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This week, I was cutting out bias strips to edge the quilt my Mum made for me. I was using a double white sheet I got from a charity shop for £1.50. As I was cutting out the strips, I was thinking how soft the fabric was and started wondering if they would make handkerchiefs
Personally, I love to use a fresh crisp white handkerchief every day. I know many people prefer to use tissues. Myself, I don’t like the way they disintegrate in my pocket/bag and I’m also not fond of single use products.
So I thought I would give it a try. I measured one of my handkerchiefs and cut out four.
Then I made a small hem and sewed all around the edge….job done! How many could you make from a double sheet? Hundreds. So the cost of each handkerchief is as good as nothing.
After that, I fancied having a go at drawn thread work. Something that I think is elegant and very pretty. So, I measured off a hem, maybe in retrospect, a little big. And using some tweezers, I teased out ( haha, see what I did there) the end of a thread. Pulling gently with the tweezers and keeping the tweezers very close to the fabric, ease the thread out. Each gentle pull will pull out an inch of thread, concertina the fabric, push the rest of the fabric back so the end of the thread advances towards you, and pull again.
Eventually the fabric will look like this, with one thread drawn out.
Do it again, and it will look like this.
I now had to hem the edges, creating the little drawn wedge shapes.
To do this, I had to pick up a few threads and pull the needle through, then putting the needle back through the same place, pick up a few threads of the hem edge to secure it. As you can see, I am still learning this technique, and the hem is rather uneven at this point. I shall carry on, and if it looks too awful, I just won’t use it. It’s taking quite a while to do right now as I am learning, and I have not mastered the art of embroidery, so this type of thing is unfamiliar. But I’m enjoying the learning and anticipating that I will master it and be able to make something lovely.
I may make another four, and that would be plenty to top up my supplies. I keep the existing ones in a very pretty box. Some of them are extremely fine and not for everyday use as they are not particularly practical, but oh so pretty, and I like to take them when out for the evening.