Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Needlework Tuesday - I'm seeing white

Yes, I am seeing white, but it's not snow, it's white table cloth fabric and trim.  While I was visiting my aunt and uncle in October, my sister volunteered me to stitch some mats for their tables. After pondering the challenge, I decided on the materials and techniques to use.

I purchased some white table cloth fabric.  It's really wide, so a half metre gave me lots to play with (in case of mistakes). I also purchased eight metres of trim.

You've probably seen table runners and place mats where the trim has shrunk and pulled in the edges of the mat. Looks awful.  I didn't want that to happen and knew I would need to pre-wash the trim. The tag didn't tell me anything helpful.  One natural fibre and one man-made. Well, I knew I had to wash it and deal with the results.  I put all the trim in a large bowl of warm water, swished it around and left it for about 20 minutes.  Then I drained the water, squeezed out some more and then laid it out on a towel in a spiral so I didn't have any folds.  I measured it afterward and it was still approximately the same length. I was surprised.

I made a paper template and cut out the oval shapes I wanted.  My first thought was to zigzag the edges and add the trim over top.  That didn't work as it resulted in a fuzzy mess. Instead, I stitched the trim on the inside edge to the wrong side of the fabric lining it up along the edge. Then I trimmed the fabric back about half way to the stitching line. In the photo above you can see at the right, the edges of the trim peeking out. Then I folded the trim to the front and stitched it down once again, along the inside edge.  Now the cut edge of the fabric is nicely enclosed and no more fraying.

I tried to take a photo of the finished mat, but it's just a blur of white.

I have a few more to make and then will be sending them off to my aunt.

This was a more fussy project than I thought it would be, but I decided that it would be worth my effort to take my time and work through it. I am most pleased with the end result.  Some projects I do are easy and don't require me to pay too much attention and others are like this, where I have to either pin every inch or carefully place every stitch.  Which ever type it is, I enjoy it all.  If I'm not enjoying myself, then I am doing something wrong.  Stitching is my hobby and that means it should be fun for me.

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Marie said...

Nice! I've definitely seen place mats and table runners where the edging has shrunk and the item will never again lie flat. I probably even have a few. How clever of you to wash the trim first.

I don't mind fussy projects, but I don't like it when they sneak up on me. When I start a project I like to know what I'm in for. I think that's how I end up with some of my UFOs.

Have a great week!

Sherrie said...

Hi Heather,
Beautiful table mats. Love the edging you used.
Have a great day!

Roslyn said...

A lot of snow and a little sewing so far this week but I am hoping to sew more tomorrow!

Tami said...

The time you committed to doing this project right paid off. I tend to get in a hurry and then am not pleased with the restults. The edging is beautiful and I love your innovative idea for attaching it.

You are so right about enjoying whatever you are sewing. I spent too much time trying to sew what I thought I SHOULD sew (huge, complicated quilts) but finally admitted that that's just not my thing. I sew what I enjoy and leave it at that.