Updated: Jul 27
Hey everyone! My name is Clarrisa and I have a fun, sewing project to get you ready to be a wedding guest, create a wedding gift, or even make the perfect gift for your bridal party!
Purchased plain clutch
Freestanding lace design or lace design that can be sewn on Organza
Floriani thread to stitch your chosen design
Floriani Wet n Gone stabilizer to fit hoop 4 times for freestanding lace or 2 times for lace stitched on Organza
RNK Perfect Grip Tape
RNK Battery Powered Rhinestone Setter
“Jewel It” glue by Alenes
Piece of wax or parchment paper to cover clutch
If you choose to stitch a lace design on Organza you will need a piece of Organza the size of your hoop. You will also need the RNK Heat Craft Tool.
Prepare Embroidery Design:
1. You will need to fill the plain area on the clutch with your lace embroidery design. Measure the area on the clutch where you would like to place your lace leaving about a ½” around the edges.
2. In your software you will need to arrange your lace designs to fit the measured area. In Floriani Total Control Software you can use the shape drawing tool and draw a rectangle on your screen and resize it to make it the size of the measured area. On the clutch I created I used a different technique on each side. You decide if you want to embroider Freestanding Lace or stitch lace on Organza and cut it out.
· For the Freestanding Lace design, I used the “Lace Borders” design set by Floriani. In my software I opened my chosen design, copied and pasted it. I then mirrored it horizontally and moved it close to the original. I combined both of the designs and resized them to fit into the rectangle drawn on the screen.
· For the Lace stitched on Organza design, I used the “Floriani Family Lace” collection. I used the border from design 8 in the collection. I opened the design, copied and pasted it. I mirrored it horizontally and moved it close to the original. I then removed the 3 hearts from the copied border so they didn’t overlap the first design. I then took a small section of the scalloped border, copied it, pasted it and placed it vertically at each end. In the open spaces I added the lettering. Lastly I combined the elements of the design and resized them to fit into the rectangle drawn on the screen.
To prepare your hoop for embroidering a thinner fabric or just stabilizer, wind your inner hoop with RNK Perfect Grip Tape. This will keep things from slipping while stitching.
· For Freestanding Lace, Hoop 2 layers of Floriani Wet n Gone Stabilizer. Stitch out your design. When finished remove from hoop and cut away excess Wet n Gone. Partially remove the Wet n Gone by running under cool water. Leave some of the Wet n Gone in to give the lace piece body after it dries. Lay flat and let dry.
· For Lace on Organza, Place a layer of Wet n Gone and then a layer of Organza in your hoop with the Organza on top. Stitch out your design. When finished LEAVE IN YOUR HOOP. Plug in your Heat Craft tool and let it heat up.
To use the Heat Craft tool:
Place the Lace Organza piece with the hoop over a heat resistant surface such as a tile, mirror or piece of glass. Using your Heat Craft Tool move around the outside perimeter of your flower pieces to remove excess organza. I find it best to stay a little away from the edge of the stitching and keep the tool moving. If you melt a few of threads on the edge it’s OK. The tool seals the stitches. See the link below for tips on using the Heat Craft Tool. At 2 minutes, 50 seconds on the video there are more tips.
· Partially remove the Wet n Gone by running under cool water. Leave some of the Wet n Gone in to give the lace piece body after it dries. Lay flat and let dry.
1. Place a paper towel on your working surface and place your lace wrong side up on the towel.
2. Find an old plastic lid or someplace to put your glue. Squirt out about a Tablespoon of “Jewel It” glue onto the lid.
3. At this point you can be neat and tidy and use a Q-Tip or I just used my fingers to spread the glue.
4. Spread enough glue around outside edges of lace pieces to dampen the edges. On the organza piece try not to get too much glue on the organza.
The glue dries semi clear.
5. When placing the lace piece on the clutch be careful to not get glue on the clutch. It will stain the fabric of the clutch. To place the lace, hover above the clutch with the lace piece down and using your eye center the lace piece over the clutch. Place lace on clutch when you have it lined up.
6. Place a piece of wax or parchment paper over the lace. My clutch was slightly rounded so I placed a folded towel over the paper and then put a couple of heavy books on top. Let dry. It takes about 8 hours. Place second piece of lace on other side of clutch.
1. Place two AA batteries in the RNK Battery Powered Rhinestone Setter.
Here is a link with a video on how to use the Rhinestone Setter:
2. Place various Swarovski Crystals on the lace using the Rhinestone setter. Make sure you
keep the Rhinestone setter in place
long enough to completely glue the crystals.