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My first flatfold, a gift in the mail and instructions for fringing a small pillow.

Hi to all my blogging friends. I have had a lovely week this week, my friend called around for lunch yesterday, we had salmon and cucumber sandwiches followed by cream cakes and plenty of cross stitch chat. My friend bought me a lovely bouquet of flowers and some chocolates, they really made my day very special, thankyou Diane!
Whilst my friend was visiting I received a parcel in the post, I thought it was an exchange so I was quite excited about it, however, when I opened the parcel I got a lovely surprise, it was not an exchange but a gift of a tatting shuttle and instruction booklets from a lady who read my blog and saw that I would like to take up tatting, or at least make an attempt. She asked me for my address and she sent me this lovely gift, I was so thrilled. I will post a picture on my next post. Thankyou Kate, it was very kind of you.
I thought I would attempt a different  finish on this gingerbread house and so I decided to make a flat fold, I am going to trim it with a polymer clay cane in red and white to match the design but I have not got around to it yet, and it may be after Christmas before I do, so I thought I would show the picture’s now.
It is from The Gift Of Stitching Magazine 2008, Issue 34, page 42 and the designer is Olive Dyck of Olive Hope Designs. I stitched it on 25 count Dublin Lugana linen in pale blue.
Fringing instructions for my little pillow ornament
I have been asked on a number of occasions how I do the fringing on my little pillow’s, so I have decided to put together some finishing instructions. This is the pillow that I showed in my previous post.
All pictures are clickable for a close up view.
Cut the fabric exactly along the thread line of the fabric.
Pin the fabric in place onto the felt.
Count the thread lines from the design edge, in this case you can see I have counted two thread lines from the edge and started the blanket stitch. When you turn the corner you will still need to count two thread lines from the edge to ensure it is perfectly square. See the picture below.
When you have stitched the blacket stitch all around, only then do you pull out the threads to create the fringing. If you have cut it straight along the thread lines at the beginning you will not have any problems here, however, please be careful when you are stitching the blanket stitch, ensuring that you do not pull it out of shape when stitching it to the felt backing fabric.
 Cut another piece of felt the same size as the front and blanket, stitch it together leaving a small opening for stuffing the pillow and then continue blanket stitching to close it together.
Now you are ready to trim it how you wish.
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. December 11, 2009 / 1:28 pm

    wow…the flat fold looks gorgeous…

    thank you for sharing the ornament finishing technique

  2. December 11, 2009 / 1:29 pm

    Congrats on your first flatfold, there's something about firsts that we always hold dear, don't you think?

    Thx for the great fringe tutorial, another finishing option is always appreciated.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. December 11, 2009 / 1:34 pm

    What a lovely gift from Karen. There really are some incredible people out there and kindnesses like these are a wonderful reminder. Can't wait to see your tatting!

    I love your little flatfold. This is such a sweet design. I think it's my favourite way of finishing. I like the way a piece of stitching can be displayed so easily and effectively.
    Thanks too for the fringing instructions. It's a really nice way to finish some of these primitive designs.
    Warm wishes Angela

  4. December 11, 2009 / 1:35 pm

    Love your first flatfold! And thank you for your directions on the fringing and how to make that style of ornament. I'll have to bookmark this. So simple, yet so pretty!

  5. December 11, 2009 / 3:19 pm

    The flatfold looks great. The candy cane fabric is very cute.
    Thanks for the fringing instructions. I'll have to save that for a bookmark…

  6. December 11, 2009 / 3:20 pm

    Love your flat fold. It looks perfect!

    Thank you so much for sharing your finishing technique.

  7. December 11, 2009 / 3:21 pm

    What great finishes and gift. Thanks for the fringe instructions, I will have to give it a try.

  8. December 11, 2009 / 3:22 pm

    Your first flatfold turned out absolutely perfect! I love the trim and backing on it! And thank you so much for sharing your finishing instructions. I will definitely have to bookmark these instructions for the future.

  9. December 11, 2009 / 4:38 pm

    You stitched ornament is so pretty! You do such lovely work! What a nice gift from Karen (I'm not sure who she is) to send that tatting shuttle and booklets! How very thoughtful! It sure seems like most people in the tatting online community are very generous and kind people. I look forward to seeing your post about it!

  10. December 11, 2009 / 11:29 pm

    Lovely flatfold! And thanks for the tutorial. It's great to have more finishing ideas.

  11. December 11, 2009 / 11:30 pm

    Thank you for showing us how to make that ornament!!!!! I'll have to try it out~~
    Your flat fold is gorgeous!!!!! Great job finising it~~~

  12. December 11, 2009 / 11:44 pm

    Isn't it fun to try something new, Lynn?! I love your flatfold–have yet to attempt one myself, but I will give it a try in the future. Your ornament tutorial is so helpful…thanks for the inspiration!

  13. December 11, 2009 / 11:45 pm

    Your flatfold looks wonderful Lynn.

  14. December 12, 2009 / 5:29 pm

    Lovely ornaments, and thanks for the tutorial.

  15. December 12, 2009 / 11:28 pm

    Beautiful finishes Lynn. I want to do a flatfold on a Mirabilia Angel I stitched last year. x

  16. December 13, 2009 / 6:01 pm

    Lynn! is fantastic, I love it and than you very much for thte tutorial!
    Have a good day!

  17. December 13, 2009 / 6:01 pm

    Thats a very helpful tutorial! The little pillow is adorable :)

  18. December 13, 2009 / 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial and your flat fold is beautiful. You did a great job.

  19. December 14, 2009 / 4:21 pm

    Love your flat fold. Thanks a lot for the how-to on fringing!!! I saw this lovely TV cover that my aunt had done about 30 years back. She had cross stitched the design and given a fringing finish. Ever since I saw that I have been wondering how to do it. Thanks again :)

  20. November 20, 2010 / 6:59 pm

    It's perfect!
    Thanks for the tutorial