Daffodil Lace Book Cover Project
This jolly project was prepared for you to try working with lace designs. Hope you'd like the idea of making lacy book cover. You may use
the same instruction to make a cover for totally different items - Bible, photo album, memo pad, your recipes book or diary.
This project was created using Book Cover Daffodil Lace designs, which can be purchased separately. They're also a great add-on for
"Daffodils Lace" collection that allows you to make a huge variety of projects in identical style. Please visit the "Lace Embroidery
Designs" category to find a large selection of project-oriented sets with freestanding lace designs.
And here's how the finished project looks on front and backsides:
Supplies & Suggestions:
Make sure you have the following items at your disposal:
1. Water-soluble backing
We highly recommend fabric-type water soluble, because it "sits" better in hoop during the embroidery process and practically doesn't stretch.
As a result, lace designs come out much better than with film-type WSB.
2. Top & Bobbin polyester thread in identical color.
With lace designs, using strong thread is very important; because laces are stitch intensive and breaking thread will drive you crazy in no time. Also,
thread breaks can cause the laces to unravel later.
Your thread also mustn't be stretchy. Threads sold by a couple of certain well-known brands tend to stretch a lot.
Be careful, because lace designs will loose their shape if you use stretchy thread. Test your thread on one design to make
sure it's suitable for lace, before you embroider tens of lace pieces and "find it out".
Whenever possible, we use ThreaDelighT color matching top & bobbin thread for making lace designs. It works great. If your
machine accepts L-size prewound bobbins - get yourself matching color thread kits, because it'll save you plenty of time and
trouble, and your laces will look beautiful on both sides.
3. A piece of quality fabric that sews well. Make sure it's not stretchy, not slippery, and doesn't unravel easily. The size should be enough to cover your book. The height should be approximately 2 inches over your book height, the width - approximately 3 times your book width.
4. Prepare a pair of sharp scissors, some sewing pins, textile pencil and of course, lace designs.
Warnings & Tips:
1. NEVER resize lace designs. Most chances are that you'll ruin them completely. They are very sensitive to precision. While regular design may resize ok, a resized lace design will most probably fall apart after you wash away the water-soluble backing.
2. If you have new supplies (thread, stabilizer) - try them out first on one small test design, to see if everything is ok. Stitch it, wash away the water soluble and dry - just to see that your backing and thread are working well together. Only then continue with your main project.
3. Sometimes, especially with dense lace designs, it may be difficult to sew them together using embroidery machine. If you see it's the case - just stitch them on manually.