My February Stitch Along week 4
Welcome back to the last week of February Stitch Along, that certainly went quickly and I had a lot of fun with this. Today was no exception as I finished off my coaster set. At first I wasn't sure about cutting up my stitching but once I got underway, I wished I had more to cut up!
First of all I printed and cut out the template shape. I decided to go with the square coaster with rounded corners. I lay the template on the my stitched block but realized I couldn't see the placement well.
So my solution to this was to do what I often do when fussy cutting, use the excess paper from the template and use it as a window.
This way I can see where I want to cut each coaster out.
I can come up with some pretty cool placements...
Unfortunately my block wasn't all that big but I could still move the template around and find suitable positions.
Once I'd made the final decision, I cut out four.
Now just to finish off the edges. For this I wanted to use the dark yarn I'd couched on top at the beginning of the challenge. I changed to a zigzag stitch and tightened up the top tension a little so the bobbin thread pulled up a little. I was hoping by doing this that it wouldn't flatten the yarn or pull it down over the edge. I was trying to create a slight rim like effect to the edge. I also used a contrasting thread - the light thread I used on the first couching I did. I was pleasantly surprised at the result.
Now I bet if I'd tried to get that effect, I would never have been able to!
I completed all my four coasters. They all lay flat and smooth with a rimmed edging. I might just need to make some more of these!
Now let's see what's happening in the gallery