Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ugh

I have decided I don't like doing edgings. 

They're just not worth the hassle!!

Here is an edging I have been working on for WEEKS--three rounds, no corner in the pattern so I had to make it up, finally finished...


Fine. 

Except now I'm trying to attach the @)&@;)&:! edging to the "/$):@"-$:!;@! Handkerchief, and it's );@"(@)/?!! not working very well. 


You see, it's a little snug. Not too short, jus too snug. And I could' see it while I tatted it because it was three rows and you tat the inside row last. 


So I tried to sew it on today, and totally had a stupid gap at the corner!!

So I had to cut it off and now I've got it pinned out to stretch it a little. 


And I guess I'll try it again tomorrow. BLAh!!

I'm pretty much over it. 

Thoughts/suggestions?

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  1. I apologise for the above comment(s).
    The edging is nice. My possible solutions
    1. Tat another round very close to the inner one, enough to close the gap.
    2. Embroider or Crochet a decorative stitch/chain that will span the gap while joining the edging to the fabric . The closest to what I want to say is something along these lines : http://daniellajoe.com/tag/crochet-diy-lace-hankies/
    The latter can be seen in vintage lingerie. There's a specific term which I forget.
    Hope this helps ?

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    1. Thank you! These are both excellent solutions...maybe better than what I actually did. Of course, I don't actually know how to crochet, so #2 would have been a little tough...something to learn, maybe, someday. :)

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  2. I'd try making the hanky fit the edging by cutting the hem off and re-sewing it. A pain but worth the effort for such a pretty edging.

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    1. That probably would have been better than what I ended up doing. I'm officially reformed--no more tatting full edgings without attaching them as I go! :)

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  3. I can soooooo relate! So frustrating. I think I understand your language too! Great suggestions to fix, but I think I'm with you regarding the love/hate relationship with edgings. Your tatting is so pretty - I hope you can get it finally attached to satisfaction :)

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    1. Thanks Cindy. In the end I wasn't 100% happy, but I did get it attached and that is a net gain. Next time I'm going to attach as I tat, and hopefully not have to practice such colorful language! :)

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  4. I thought Jane might have a solution! The edging is really pretty, so I hope you can make a plan.

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    1. Yes, count on Jane for excellent advice!

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  5. I can see three possible ways to make this fit. Maybe one of them will work for you.
    1. Cut the hem off and re-hem the hanky to fit the edging.
    or
    2. Don't CUT the hem, just 'roll' it a bit to the back of the hanky and re-hem it that way, making sure it fits your edging.
    OR
    3. Tat a different edging for this hanky and buy a piece of cotton or linen, wash in hot water (to shrink it first), hem it to fit the 3-row edging, and you've got 2 pretty hankies instead of one. :-)

    This edging is beautiful. I am very reluctant to tat an edging that is worked outer row first because I can't see the fit until the whole edging is completed. I'd only do it if I planned to hem a piece of fabric to fit. I can definitely identify with your frustration, though. Been there, done that....

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    1. Thanks for these suggestions! Probably all three of these solutions are better than what I ended up doing, but it's done now and I have (very happily) moved on! :)

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  6. Oh, I would make that fit!

    What I do is pin the corners and then work on one side at a time with pins, dampening the tatting to stretch where needed. It always works!

    The tatting usually can be stretched quite a bit. Good luck! It looks grand. : )

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Fox--it worked pretty well, all things considered.

      Next time I'm attaching as I go! :-D

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  7. I agree with Fox, the only way I do hankys is a pattern that I can attach to the hanky as I go, if more than one round I attach the first and then do the other rounds with it attached,
    Hope you get to fit,
    Margaret

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    1. :) Lesson learned, Margaret, lesson learned!

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  8. Hope it works after you block it. What a pain in the neck! (PS it's pretty)

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    1. Thanks. It did work (mostly) and it was a pain (100%!) But I agree, sooooo pretty!

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