Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bead-less, But Best

Mary Konior Pattern Marguerite
Thread: Cebelia #30 Blue, Lizbeth #40 Yellow

Here is the vintage hanky with the edging that I copied from Frivole’s work here. 

Honestly, I believe that even after all the hankies I have done, with beads and fancy stitches and so on, this is the best one yet. It is so simple pretty and was satisfying to tat, with enough of a challenge  having the two rows with a smaller thread on the inside.

Thanks, Frivole. I loved your idea of adding that second row and have wanted to tat this since you posted yours, but I didn’t have an appropriate hankie until good fortune smiled and my Friend in North Carolina sent me this one AND the perfect blue thread with which to tat an edging!

I do love these vintage hankies, 
but I find that they are very hard to come by.


Sewing this edging on was also a challenge, as I changed my usual method. I sewed it on the backside of the hankie so that the bottom half or quarter of the attached picots were mainly on the back of the fabric. I do not know why I did not think of this before as it makes more sense. Anyway, the stitching is less obvious and neater than in the past. I am not much of a needleworker at the best of times!

I used regular yellow cotton thread - after trying that dreadful invisible stuff. It is awful to work with and I nearly threw out the spool, but I knew as soon as I did I would find some arcane use for it! So it is back in the little sewing box, hidden safely away.

Before sewing - I do not baste - I attached the hankie to the edging with safety pins in 8 places. The pins were bought online and are inferior - nothing like the quality of that little round striver that you see beside the coil-less pin. I have only one of those and had never seen one before I received this one in a package from... I think it was Denise.

I finally caved this morning and sent away for a packet of 10. : ))

25 comments:

  1. Your hankie is perfection! Love the colors you chose for both rounds :-)

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  2. Your hanky is GORGEOUS! I love the look of the two colors together. I hope you will be displaying it in your home to enjoy. Okay, where did you order the round striver. I have never seen those cool things before.

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    1. Thanks JB,

      ! I love it!

      Here you go:
      http://hiyahiyanorthamerica.com/hiyahiya-knitters-safety-pins-10pk-p-26573.html

      Fox the Enabler : ))

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    2. Yes, you are such a good enabler!
      Thanks for the info.

      JB

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  3. I use tiny Clover pins for hankies - the ones with the white heads. They give meaning to the old term "pin money"- because they're expensive, and I treasure each single one! Great for hankies because they're so small, very fine and smooth and sharp.
    Your hanky is wonderful.

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    1. Hi Maureen,
      I am off to look up Clover pins! I know that old reference, but have never heard of the pins. : )

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  4. I very much like your hanky. The edging matches so well. The safety pins are a great idea. They hold things in place and don't poke you like straight pins.

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  5. Lovely! The blue and yellow are perfect together, and Frivole is very inspirational. I'll be working on my hanky tonight, although it's not nearly as colorful as yours!

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  6. Your edging makes that hanky so beautiful!!! :)

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  7. Glad you all like it. It's my new fave. ; )

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  8. It's beautiful, Fox. The perfect frame for that doily. Hmm, I think I, too, must have a set of those round pins. I usually use straight pins which means I usually stick myself a time or two before I'm done. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. I used to use regular straight pins to but I am such a klutz... remember all the bandages? Drastic measures were in order.

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    1. Kitty Snips? Must have missed that, Eliz. I shall go back and have a look...
      Fox : )

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  10. I admire your work and especially your use of color. I am traveling to Colorado and whenever I go I visit an antique shop that usually has many hankies. If you will email me your mailing address and whether you prefer printed designs or plain (I'm betting printed). The next to last time I was there I saw a hanky similar to the one you tatted an edge for with a lily of the valley design on it, I thought I put it in my pile to purchase and when I got home I realized I hadn't. The following year when I went back it was still there,of course I snapped it up. I love the thought of liberating some more of them and getting to enjoy seeing what you create. (My email= clesliea at aol dot com)

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    1. Oooh Connie,
      I am so excited! I shall send you an email! : ))
      Fox

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  11. Here you go: http://compare.ebay.com.au/like/360603444262?ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes

    Not that I bought mine on ebay, but it's the only picture I could find! The ones I have are the tiny white-headed ones in the little plastic case - and I paid a LOT more for them here, at the Craft Show!

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    1. I see! I think my sister uses these little ones for quilting. Good idea, but I like the tiny round safety pins. Less dangerous!
      Fox : ))

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  12. Hi Fox
    That is a beautiful hanky, well done.
    Love to Gian
    Margaret

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  13. good idea and as always your work is perfect !
    Have a nice day

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  14. Wonderful border, it looks just right for the hanky - great work! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Frivole! It would not have appeared here were it not for your beautiful example.
      Fox : )

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