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Freestanding Organza





Create vivid and dynamic statements for your home, apparel, and more with elegant freestanding organza embroidery! The delicate look of organza combines with embroidery specially designed by our team to work with this fun material to create ocean pieces that mimic real sea glass, feathers, and more!

 

Check out the accompanying Stitching Freestanding Organza video to see how it's done.








To craft your nautical themed freestanding organza pieces, you will need:

  • Sea Glass (Freestanding Organza) embroidery design(s)
  • Heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer, such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy
  • Rayon thread (40wt.)
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • Bobbin thread to match each of your design colors
  • Printed templates of your design
 



 

To start, use the dieline templates, labeled with "DL" in your zipped design files (for example UTZ23274_dl) to cut out the "front" and "back" of the Sea Glass Spiral Shell applique pieces from your organza. The easiest way to do this is to lightly spray temporary spray adhesive on the back of the paper and adhere it to the organza before cutting.

If you don't have embroidery software to print the dieline templates, follow these instructions for stitching dielines.




To sew the organza feather design, hoop a piece of heavy duty water soluble stabilizer, taut in the smallest hoop possible for the design.

Because you are making a 3D object that can be seen from both sides, make sure to match the top and bottom thread colors for each step. The first color change of the file will stitch the dieline onto the stabilizer.

 



 

Carefully remove the hoop from the embroidery machine to attach your organza applique. Spray the back sides of both organza pieces (it helps to leave the paper dieline attached until the organza is adhered to your stabilizer) and place the "front" piece within the stitched dieline. Flip the hoop over and place the "back" piece within the stitched dieline.




The next step will stitch the tackdown and design details.

 



 

Once the design has completed sewing out, remove the design from the hoop and carefully cut the design from the water soluble stabilizer. Then, soak the design until the rest of the stabilizer has dissolved.

You're left with a delicate freestanding piece of art!




Stitch a variety of sizes and shapes to create a variety of projects, including nautically inspired decor, apparel, and more!

 



 

These lightweight pieces make perfect applique pieces for apparel and accessories! Just stitch your finished freestanding organza onto your projects. 




You can also use different sizes of the same freestanding organza to create a whimsical ocean-themed wreath.

The possibilities are as limitless as the imagination!

 




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