Today is the finishing post for the wool stitch along penny rug. Just a few tips to show you the way I like to finish mine. Fast and simple is is the goal. Here’s the finished project to tempt you, LOL!! You can still see the steps and get the pattern on the previous Sunday posts.
I use fusible stabilizer on the backside of the stitched piece, mainly the ends and bits left over from other projects. I fuse to the stitching side with a hot iron no steam, according to the directions for the brand. Be sure to read the instructions on yours. This does two things, it locks down the stitches so it is less likely that they will become loose over time, and adds some body to the finished piece.
Next, audition your base color. I thought about this green as it went well with the buttons and set off the rust appliques. I also tried out a rust base color, which accented the buttons more than the appliques, so I went with the green.
Lay your applique piece on the base, and mark a cutting line 1/2-inch away from the edge of the applique piece. I use a Chaco chalk marker for thin lines, like this one – Clover Chaco Liner.
The thin lines are easy to see for cutting and brush off easily.
Trim to the line with your Perfect Scissors. The drawing for the Karen Kay Buckley scissors was this morning, so if you didn’t get an email, order your pair with my affiliate links at Fat Quarter Shop HERE or at Amazon 7-1/2-Inch Perfect Scissors, 6-inch Perfect Scissors, and 4-inch Perfect Scissors.
Pin in a few places to keep the piece in place. Using two strands of matching or contrasting color floss, begin the stitching of the base by burying the knot between the layers.
For the edge, I think a deep whip stitch looks nice, kind of folk art style. Blanket stitch would also work well, your preference.
Continue all the way around, catching just the top of the base layer so no stitches show on the underside.
After your last stitch, make one more just catching a bit of wool to knot off.
Pass through the loop just once.
Pull securely but not too tight, the knot is tiny and really won’t be noticeable.
Now insert the needle between the layers on the edge right at the knot, and bring up at some point in the interior of the top piece.
Pull up slightly and cut the floss.
The end of the floss will retract behind the top, disappearing.
Display with a candle or other autumn decorative piece.
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