Freestanding Lace Flower Fascinator with Filaine Thread
by Anna He, Seattle Cosplay
Create a flower fascinator using freestanding lace designs and Filaine thread by Sulky. This project is a great starting point for a quick Halloween costume (wear all green and call yourself a bouquet!) and also is a fun addition to your every-day wardrobe.
I have a fall/winter costume on my bucket list and to go along with it is a pretty pastel colored fascinator. The Filaine thread is an excellent choice for a handmade look while using my embroidery machine to stitch out freestanding lace (FSL).
When I first got the thread, I was impressed by its slightly fuzzy texture that leads to a dreamy romantic finished look. This is exactly what I was looking for. I found a few FSL floral designs on Etsy and quickly got to work.
Filaine vs Rayon
What I quickly realized is that while FSL designs needs a crosshatch stitching that serves as the foundation where the design is stitched up on, Filaine is too thick for this. In my trial, I nearly over heated my machine’s motor and the end result was very bulky and stiff.
Because of this, I then used Sulky 40 wt. rayon for the majority of the flower fascinator designs and used Filaine only for the outlines and highlights. The result is super cute!
Here is a comparison of the two methods.
When the laces are done and stabilizers washed away, the lace petals held its shape. It created really 3D organic-looking curls. This flower fascinator is so easy to make. I hand stitch everything down to the teardrop form, then again to the headband.
Tips for Using Filaine Thread for the Flower Fascinator
- Use a size 100 or 110 Organ needle
- Single layer of Ultra Solvy for stabilizer
- Slow down the embroidery speed to Medium
- Brush clean the needle bar and bobbin case often to eliminate fiber build up
- Reduce the stitch density by 10%, or enlarge the design by 10% without changing stitch count if possible
- Use Sulky 60 wt. bobbin thread or invisible thread for bobbin
I hope you will try out this gorgeous thread with very luxe textures. And I can’t wait to show you the finished costume! Follow me on social media to keep up with behind the scenes and work-in-progress updates!