And My Project for Peek A Who…

Peek A Who Halloween BlogHopI had originally created a set of Owl Placemats. However, they were a commissioned item for someone at Frank’s work. He took the placemats to work with him Tuesday without realizing I hadn’t taken the pictures yet. These were for a birthday gift for his boss, and the woman who was adding them with his other gifts was pestering him to bring the placemats to work, so thinking they were done and they were … he took them to work.. I looked everywhere on Wednesday for those placemats, realizing I should have left them in the sewing room as Frank wouldn’t have touched them if they’d been up here. So, I’ve spent the entire day doing something else, and I love the result, I think more than the Owl placemats… I wish I had a better picture of the end result, but I’ll do that later today and post it here when I have it

So along with my project, I’m going to share some tips on doing Free Standing Lace in your embroidery hoop, because yes, the fastest thing I could think of to finish was something in my hoop. There is simply no way I can cut fabric, piece it and finish it all in one day, I am just no longer that fast… I use to be, but no longer.

All the designs I am featuring in this post today are from
Embroidery by TM

Tereza Boháčová is one of the most talented FSL designers I’ve come across on the web. She has an amazing knack for creating designs that no one else is doing.  I absolutely love love love her designs and best of all, she keeps her prices low which for me is a real bonus. I don’t buy many designs anymore, but FSL is one of my favorite types of stitch outs for machine embroidery as I love lace. If you visit her site you will see what I mean.. She has many wonderful and beautiful designs. Her design stitch out beautifully. They also don’t seem as stiff as some FSL you come across which I love. Not all lace imho has to be stiff. Tereza is also very active in helping people in her Facebook group, and she creates video tutorials for her designs so you can also see how to put some of them together.

So, yesterday I have stitched out some very fun ornaments that I hope you to will enjoy. I had spent a day or two a few weeks ago stitching out these same ornaments to send off to my sister, and she loved them.

Creating FSL Lace is actually quite easy to stitch out.

Most FSL is done in just one color sometimes two colors, but it is becoming more popular to use many colors. Most of my ornaments only used one or two colors, but the graves had quite a few colors.

When you are stitching FSL tho, one of the most important things you need to remember is to use the same color of thread in the bobbin that you’re using on the top. Most of the time I will just wind the same thread on my bobbin also. When I stitch out FSL designs I almost always use Rayon thread, but I have been known to use cotton thread and polyesters depending on the project. The thread type has a HUGE effect on how your FSL will turn out, so it’s important to know which thread type you want to use.

Pick your threads carefully, the coolest thing about FSl is that the design on the right side should look the same on the other side. If it doesn’t it’s because you didn’t use matching threads, or your bobbin may have messed up.

FSL also always needs a Water Soluble stabilizer, also known as WSS. The best and most popular brand is known as Vilene. It’s just absolutely fabulous and is exclusively used by myself. I do not use anything but Vilene when I stitch FSL. I will not scrimp in this area. Vilene is strong enough that you don’t need to use two layers like you do with many other brands of WSS, thus you save money because your only cutting one piece of stabilizer for your hoop.

Once you are done stitching out your designs, it’s time to take the stabilizer off. I gathered my supplies for the ornaments and went to work. Now, normally I would have just dipped these in a bath of very hot water and let them sit for about 15 minutes. I didn’t have that kind of time, because once you do that, you then have to let them air dry, by placing them on a board of styrofoam and pin them down so they stay flat… So I chose to do a little cheater method and this is what I’m going to show you today.

My Supplies
Best Press Starch
Terial Magic
June Tailor Pressing Sheet (Non-Stick)
Cotton Swabs
2 Old Towels
Stitched Out Design on WSS
Small Container for Water


First, we cut around the design, I try to get close to the edge, but I’m usually about a 1/4-inch away from it, I don’t want to cut my design by mistake.

Place a towel over your ironing board, you want to do this because WSS is made up of glue, and as the water melts the glue from the WSS, it will absorb into your towel. You can wash the WSS out of the towel when you put the towel in the washer or let it soak in a sink first.


I fill a small plastic container with very hot water. The hotter the better, when it’s hot, the WSS melts right away, if it’s cold… you might as well put the design in a sink of water as it’s very slow to remove the WSS. Be prepared, if you have stitched a lot of designs, you will need to replace the water once it starts becoming cold, you’ll notice the difference.


Dip a cotton swab into the water,


and working at the edge of your design, lay the swap onto the WSS, it should melt away onto the towel.

DSCN2851Continue doing this all around the design. You can rub the cotton swab across it, but it’s better to just lay it in place and roll it across the stabilizer. You may find that your towel starts to get sticky, just move your towel and work in another area of the towel. Your hands will also get some glue on them, but it’s like dry Elmers glue, it will rub off, or wash off in the sink.

DSCN2852Now this method doesn’t remove all of the stabilizers, it was still in my design, but I do not mind this, these ornaments are not going to get washed in the washer and the WSS will give it a little bit of body. If you do decide to “sink” it in water, the biggest reason to let it soak is so you remove all of the glue, if the glue isn’t fully removed and you let it dry, your ornament will be very stiff from all the glue. When I do soak, I always also rinse it when I’m taking it out of the water I soak it in, thus I remove any remaining glue that might have stayed or soaked into the design.

When I do ornaments tho, I want there to be a certain amount of stiffness…



but not the amount that WSS leaves in if it’s soaked in water. I still want the ornament to have some body to it. I make my ornaments stiff again but only stiff enough to hold a standing position, they will still be pliable. Even tho I left the WSS in these ornaments, I still did this process. Many people might prefer starch for there stiffening, but I do not like starch as much


Lay your ornaments on a clean towel with the wrong side of the design on top.


and using either Best Press or Terial Magic, spray onto your design.

DSCN2859Expect some curling… you can lay them flat again,
but if the WSS is still in the design, you will have curling, you won’t have it if you soaked in water and got all the glue out.


Lay your Non-Stick Pressing Sheet over the designs


and iron… not press, iron over the design for a few moments, DSCN2861making sure the ornaments are dry.

DSCN2862Hopefully, they lay in your hands and don’t feel stiff, but feel like they will not wobble when you hang them. They should still be pliable.

I normally do this technique after soaking my ornaments, but I loved how these turned out and may just not soak all the WSS out of my ornaments in the future.

and this is how my ornaments looked…

However, Mozele Brown, last week posted a picture of her designs she’d stitched out

on a cool display tree, she got at Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t find that tree at Hobby Lobby or even in their online store, but I did find one like it at Target, so I picked that up and am going to show you the ornaments on that tree…

This is how my ornaments look on the tree…

I wish I had a better backdrop for you, but I really needed to get this post done, and perhaps later today I’ll find a better backdrop and will replace these pictures.

Slightly Better Backdrop

Either or, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my project today and don’t forget to get the last Free Monster pattern here.

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59 thoughts on “And My Project for Peek A Who…

  1. Whoot! WHOOT! Lucky me! I’m a Cutting Mat winner! I just ordered my 24×36 mat from Amazon. I’ll let you know what I think when it arrives!

  2. Thank you for the cute ornament tutorial. I have sent it on to a friend of mine 2.5 hr away since she has an émbroidery machine. The next time I am with her we will make these and probably others from the website. It was a fun blog hop. Always picking up pointers sometimes a pattern. Thank you for running these hops as often as you do.

  3. Your ornaments are great! Beautiful job! Thank you for this fun Hop…lovin all the different creations, tips & pattern shared.. 🙂 Thank you for all your hard work to set up the Hops too.. please know you are soooo appreciated by us all 🙂

  4. Your ornaments are so cute. Thank you for the free monster patterns and all the work that you do! You are such an inspiration!!

  5. These are really cute, and thanks for the tips. I have some that I need to embroider myself but never got around to doing it. You have inspired me.

  6. I hate it when I accidentally forget to take pictures of my projects so I do feel your pain. The ornaments are so cute – I especially thought that pumpkin was great. I’ll check out the designs by Tereza. Thanks for another fun hop, Marian. You do a fabulous job of organizing.

  7. Marian, these are sooo cute! Great last minute project. You did a wonderful job and thanks for sharing about the water soluble. I’m guessing they are done on a embroidery machine?

  8. All of those are gorgeous! Thinking ghosts on towels would be festive in the bathroom..hmmmm. Thanks for sharing your talents and creativity with this great hop you organized…fun, fun, fun.

  9. Marian These ornaments are great. So fun!!! Thanks so much for hosting this event, i got lots of ideas and a few more blogs to follow. Thanks, agsin,
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

  10. I love these ornaments and the way you do them is great. Going to try that method when I get to working on new Christmas ornaments … need to hurry. I love the monster blocks and have downloaded most of this weeks. I would love to buy what I haven’t gotten but don’t see them on Crafty … Thanks again.

  11. Thanks for all the effort you put into this fun blog hop. I love your if first you don’t succeed, try again (with the case of the missing owl placemats). Love those embroidery stitched ornaments.

  12. Great ornaments and tutorial! Thanks for another wonderful hop! All your hard work was greatly appreciated and enjoyable!

  13. I had never heard the term “Free Standing Lace” before. I often learn interesting things from you! Thanks so much.

  14. Thank you for those tips Marian 🙂 I have some some FSL and I like it too! I love your ornaments and headed over to see Tereza’s shop. LOL the skellie in a TuTu is adorable.

    Happy Halloween and thanks again for all the hard work and this great shop!

  15. Wow! Thanks for the tutorial on the FSL. I haven’t tried it but I have a friend that does it all the time. (it helps that she works in a sewing machine store and can embroider while she works!). And bummer about the owl placemats…I hate when that happens!! Thanks for all your work, once again with the blog hop. Sew inspiring!

  16. Wonderful ornaments. Thanks for the detailed how-tos. I am sure the place mats were cute, too. Thank you, Marian, for a wonderfully creative blog hop. Well done, all! … 🙂 Pat

  17. Your ornaments are great! Perfect decorations for the house. So sorry we didn’t get to see your owl placemats. I bet they were cute. Thank you for another wonderful blog hop. This has been such a lot of fun!

  18. Stitching ornies are fun and make great package ties for the upcoming holidays too. Thanks for hosting another fun hop!

  19. Stitching ornies are fun and make great package ties for the upcoming holidays too. Thanks for hosting another fun hop!

  20. Those are adorable! Although I know it took some time to make them, they seem fast, even with all the end soak/wash/spray/iron part. Thank you so much for sharing these. If something is going to happen, Marian, it seems to happen to you! LOL That Frank! =) Maybe he can get a picture for you at the party for his boss? That’s a great wrap to a wonderful hop!

  21. Those are terrific ornaments and look great on the tree. I am sure the placemats were fabulous, too. Maybe someone can take a picture for you? Thanks for another great Halloween hop.

  22. Those ornaments are amazing! I think I need to ask Santa for an embroidery machine….

    This has been an enjoyable blog hop, and I thank you for putting it all together for us!

  23. Such cute ornaments! I love digitizing and stitching FSL. Good tips on removing the stabilizer as well! I would have loved to have seen your owl placemats too, though!! Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop. I’m looking forward to next year already!

  24. Your ornaments are great. Your post made me chuckle. Thanks for organizing and hosting another great blog hop!

  25. Sorry about your placemats, I know they were super wonderful. Thank you for sharing about these adorable ornaments. Going to have to give this a try. Thank you for such a fun hop.

  26. Amazing how that lace is created. It makes me appreciate the many hours that must have gone into making the hand made lace of years gone by. I would have loved seeing your owl placemats as well.

  27. Your ornaments and tree look great! I had to smile when I read about you looking for your placements when your husband had taken them to work. My husband is forever moving and/or rearranging things so that I can’t find what I’m looking for. I spend a lot of time searching for things 🙂

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