Monday, March 10, 2014

Caroline's Wedge Finishing Instructions

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Caroline says ...

"I take no credit for this type of finishing. The honors go to Cathy Habermann of Hands On Designs. She has a finishing business as well as being a designer.

Let’s see if I can describe this procedure so you can follow it! The stitched piece is laced onto foam core board. The back is mat board exactly the same size as the front. The “other piece” is also mat board. All are covered with a thin batting before fabric is applied.

The “other piece”. This is the hardest to describe. First blind stitch the front and back together at the top. Cathy suggests that the base be 2 inches wide, so stand the front and back “tepee” up with the bottom edges 2 inches apart and measure the distance from the base to the inside of the peak of the tepee. Now cut a piece of mat board that is 2 inches wide and the length is the width of your front plus twice the length of the measurement to the peak. Is that clear?

As an example, for my pumpkin, the front and back are 7 inches wide and 5 ½ inches high. The height on the ends was 5 ¼ inches.

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So I cut my strip of mat board 2 inches wide and 17 ½ inches long. (5 ¼ + 7 + 5 ¼ = 17 ½ ) Draw a line across the mat board 5 ¼ inches from each end. Mark the middle of the ends and connect this mark to the sides of the line across and trim the ends to points. Now you have a long strip with points on both ends. Lightly score the mat board on the lines at the bases of the triangles. This makes it so it bends up more easily.

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The batting and fabric is placed on the scored side of this strip. I used a few short pieces of double sided tape to hold the batting in place (trimmed to be even with the edge of the mat board) and then used Tacky glue to hold the fabric in place. When the glue is dry, blind stitch this long strip in place, starting at one lower corner of the stitched piece and go across the bottom, up one side of the triangle, down the other side of the triangle and across the bottom of the back. Now you will have a triangular flap on one end. Cathy suggested weighting the piece, so now you stuff it about half full of fiberfill, add weight (she uses B-Bs in a small zip lock bag) and then fill the rest with fiberfill. Close the flap and finish stitching the rest of the way around. Now it is done or can have trim or feet added. I used wooden beads for feet and long pins with large heads that I spray painted brown to hold them on. My trim is jute that I 4-strand braided and glued on.


Click on the link below for a pdf of these instructions.

Wedge Finishing Instructions

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