To make your new lace bookmark, you’ll
Why aren’t we using
the “embroidery” thread? Just a matter of preference.
Both the heavier 30 weight or the embroidery thread will
both create slightly thicker designs. They’ll still work
just fine though, so feel free to experiment and see
which one you like best.
So, start by hooping up a piece of water
Because this is lace, we’ll want
matching wound bobbins. For this design, I strongly
recommend winding matching cotton bobbins, but as a rule
battenburg can be stitched with traditional bobbin
thread for an even lighter feel. This just means that
unless the lace you use is the color of the bobbin
thread, you won’t want to show the back.
Once your stabilizer it hooped up and
bookmark design is loaded, set you machine stitching.
As this is a two-color lace design, when
your machine gets to a stop, remember to not only change
the top color but also give it a new, matching cotton
Once you’ve changed your bobbin to match
your next color, set your machine sewing again until all
the details are done. You can see this is a bit of a mix
of traditional and Batternburg techniques, as we added a
thicker, more dimensional raven and text as part of the
Mostly because we can’t seem to do
anything without bending a few rules.
When your design is finished, un-hoop it
and carefully trim away most of the excess stabilizer
around your bookmark, but don’t get too close to your
lace! It would be a shame to chop it up after all that
Soak your lace according to your
stabilizer package directions until all the stabilizer
Pat it dry with a few paper towels, and
try to keep it flat as it dries out.
And now you have yourself a gorgeous and
slightly gothic new lace bookmark, celebrating one of
our favorite authors.
That and we just adore ravens.
The lightweight Battenburg lace means
your bookmark is much softer and lighter than
traditional lace, and will sit between your pages with
Battenburg is a fun twist on machine
embroidered lace, you can bet we’re going to use this to
create all kinds of new, softer lace goodies.