I took my three gold Huck Lace Runners off the loom just after Christmas, and then they languished. I just couldn’t find the time to get to them.
#1 77-1/2 inches on loom
#2 55-1/2 inches on loom
#3 45 inches on loom
Finally, I cut them apart, machine finished the ends with a few lines of zigzag stitching and waited for a clear day to wash them. And waited, and waited, it felt like we had rain every day for weeks. I need a clear day so that I can use racks to flat dry the runners and having them dry outside is preferable. Living on an island on the ‘Raincoast’ means high humidity and I could not bear to add more damp to the house!
I finally gave in and set the racks up in the garage and laid out the runners, three gold ones for me and 2 rosy brick for Ngaire ~ a true plethora of runners.
I think that hems should be generous looking and be in balance with the length of the runner, in this case I wove 5 inches of plain weave, 1-1/2 inches for the fold under, 1-1/2 inches for the reverse side of the runner and 1-1/2 inches for the border on the front of the runner before the pattern begins. The final 1/2 inch is for shrinkage and cutting off the machine zig-zagging I did to hold the fabric while I washed it.
Susan at Thrums gave me. This is a thread conditioner and it prevents the thread from fraying, tangling and twisting upon itself when you are sewing. A really great product that makes the whole job easier.
I never, never, never use spit to wet the sewing thread when I thread the needle. If you are selling the finished product, your customer deserves to have it arrive without your DNA! Use sharp scissors to give you a clean cut and big-eyed needles to help you find the eye if necessary.
I always sew the side portion of the seam closed, this ensures that any raw edges are well protected inside the hem and I use ‘invisible’ running stitches to sew the hem.
After all the hemming is done it only needs a good heavy steam press is the final finishing touch, this runner still needs the Huck Lace areas tamed, still quite a bit bubbling in the plain weave diamonds!
The garden shot today is of Campanula carpatica 'Clips Deep Blue' commonly called a Bellflower, just beginning to show leaves, hidden under last years flower stalks.