Finn on the edge

Now comes the hard part – sewing an edging to the material.
At least it is for me.
The fun is in the tatting – and the end result when it’s completely on the material.  The actual sewing-on is slow.

‘Finn’ edging © Wanda Salmans
I had trouble making up my mind which side of the tatting would be ‘up’, or sewed to the material.  Originally it was supposed to be the other way ’round.  I took a picture of it on my phone both ways  so I could quickly go back and forth to make the decision.
‘Finn’ edging © Wanda Salman close up
When making the edging the rings with only one picot were going to be attached to the material.  Having decided the other side looked better put me in a bind as to how to sew it on.  Laying the rings on top of the material instead of at the edge looks great but it also means sewing each picot down as well as a stitch right at the edge of the material.
Having to flip to the back-side for every stitch to make sure the backing didn’t get caught is a real pain.  It will be worth it but makes the stitching go even slower than usual.
It will be worth it, it will be worth it, it will be worth it.
If said often enough will it make it go easier and faster?
I have a bag with lots of doodles (okay, all over the house I have doodles….) from the tail end of projects, those little bits of thread left on a shuttle that I hate to throw away but isn’t enough to do much with except make butterflies and flowers out of. I was trying to come up with different ways and places to use them when I had a thought.  I don’t know that it was a good one but I have so many of these doodles that will never get used that I’m not wasting anything except maybe my time.
The idea is to make the tatting look like it is part of the wood or metal. These are wooden pieces but I thought maybe it could work on metal as well.  I have some plain metal picture frames that I thought would look cool to have ‘metal’ tatting on them.  I’m not there yet but I’m going to try again.  
If nothing else it’s a fun experiment.
What do you think?
“I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.”
Charles Darwin
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8 thoughts on “Finn on the edge”

  1. That edging is wonderful! I like the idea of the tatting on the wood or metal, but the tatting is maybe too dark – it seems to lose its beauty.

  2. The edging turned out wonderfully and really complements the reds and greens of the cloth.

    I like the tatting on wood, it has a nice rustic look. Did you stain it to match the color?

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