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Victorian Fan Machine Embroidery Project

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The pattern for this embroidered fan is found in Jenny Haskin's beautifully photographed book Victorian Splendor; the machine embroidery design is from her Victorian Lace collection on CD. The design was embroidered on my Janome Memory Craft 10000 in rose pink, grape, olive green, and metallic gold and embellished with glitter paint, Hot Fix crystals, and bits of trim and lace. This project will take a day or two to complete, but it is not especially difficult. This fan is large, about 18-20 inches across the bottom edge when completed, and very decorative.

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I used gold silk dupioni for the fabric base of my fan; I aged the color with potassium permanganate (dyeing instructions are provided on this site as separate project). The two stitch building panels were sewn on a Pfaff 7570 sewing machine, but you could utilize whatever stitches you prefer from those offered by your sewing machine manufacturer, so long as you retain the look of the original design. The panels are each completed separately and joined at the bottom; a tassel, a large jeweled button, and beads hide the join. For stability, the panels are connected on the back of the fan at the top edge about 1/3 of the way down using small round lace designs and silk ribbon, hot glued on. This allows the fan to open and close normally.

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I hope you will try this project. It teaches some valuable techniques and is suitable for someone new to machine embroidery.


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