Dec 16, 2012

Mary Beale wreath


Hi.  Sadness seems to be the only emotion I'm capable of right now so this post is to show the steps of the piped finish and not much else.  Once again, please don't think I'm showing this because I know more than you.  It's more of a reference for me and others can point out flaws in my methods and teach me other ways.  This was done on 28 count and perfectly fits an 8 inch round frame.  I may look for one with an easel back to set in a display, to see if I prefer it outlined with a dark wood. 
I purchased piping instead of making my own.  A plate was used to create a template an inch larger than the design.  Holding the linen and template to light, I centered and pinned, then outlined in chalk pencil on the right side.  Medium fusible interfacing was used on both front and backing, but the front was cut smaller since I didn't want it in the seam with the piping.
Holding the raw edge of the piping to the outline, I sewed against the piping with a zipper foot and basting stitch.  As with any piping work, I opened the tape and cut out an inch of the cord, turned under the raw edge, cut and inserted the other end to meet inside.  Folded the open tape over, pulled the raw edges to tighten around the inserted piece and sewed the overlapped end. 

I turned the seam allowance edges to the back and checked to see if the design was centered and made any adjustments to the piping. The backing was lined up and sewn to the front following the stitching line I created when attaching the piping.

I cut the thickest quilt batting to fit, and cut the mylar at least a 1/4" smaller than the seam lines with a hole in the center for sewing the button.  Originally I cut it the same as the batting, but when the batting puffed the piece, the mylar became too tight.  I rolled the mylar to fit inside, then slid the batting onto each side of it and adjusted by inserting a ruler to smooth it out. 

I didn't like the covered button because it didn't show up at all so I just looked in my button box and found a large very odd dark brownish green that went well with the colors in the design.  That may change.  I didn't want the hanger the same as the piping and will use a heavy twisted hemp that matches the linen.  I sewed a muslin prototype before deciding on creating a center hole for a true wreath, but it was just too small and piping was too crowded.  I left the bottom area open for turning and the mylar really allows a nice curved finish, same as I use on the pears. 
I also received a wonderful stitched gift in the mail and will show you next time.  I haven't figured out the fringe application yet (prior post), and Leanna was kind enough to offer the Larkshead Knot as a possibility.  Sure looks like it, but this seems to be a continuous stitch.  I hope to figure it out soon because I'm liking it more and more.  That's it for now.
Thanks for visiting. 

52 comments:

MartyG said...

Hey, this looks really great. I love the button in the middle. I was worried about you cutting the center out! Thanks for sharing.

llknbillburg said...

WOW is all I can say! This is truly georgeous. Your solution to the center cutting issue is great!

DianeM said...

I know how you feel, as I go about my regular routine, every once in awhile the magnitude of what has happened resurfaces & the disbelief & sorrow is overwhelming...
But I do love your stitchery with the pine wreath as the background & the button in the middle. It's a beautiful finish :)
-DianeM

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

I am feeling the same way. Hard to focus on much this weekend. I'm stitching just to keep sane.
Your finish is just lovely and you do such a great job on your tuts.
Hugs, Nan

pj said...

I love, love, love this inside the wreath...and the button is perfect touch. Good job!!!! You always come up with something creative. It looks great and hope you enjoy it this holiday season.

Thanks for sharing your technique.
pam in iowa

Jenny said...

I too share the same feelings of sadness and disbelief. I am a first grade teacher and this has really hit home....Thank you for taking the time to share your stitching. It is absolutely beautiful. I love the button in the middle and the wreath surrounding it. Lovely...just lovely!

Laura said...

What a gorgeous wreath!!! It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Deb said...

I think that all of us feel the same way about the events of this past week. So senseless, and so sad!

You did the most perfect job of finishing off your Mary Beale piece. I've bookmarked this post because I have a few things that are similar to this and wasn't quite sure how to go about it. Your instructions are perfect.

suemillerlynn said...

Love your wreath!! Your post from yesterday regarding the fringe...Could it possibly be turkeywork??? I did this stitch years ago and after you cut the loops it would look just like the picture shown.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Another beautiful finish. I like the button you used in the center of the wreath.
Our hearts are broken over the senseless tragedy in CT.

suemillerlynn said...

Love your MB wreath and I understand how you feel about cutting the center. I feel the same way whenever I have to cut a stitched piece. Regarding the fringe on an earlier post..Could it possibly be turkeywork?? I remember doing this stitch years ago. Once you cut the loops it looks just like the picture shown.

Sweet Sue said...

Another sorrowful heart here in NY. Swooning over your creative finish Marly, well done:) Happy Stitchy Holidays and all the best to you in 2013!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Gorgeous!!!
Linda

Margaret said...

Clever of you to put a button in the middle!!! It's wonderful. And thanks for the tutorial too. I have never done piping so I didn't know about taking out an inch of the inner piping stuff to finish it. Doh. lol!

Carolyn said...

Oh my goodness! Marly, this is beyond awesome and the most creative thing I've ever seen. I LOVE it with the greenery around it. It accents your beautiful stitching and finishing.

I can't even think about the events that have happened this week. It's made me sick to my stomach. All we can do is pray for those that are left behind, the first responders, those that have gone to their forever home, and everyone else that has been touched by this....which is all of us.

Thank you for always sharing your wonderful talents with us.

Solstitches said...

You do the most awesome finishes Marly. This one is spectacular and different to anything I've seen. I love what you've done. It looks gorgeous displayed in the wreath.

Margaret

Krista said...

Beautiful finish, Marly. I love this piece and the sentiment it gives.

Primitive Stars said...

Marly, I love it, I see no flaws, Francine.

Chris said...

Beautiful finishing!

Loraine said...

This has been a tragic week for our nation. So sad indeed.

On a brighter note, your finishing is amazing. I love the button in the center and your instructions are wonderful. I personally want to thank you for all of the time you take to post your "how to's." You have inspired and helped me many times. Don't let negative people discourage you from helping out the rest of us, who need your help!

Lanie said...

Hi Marly, I love your "Mary Beale". Love how you finished her ... so pretty ... so unique ... so creative. I think you should write a book with all you clever finishing ideas ... I'd buy 2!

Carole W. said...

Marly, love how you finished this.....particularly, as it sits in the center of a wreath...you are so clever! Thanks for sharing your expertise.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Tres GORGEOUS Miss Marly! But, wowswers...you are miles and miles ahead of me in the finishing department. I used to be a fairly decent seamstress and even hand tailored a winter coat (many moons ago) - but this, this I could not do....holy cats! You're too stinking talented..... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Vickie said...

Mary is Fab u lous! Love it.
Marly, I cannot even believe there is new evil happening in Newtown. It is truly horrible. We need to pray.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Holy Crow, you're such a talented lady.
Mary Beale's wreath is wonderfully incredible. I like the pipping ... a simpler finish to not distract from the actual design.

Don't mean to end on a sad note, but to me when God is being pushed out of the schools, evil is creeping in.

Anyways, Keep the Christmas Spirit with Peace, Love & Blessings to all,
Barb

cucki said...

Wow it is looking so beautiful xxx

Catherine said...

Simply beautiful!

Karen said...

Beautiful finish....just love it with the greenery!

happy stitching...

Myra said...

That looks fabulous! Thank you sharing the tutorial. I am lazy and waiting for you to figure out that fringe. LOL I was thinking of the larkshead knot too. I need to stitch up a little something so I can give it a try.

Judy said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your technique.

Judy Heartland stitcher

P.J. said...

The button is perfect!! Your stitching is beautiful and dagnab, your finish is gorgeous. Lovely work lady. Thank you for sharing the tutorial, always nice to see how it's done.

Keep on stitching. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Barb said...

Your Wreath looks just perfect!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Lovely! I am so impressed!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Beautiful finish.
My heart aches for the families. How does one continue on after experiencing firsthand true evil? Sad. So sad.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Ginny said...

Your wreath is beautiful. You did a wonderful job of finishing it.

quiltygirl1 said...

I so appreciate you showing us how to finish stitching projects, and thank you so very much. It is a truly beautiful finish.
As a retired 2nd grade teacher, I am so saddened by this tragic event. I had a parent who would show up in my room, proceed to cuss me out over a pencil lost or whatever he was upset about and the principals were frightened of him as they always disappeared when he showed up. As a Christian, I did a lot of praying when he appeared and also, at the beginning of our school day when we had a moment of silence. Thanks be to Him who protected my children.

quiltygirl1 said...

I so appreciate you showing us how to finish stitching projects, and thank you so very much. It is a truly beautiful finish.
As a retired 2nd grade teacher, I am so saddened by this tragic event. I had a parent who would show up in my room, proceed to cuss me out over a pencil lost or whatever he was upset about and the principals were frightened of him as they always disappeared when he showed up. As a Christian, I did a lot of praying when he appeared and also, at the beginning of our school day when we had a moment of silence. Thanks be to Him who protected my children.

Rebecca said...

Your wreath is perfect, don't change a thing on it. I would have never thougth of the mylar. Thanks for the tutorial. This pattern has been in my stash for ever. Your tutorial gives me confidence to due this. I have always been nervous about the cutting the center. I saw one that somebody finished years ago that honestly looked awful. Your is absolutely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

That is a gorgeous finish! It certainly beats plain old, ho-hum framing.

One of the few things that has lightened my heart after what has happened is that my 12 year old niece just performed as Clara in "The Nutcracker." She loves ballet so much, and keeps working so hard at it. It is wonderful to see her achieve her goals.

Rita said...

I think we're all touched by the senseless tragedy in CT. I keep praying for the families who lost their loved ones.

Your wreath turned out beautifully!

Paula said...

Your work is beautiful.
Paula

riakaartenencreaties said...

Wat een prachtige kersthanger,mooie kleuren.
En heel mooi afgewerkt,groetjes ria.

Anne said...

Brilliant tutorial Marly! Loooove the wreath! So unique and beautiful!! I'm quite sad too. I couldn't stop crying every time I think of those children.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Marly, that turned out great! Thanks for the turorial too. I may get brave and try this someday. Now I'll have something to refer to when I get even braver and try to finish it. LOL!

mainelystitching said...

I hear you. Or feel you. I mean, it just seems like the world should come to an end, at least for a little while.

Your stitching is beautiful. Stitching always brings such solace.

Maggee said...

What a great finishing job Marly! Excellent instructions and pictures! As always! I sure do enjoy your blog! Merry Christmas!

Mary A said...

I love the Beale finish! It looks great and thank you for sharing your tips with us. I received the book "Christmas Portraits" today. I will be starting on the Postman Santa soon. Mary A

butterfly said...

Thank you Thank you for sharing, it's wonderful.

Siobhán said...

Beautiful finish, Marly! Thanks for taking the time to do the step by step pictures. I'm a visual learner and every bit of finishing help is a huge plus for me!

stitchinrose said...

You have probably answered this question before, but where do you get the mylar? I haven't seen that used before and wonder where you get it, is it a special kind, and the most important question, is it expensive? :o}

Carol said...

Oh, didn't your wreath turn out beautifully, Marly--you are such a top-notch finisher. I doubt I would ever get up my nerve to try anything so complicated, but if I do, I'll remember your wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for taking the time to make it for us :)

Suzanne said...

Wow, your wreath is so beautiful. Thank you for describing your technique, it really helps.

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