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!
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
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.