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Today we’ll finish a Trefoil Hexie by decorating its center with a couched spiral.
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♣ Materials and tools today
♣ Couching the center with embroidery thread or yarn
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to be couched: embroidery thread – you can also use thick crochet yarn
for couching: contrasting embroidery thread & needle – or sewing needle & thread matching the embroidery thread (= for invisible stitches)
Click on images for larger view Couching the center with embroidery thread or yarn
We need: a hexie *** embroidery thread or thick crochet yarn *** a needle and thread (here I use an embroidery needle with contrasting Pearl Cotton as “sewing thread”) *** scissors.
I pass the needle through under the rosette, coming out in the center. I gently pull the tail until it’s hidden.
Then I secure the thread with a buttonhole stitch.
I cut about 80 cm // 32 inches of Pearl Cotton, fold it in half (for a thicker couching thread) and in half again to determine the middle. When you’re using a bundle of threads or thick yarn already, cut 40 cm // 16 inch.
I catch the middle of the folded thread (or bundle)…
…and tie it down with a buttonhole stitch.
Then I start whip-stitching the whole bundle (in my case all four threads) onto the center.
Here I stitch into the rosette,…
…here into the flap again. With every stitch I turn the hexie a bit – shaping the couching thread into a spiral.
Once the spiral center is large enough, I fasten the (green) bundle with a (red) buttonhole stitch. Then I tie 2 half knots with the red and the whole bundle of green threads. – Not shown: Then I pass the needle right through the center, through the green threads to the other side.
As you can see perhaps, the red thread is sort of on the other side of the center – easy, because it was already attached to a needle. I could do the same with each green thread, but I’m lazy 😉 Crochet hooks are too thick or too fine to do the job, so I “invent” a tool for pulling the bundle through at once: an embroidery needle (best with ballpoint, to prevent injury – or just be careful) with a piece of sewing thread.
Holding the needle so I won’t poke myself, I insert it eye first through the center towards the green threads. Wiggle the needle a bit to find a path that doesn’t require much effort/pushing.
Here the needle is through.
I pull the sewing thread out into a loop – making sure there’s still a tail on the other side.
I pass the bundle of green threads through the loop.
Here it’s through.
Then I pull the loop a little bit smaller, but not close.
I stick my finger between the sewing thread loop and the green thread bundle to prevent the loop from catching it right by the spiral; that would leave me with nothing to pull through. Once that happens to you you’ll know what I mean 😉
I start pulling, making sure that the loop still catches the green threads at a distance.
I pull more, both on the needle and the sewing thread.
The green threads are appearing on the other side.
I remove the loop and pull them all the way through.
Your task today
Couch the centers of 1 or 2 Trefoil Hexies.
I’ll show you how to make a Day 6 = Wednesday Pinwheel Hexie.
In the meantime, please cut 3 or 4 hexies using the same template as last week.
This week I’ll start showing you some ways of using buttons, sequins and beads in various sizes (you won’t need many – whatever you’ve got).
When you’re using small “seed beads”, test whether your sewing needle goes through all the way. If it doesn’t, find a thinner needle. (We’ll only pick up a bead at a time, so you won’t need a special fine and long beading needle – but if you got one, you can of course use it).
You’ll also need a bit of packaging plastic, not too thick – the lid of a margarine tub is perfect.
If you have any questions, please post them in the comments.
Have a good weekend 🙂