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Here is one of my latest stitching projects, a needlebook with fimo clay roses trimmed with a butterfly.
I was contacted by a lady who wished to use an alphabet that I use frequently in some of my stitching projects, unfortunately I could not remember where I downloaded it from, (although I think it was the DMC website) and I thought I had deleted it from my computer, so I offered to send it in the post to her.
I always like to make the trip to the post office a worthwhile journey, so I decided to make a
RAK (a random act of kindness for those of you that are new to blogging) and I sent this needlebook with the paper pattern. It just so happened to be this lady's birthday this week, which was a nice surprise for her.
Happy Birthday Jane!
My pinkeep finishing instructions
I have been asked on a number of occasions if I could provide details of how I finish my projects, so I decided to start off with my version of how I finish pinkeeps. I do not like using glue on my projects, but I did use it to add the ribbon on this pinkeep because I think it made for a better finish.
Stitched piece for the front
Fabric for the back
Ribbon, pins and extras for decoration.
Iron on the interfacing over the design on the back of the linen
Layer the materials - linen or fabric, wadding and cardboard.
You can use cereal packets, but I tend to use double thickness as it gives a better result. This is the first time
I used corrugated cardboard, I thought it gave a neat finish, however, I know some people use foam board but I have never tried this.
Lace with cotton sewing thread or use stranded cotton.
Ensure the corners are square
ensuring the linen is square on the right side, stitch down the corners.
Lace across the other side
By now your two pieces should look like this
Place the smaller piece of wadding in the middle
Stitch all around the edge ensuring you stitch on the same thread line of the linen
as this will ensure the fabric is not pulled out of line and will look neat from the front.
Glue the ribbon around the edge with fabric glue