Have you ever wanted to know the secrets of Beautiful Finishing? Learn Victoria Sampler's special bellpull finishing secrets using Thea's new "Stitching is my Passion" design!
1. Our first model is shown at upper left of cover photo. You can use this method for any design, no matter how big or small it is. Just be sure to adjust the measurements of the fabric and choose proportionately sized double bellpull hardware. The Fold Over method is simple and elegant, flexible yet firm, and hides the back of your stitching under your choice of backing fabric while adding that extra touch of perfection to your precious stitching.
2. The second method of finishing bellpulls is with "Hemstitching". Perhaps this method is a bit more complicated, but if you carefully follow Lisa’s easy directions, you too can create an Heirloom like the model shown on the front cover at right. The withdrawing and re-weaving of the fabric threads takes a bit of care, but as soon as you’ve done this, the rest follows naturally. Use the step by step photos on the following pages, and see how Lisa shows you the easiest way!
3. The third method to finish bellpulls is with a simple edging stitch called the "Blanket Stitch". It is shown on the front cover at the lower left. The Main Chart and the diagrams will help you with placement of the Blanket Stitches. Any bellpull can be finished this way, but it particularly lends itself to bellpulls that already include Hardanger as part of the design. All you do is edge around the outside with the Blanket Stitches, cut away the excess fabric, and attach the flap to a bellpull hardware as shown. Finishing has never been so easy!!
The lovely "Stitching is My Passion" design is one that lends itself to the three different methods of finishing, and you can choose which chart to follow according to the method of finishing you want to use.
- Design Area: 40w x 71h (3.85" wide x 5" high)
- Model: 28ct Antique White Quaker Cloth: (Cut 8" X 12" for all three finishing methods)
Materials needed to stitch the models shown:
- DMC #8 Perle Cotton #3743 - antique mauve
- Kreinik #4 Braid #002 gold
- Kreinik Mori #4206 green dk
- Kreinik Mori #4204 green med
- Kreinik Mori #6126 antique mauve dk
- Kreinik Mori #6124 antique mauve med
- Kreinik Mori #6123 antique mauve lt
- Kreinik Mori #8000 white
- Thread Gatherer SNC #091 Medieval Mulberry
- SJ Designs 2.5mm pearl beads lilac
- Access Cape Amethyst Hearts
- 1/8” Offray white ribbon
Extra Materials Needed to finish all three Models:
- Cotton sewing thread - light contrasting colour
- Cotton sewing thread - matching colour to stitched design
- Contrasting fabric (cotton - solid colour for under cut areas)
- Backing fabric (cotton - colour to match linen)
- Lightweight Iron-on Interfacing
- Lightweight Fusible Pellon
- Roller blade, ruler and cutting mat
- Sewing Needle
- #24 tapestry needle
- #10 beading needle
- sharp embroidery scissors
Stitches used in the "Stitching is my Passion" Sampler:
- Kloster Blocks
- Blanket Stitches
- Partial Dove's Eyes
- Large Cross
- Lazy Daisies
- Upright Cross
- Diagonal Foursided Stitch
- Star Stitch
- Cross Stitch
- Petit Point Cross Stitch
- Queen Stitches
- Bowtie Variation
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