light and Lacy Umbrella Girl

 

Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.

Umbrella Girl and Battenburg lace -- a marriage made in heaven! We've taken Umbrella Girl, a beloved embroidery icon for many decades, and dressed her up in a little lace.

While Umbrella Girl cuts a stylish figure in her bloomers, she looks positively dashing in a pretty patterned Battenburg lace skirt.

Read on for instructions for adding a little lace, and a lot of interest, to Umbrella Girl!

 


Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.

Supplies Needed:

**Cotton embroidery or sewing thread for embroidering the lace

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Water soluble stabilizer

**Paper towels

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Small piece of organza (optional) 

 


Designs used:


These designs are from the small size of the Light and Lacy Umbrella Girl Design Packs. In these packs, the beautiful Battenburg lace skirts feature colors and design motifs that match the umbrellas in the Umbrella Girls designs!

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.

 


Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.

First, embroider the Umbrella Girl design. Since the design is stitch filled and the fabric will need support to hold up the stitches, I backed the fabric with medium weight cutaway stabilizer that was sprayed with a bit of temporary adhesive.  Be sure to see the Kenny's Korner archived articles about how to embroider on many different kinds of fabrics.


Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
 

Next, embroider the lace skirt design. For further information, see our project instructions on how to embroider Battenburg lace.



Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
 

After the lace is dry and pressed, you can add a layer of sheer fabric to the skirt to give it added shimmer! Lay the lace on top of the fabric (I chose organza) with the right side facing up. Pin in place.



Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
 

Then, using the same color thread as the main part of the lace in the top thread and the bobbin, sew a seam about 1/4" in from the outer edge of the lace around the entire outer edge of the lace.



Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
 

Trim away the fabric on the backside of the lace (to the outside of the seam) leaving about 1/8" excess.



Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.
 

Pin the skirt in place on the embroidered Umbrella Girl design with the top edge of the skirt aligned with the bottom edge of her corset and pin in place.

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f you would like the skirt to flow freely, again using the same color thread as the main part of the lace, sew a 1/4" seam along just the top edge of the skirt.

Or, if you want the entire skirt to lie flat, sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the lace. And your Battenburg lace skirt is complete!


 

Put all three Light and Lacy Umbrella Girl designs together on a set of pillows or on a wall hanging for a truly stunning addition to home decor!
 

Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.

Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.

Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.


Free project instructions for stitching a Battenburg lace skirt to an Umbrella Girl machine embroidery design.



Umbrella Girl is a fashionable design for wall hangings, quilts, and more!
I embroidered my Umbrella Girl onto the Envelope Pillow. Click here to see the Envelope Pillow instructions.


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