You asked how I did the OESD Christmas Village embroideries--
Some of the designs are Free Standing Applique, and some are Free Standing Lace--so here's what I do:
Hoop two layers of mesh water soluble stabilizer (like OESD AquaMesh).
Usually, your design will do a placement line for Free Standing Applique to show you where to put your fabric. After that stitches, "float" a Best Pressed piece of fabric (backed with OESD Stabil Stick) that is large enough to cover the placement stitches and do the next step of the design which will be the tack down stitches. Then, remove the hoop from the machine (do NOT remove the fabric from the hoop) and carefully trim the fabric close to the tack down stitches. Replace your hoop and do the next part of your design.
Here is a nice tutorial for you:
Free Standing Lace designs are done with two layers of mesh water soluble stabilizer, too. But, the whole design is just thread--I use Isacord, Jenny Haskins' thread, or Robison-Anton thread. I rinse the finished designs in room temperature water--but I leave some of the stabilizer to keep the piece stiff when it dries. If you wash out too much, you can always put some scraps of wss in a container and add a bit of water--then re-wet your embroidery piece and let it dry.
The embroidered pieces go together with loops and buttonettes that are built into the designs. Using alligator clamps is the best way to get the buttonettes into the loops--and still keep your sanity!!
These designs are so much fun--I hope you try some!!
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