Once I’d sorted out the corners, the final border was plain sailing. It just took awhile, as the finished piece is 16 inches by 15 inches.20140626-161659-58619081.jpg

The finished border, ready to take off the frame.

20140626-161659-58619627.jpgThis shows the canvas piece laid on the cushion and the fabric for the edging and back. It only gives a vague impression as the extra canvas and denim are folded underneath. It’s now ready for the scary bit – blocking. Not something I’ve done before with such a big piece of canvas work, nor unaided. But too impatient to wait for help.

20140626-161700-58620173.jpgI’ve read how to do it in a couple of different books. Basically, it needs damping and stretching over an old sheet into a board with push pins or tacks, making sure it is straight and square, and leaving to dry thoroughly. One book recommends for at least a week. I’ve got mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it means I’ve got to be patient before I unpin it to see how it looks and to finish it off, on the other it means I can start (or continue) with another project without feeling I should finish this first.

20140626-161701-58621142.jpgThe blocking has to be done wrong side up, which means you can see the messy side, no knots (uncomfortable to lean or sit on), just woven through ends.

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I’ve  just got to be patient.

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