Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What is Lace (FSL)?

You've heard a lot about Lace - maybe you've seen it before - but you're still not quite sure what Lace is?

Lace - or full name "Free Standing Lace" (FSL) - in English "freestanding lace" - is embroidered lace. As the name already explains, it is freestanding top. Unlike ordinary machine embroidery, these files are not embroidered on fabric but can stand alone afterwards.

One-colored motifs in lace are gladly offered and these lace parts can be wonderfully used as a hanger. In the window, on a branch, as a Mobilé or flower plug or on a Christmas tree - Lace embroidery always looks very classy. But there are also multi-colored lace embroidery, which then look even more charming.

Precisely because they look so noble, have you perhaps had a certain respect for these files? You do not dare to get into this type of machine embroidery, because that's certainly very complicated?
These thoughts are completely unnecessary, because Lace is basically very easy to embroider - you only need the right material - and that's not much.

All you need for lace embroidery is water-soluble fleece and embroidery thread. The fleece should be one water-soluble stabeliser not the foil that you put on high-pile fabrics (terry, velvet, fleece, etc.). The foil is not because you can not really put it in the frame - on the one hand, because the embroidery needle would only perforate the foil.

The water-soluble fabric fleece has properties of a fabric and can therefore be easily clamped in the frame. There are thinner water-soluble fleece and also stronger. I usually use the thinner one and take it mostly twice.

Embroider the procedure for Lace:

You tighten the water-soluble fleece (possibly double - depending on which fleece you own) drummelfest in the frame. As a bobbin thread you also use embroidery thread for lace embroidery - in the same color as your upper thread - so that the embroidery looks nice from both sides afterwards. Then you start sticking.

Experience has shown that a multiple grid is first embroidered and then the contour and decorative stitches on the grid follow. There are also lace motifs that have no grid, but are free between the connected contours and decorative stitches.

When the machine is done with embroidering, you take the frame out of the machine - and the embroidered fleece out of the frame. Now you cut out the motif with a generous border.
Now the whole embroidery is soaked in water. Add water to a bowl or washbasin - lukewarm water has proven its worth - but it also works with cold water. Leave the embroidery in the water for a few minutes (about 5 - 10 min.) Until the whole embroidery fleece has dissolved. Very fine lace embroidery can also be washed lying on a grid or Abseihsieb lying.

Then use a towel to dab the embroidery dry and let it dry completely in an airy place. Depending on the subject, the dry embroidery can still be ironed, which you should preferably do between two towels, so that the embroidery yarn does not get the full heat of the iron.

Some motifs, such as flowers or leaves you need not necessarily iron, because that gives the motif a certain naturalness (flowers and leaves are not just flat ...)

Your freestanding top is ready ... and you can now process the motifs (hang them up, make a mobilé out of it or plug it in ...)
As you can see in this post, embroidering Lace is not that hard at all - it's a lot of fun, and it greatly enhances the possibilities of using your embroidery machine for wonderful decoration.
Try it out now. Beautiful Lace Files you will find here.

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