Thursday, 8 February 2018
Hem-stitching banding

Materials needed:
Length of banding
Basting thread
Co-ordinating thread

I usually hem-stitch my banding top and bottom before stitching my sampler but you can do this after you finish your project if you wish

Firstly trim the banding so the edge is straight

Working on the wrong side of the banding fold over the top edge to your required depth of the hem. Mine is ¼"

Fold over again and pin

Baste - I should have used a darker thread - I hope you can see this ok?

Remove two threads where the fold of the hem touches the main part and weave the ends into the hem

Now hem-stitch the folded edge using an away waste knot that can be removed at a later stage. Pick up three threads and pull snugly to open the holes. If you are using the hole-edged banding or lace-edged banding slip stitch both ends into place 

Here is the finished hem. Repeat the above steps to finish off the bottom end of your banding. Remember to mark the front of the banding so your hems are on the same side!

All of the above pictures can be enlarged for a closeup view by clicking on them. 

posted by Carol R at 03:39 | Permalink | 1 comments
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Christmas Spool

Your stitched band
1 wood spool
Thread to match the linen banding
1 metre of chiffon ribbon
1 button with a shank

1 Press your stitched banding - you may care to put iron on interfacing on the back although I didn't.

2 Leave two threads from the stitching and stitch a row of back-stitches over 2 threads

3 Fold the banding at these stitches and then trim to 1cm

3 Wrap the banding around the spool, pin and join the backstitches together by picking up a stitch from each side. Finish off by losing the threads inside.

4 Make two bows from the ribbon. I used the fork method - there are loads of tutorials online of how to do this - wrap twice to get a double bow.

5 Thread the ribbon onto the shank of the button and knot together. Then thread the ribbon through the hole in the spool making sure you lose the knot inside the spool. 

6. Using thread to match your ribbon in your needle pass the thread though the first bow a couple of time and then through the double loops close to the spool. Pass the needle through the second bow and then back and forth a few times through the bows and the loop. Fasten off. Trim the ends of the ribbon bows.

You should now have a finished spool!

This design is called Christmas Spool 2017 and is available in kit form (custom made wood spool, chart and 4cm linen banding) for $25 plus p/p from iStitch Designs *here*

posted by Carol R at 04:20 | Permalink | 0 comments
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Miniature Hornbook


Stitched piece
1 small  piece of card or skirtex
1 small piece of wadding/batting
Glue - I used both Aileen's Crystal Clear Tacky Spray and Aileen's Quick Dry Tacky (not shown in the picture)
Needle and thread
Small hornbook from Image Stitchery Designs (2½" x 2")

Cut the card/skirtex to fit slightly inside the stitched border. 

Spray this card with the Crystal Clear Tacky Spray and place on the wadding/batting. Once this has dried cut around the card

Cut around your stitched piece to leave a ½" margin

Place the card with the batting face down on the back of your stitching and fold this around the card. Mitre the corners before you begin lacing and press. Lace the stitching starting in the middle and working sideways. Repeat to the other end. Lace opposite sides is the same way. When you get to the corners work tiny stitches to close the mitred corners. 

Try to get this as flat as possible. Press again if necessary.

Now spread Eileen's Quick Dry Tacky glue onto the hornbook and place your stitched piece (right side up!) making sure you have even margins all round.

Place pegs around the hornbook and leave to dry. You can also place a weight on top. If any glue squidges out remove it with a cocktail stick before it dries.

You can, if you wish surround your stitching with a twisted cord or any other trim

Although these instructions refer to a 'miniature' hornbook they will, of course, work for any size hornbook

Sew Petite chart is available *here*

posted by Carol R at 05:02 | Permalink | 2 comments
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Quaker Pin Wheel


Stitched piece
2 card circles cut to size. I stitched on 40ct linen and my circles measure 1 1/5"
2 circles cut from wadding/batting the same size as the card circles
1 circle of backing fabric - my circle here measures approximately 2½-3"
Glue - I used Aileen's Quick Dry Tacky as this dries clear
Needle and thread (I used Nymo thread)
Decorative pins

Glue the wadding/batting circles to the card circles and leave to dry. I put a weight on top to ensure they stick evenly

Cut your stitched piece out the same size as the backing fabric. Taking a needle and thread run stitches around the edges of both your stitched piece and the same with the backing fabric 

Place the card with batting against the fabric and in the centre and then pull tight so the fabric gathers around the card and tie

Even out the fabric and then lace tightly in a circular fashion. Try to get the fabrics to lay as close to the card as possible to get a really flat finish

When you are satisfied that your stitching is centred and both pieces are laced tightly and as flat as possible, put glue onto the wrong side/laced sides of both cards leaving a small gap to the outside edge as the glue will squidge out slightly when you put the sides together

Place wrong (glued) sides together and place pegs around the circles and leave to dry. Make sure the edges are held together tightly. If any glue squidges out remove it with a cocktail stick before it dries

Once the glue is dry, evenly space the pins around the wheel - 3 more to go in here. 

If you are not happy with the edges, you can cover this with narrow ribbon, twisted cord or any decorative trim

Voila - three little Quaker pinwheels - A, B and C! 

Sew a Quaker Pinwheel chart is available *here*

posted by Carol R at 03:08 | Permalink | 2 comments
Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Materials needed:
Stitched piece
Co-ordinating thread
Basting thread

I suggest that you make a practice piece before attempting hem-stitching on a precious piece of stitching. Cross stitch a box say 3" x 3" - you can always fill in the centre with a motif or two once you are satisfied with the results.

Working on the back of your fabric, count out three threads away from your stitching at approximately the halfway point of the design and, very carefully, lift and snip the 4th thread. Unweave the cut thread back to where it intersects with the cut threads from the sides. Repeat for all four sides.

Thread a tapestry needle with one of the hanging linen threads and weave the cut threads away from the sampler towards the outside edge of your linen. Repeat for all four sides. Your fabric should look like the fabric was woven with a missing thread in a box all the way round your stitching. 

You now need to create the hem by removing more threads from the sampler. Starting at the top and counting from the missing thread space, count up 9 threads and completely removing the 10th thread. From this missing thread space count up 8 threads and remove the 9th thread and again, from this missing thread space count up 7 threads and remove the 8th thread. This will be your 'cutting line'. Repeat the above on the remaining 3 sides of your sampler. 

Now to mitre the corners. Fold the fabric into the corner and cut the excess fabric from the corner and continue to fold the sides in the same way and pin in place. Baste the hem in place with a basting thread and remove the pins. Do not try to miss out any of the steps as it is far easier to hem-stitch with a basted hem than a pinned hem.

Now for the actual hem-stitching. Start hem-stitchig the folded edge in place, by using an away waste knot which can be removed at a later stage. When you reach a corner, stitch the corners closed on the mitre with an invisible stitch up the seam.

All of these pictures can be enlarged for a closeup view of each step by clicking on them.

Below is Sew Buttons that I used for the step-by-step pictures which chart is still available *here* 

posted by Carol R at 06:15 | Permalink | 2 comments
Monday, 24 October 2011

Materials needed:

Stitched piece
Silk fabric
Hobby Lobby card box
Cotton thread and needle
Mat board
Lace or ribbon
Length of twisted cord or braid
Flat brush for glue

Firstly stain or paint the box and distress if required. Leave the box to completely dry - overnight is preferable.

Cut three pieces of mat board 2.5" x 3.75" (6.4 x 9.5 cms) to fit the 3 inside section of the box and one piece 5" x 7" (17.8 x 12.7 cms) for the top. Cut three pieces of batting slightly smaller than the mat board pieces and the same for the top piece. Glue the batting to the mat board and leave to dry.

Lace the lining fabric to the three smaller pieces of mat board and the stitched piece to the large piece of mat board.

Cut your chosen lace or ribbon trim into 3 lengths of 5" (12.7 cms) each and wrap around the smaller covered pieces and tack at the back

The front should look like the above

The back should look like the above

Glue these pieces into the lid sections and one of the bottom sections of the box

Prepare and finish your pin pillow - do not overstuff it needs to lay flat in the other section in the bottom of the box. Glue the bottom of the section and press the pin pillow into this and leave the glue to dry

Spread glue on the top of the box - use your flat brush to spread it evenly and then centre the stitched piece. There will not be a large gap - just one wide enough for the twisted cord or braiding to fit snugly around the edge of the stitched piece and the edge of the box. Place a heavy book to keep the stitching flat until the glue has dried

Place glue with a flat edged brush around the gap between the stitching and the edge of the box and press the twisted cord/braiding around the stitched piece placing pins as you go to keep it in place and abutting the two end pieces. Once the glue has dried you can remove the pins

Place your favourite scissors, a packet of needles ... in fact anything you want into your finished box and don't forget to add a few pins to decorate your pin pillow

Now find the ideal spot in your home to display your finished box!

Sew a Mystery chart is available *here*

posted by Carol R at 08:33 | Permalink | 6 comments