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									3D Lace Angel Tree Topper


                                      3D Lace Angel Tree Topper




                                                                                 Add elegance and grace to
                                                                                 tree tops and tables with a
                                                                                 freestanding lace angel.

                                                                                 A sturdy cone base means
                                                                                 that this angel will be
                                                                                 comfortable on the highest
                                                                                 bough of your Christmas tree,
                                                                                 or as the centerpiece to a
                                                                                 seasonal display.

                                                                                 Read below for instructions!




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                                                                                 Supplies Needed:

                                                                                 **Water-soluble stabilizer (we
                                                                                   prefer Sulky Ultra Solvy)

                                                                                 **40 weight rayon embroidery
                                                                                   thread and 50 weight cotton
                                                                                   sewing thread

                                                                                 **Paper towels

                                                                                 **Fabric glue

                                                                                 **Spray starch (we used non-
                                                                                   aerosol pump spray starch)

                                                                                 **Heat set crystals and heat
                                                                                   tool (optional)

                                                                                 **Feathers (optional)




            Designs used:
            3D Lace Angel Tree Topper.

            Finished size:
            Large size: 5.5 inches wide by 7.25 inches high
            Small Size: 3.75 inches wide by 4.75 inches high




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                                                                                 To embroider the lace, hoop
                                                                                 one piece of water-soluble
                                                                                 stabilizer (WSS). We used
                                                                                 Sulky Ultra Solvy.

                                                                                 Kenny has tested different
                                                                                 brands of WSS to see which
                                                                                 works best. To see how
                                                                                 different brands hold up when
                                                                                 used with freestanding lace,
                                                                                 click here.




                                                                                 Because freestanding lace is
                                                                                 double-sided, the bobbin thread
                                                                                 should match the top thread.
                                                                                 Wind a bobbin with the same
                                                                                 thread that you'll be using in the
                                                                                 needle. We are embroidering
                                                                                 this example with 50 weight
                                                                                 cotton sewing thread. This type
                                                                                 of thread makes the lace
                                                                                 sturdier than rayon embroidery
                                                                                 thread and gives it a hearty look
                                                                                 and feel. 40 weight rayon
                                                                                 embroidery thread also works
                                                                                 well, however, the finished lace
                                                                                 may need a bit more starch to
                                                                                 help hold up the finished angel.




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                                                                                 The angel is made up of five
                                                                                 pieces. Each piece is labeled
                                                                                 "a" through "e".

                                                                                 Embroider all of the pieces at
                                                                                 once. We used a number 11
                                                                                 sharp sewing needle when
                                                                                 embroidering free standing lace.




                                                                                 After finishing each design,
                                                                                 unhoop the WSS and cut
                                                                                 away the excess. Trim as
                                                                                 close to the embroidery as
                                                                                 possible without cutting any of
                                                                                 the stitches.




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                                                                                 After all five pieces have
                                                                                 sewn...




                                                                                 ...soak the designs in hot water
                                                                                 from the tap. If using Sulky
                                                                                 Ultra Solvy, soak for 15
                                                                                 minutes.




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                                                                                 After soaking, blot the lace
                                                                                 with paper towels. Then, allow
                                                                                 the lace to dry completely.




                                                                                 Now we are ready to assemble
                                                                                 the angel!

                                                                                 Lay the wings (designs "a" and
                                                                                 "b") right side up and align the
                                                                                 inner tabs together as shown.
                                                                                 The inner edges of the tabs
                                                                                 should line up against one
                                                                                 another - do not over lap the
                                                                                 tabs.




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                                                                                 Zigzag stitch the wings
                                                                                 together by sewing along the
                                                                                 inner sides of the tabs.




                                                                                 Lay the body section (design
                                                                                 "c") in on top of the tabs of the
                                                                                 wings with the top of the halo
                                                                                 aligned with the top of the
                                                                                 wings. Align the bottom tab of
                                                                                 the body with the tabs of the
                                                                                 wings. Pin in place.




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                                                                                 Zigzag stitch the body in place
                                                                                 by sewing from the center
                                                                                 bottom of the tab up to the
                                                                                 bottom of the hands.




                                                                                 Lay the dress sections (designs
                                                                                 "d" and "e") right side up and
                                                                                 align the straight edges
                                                                                 together as shown.




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                                                                                 Zigzag stitch the pieces
                                                                                 together.




                                                                                 Fold the pieces together, right
                                                                                 sides facing, and align the
                                                                                 remaining straight edges.
                                                                                 Zigzag stitch along the straight
                                                                                 edges.




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                                                                                  Turn the dress right side out.




                                                                                  Lay the assembled wing/body
                                                                                  section with the wrong side up
                                                                                  and add fabric glue along the
                                                                                  tabs.




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                                                                                  Insert the wing/body section
                                                                                  inside the opening at the top of
                                                                                  the dress and...




                                                                                  ...lay the angel on its side and
                                                                                  press the tab in place inside
                                                                                  the dress until the glue holds.




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                                                                                  Allow the glue to dry
                                                                                  completely. Then, to give the
                                                                                  angel more support, spray the
                                                                                  lace with heavy starch. Be sure
                                                                                  to completely saturate the lace.




                                                                                  While the lace is still wet, you
                                                                                  can mold it with your hands. We
                                                                                  molded the wings to have a
                                                                                  slight curve which gives the lace
                                                                                  dimension.

                                                                                  Allow the lace to dry completely.




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                                                                                  You can add embellishments
                                                                                  like feathers and heat set
                                                                                  crystals to give the angel
                                                                                  sparkle and shine!




                                                                                  Click here for a printable
                                                                                  version of these project
                                                                                  instructions.




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