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Friday, January 31, 2014
Tips on Hanky Construction
Today's tip 1: When shopping in bins of vintage linens don't overlook pieces with no embroidery or pieces with poor embroidery but a nice edge. You will find these real treasures doing hanky pieces but also ALL the time in regular CQ... I just cut out the linen section and keep the edges.
Plus these are usually the cheapest pieces..
With the hankies I use them to finish off unfinished edge as well as layered with other laces as well
Today's Tip #2: Buy things even when you're not quite sure when you'll use them... These circles of crocheted circles have been in my stash for years.
On many of the hankies there were small embroidered motifs (some not anywhere near a corner) I will cut them out and put them in a circle and they will be perfect for filling an odd spot here and there....plus they're not a point.
Today's Tip #3: When you are coming to where several things are going to eventually overlap.... only stitch to about 1-1 1/2" to the end of the patch (trim, lace, etc.) If you leave the ends loose you have the option of trying them several ways before finalizing.
At this point I'm not sure which order these pieces will intersect but I'll show this to you when it is finished.
Today's Tip #4: Even the smallest spots can make a big impression... Since I'm using every opportunity to add more blue to this work, I cut a circle from that blue silk tie and put this tatted circle over it...